Bookchat Roadshow

Bookchat Roadshow


Harlands Primary School
Penland Road
Haywards Heath
RH16 1PJ

Date(s) - 20-July-2017
9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Harlands Primary School

The Bookchat Roadshow is back and it’s bigger and better! The Roadshow takes place on Thursday 20th July at Harlands Primary School, Haywards Heath and brings together award winning authors, local organisations and industry experts to inspire parents and carers to support children’s creativity. The event is organised by the Book Activist Victoria Dilly, who says: Collaborating with relevant organisations and individuals who share a passion for reading and writing is a brilliant way to help parents, encourage young readers and inspire the writers of the future! I’d like to reach as many people as possible with useful information, ideas and suggestions, signposting all the fantastic ways they can support and encourage their children’s reading and writing.”

Award winning children’s author Nikki Sheehan will be talking to parents about her experiences as a mentor with Brighton-based writing organisation Little Green Pig. Nikki says:  “I’m so excited to be taking part in the Bookchat Roadshow! As a reader, writer and story mentor with Little Green Pig, I’m very aware of the miracles that can happen when you allow children to take ownership of their reading and writing.” She will be joined in an author panel Bookchat by Jamie Thomson winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize; Jenny McLachlan bestselling author of teen fiction; A. F Harrold performance poet and children’s author: “I’m very pleased to be taking part in the Roadshow. In this day and age the empathy and other-person’s-shoe-ness that reading, both fiction and non-fiction, can help nurture and grow inside a human heart cannot be a bad thing to encourage, so let’s encourage it.”  

The team behind national best-selling children’s magazine Scoop will be sharing their thoughts on celebrating stories and the Book Activist will be giving ideas for encouraging young readers. Barrington Stoke will be talking about how to support struggling readers. Waterstones and Usborne books are providing bookstalls and local organisations will be on hand with advice.  This is an event not to be missed!

Just in time for summer, parents will go home with lots of ideas to help their children get creative over the holidays. So whether your child loves stories and is a fluent reader; can’t get on with reading and writing or maybe hasn’t started even started learning to read or write, come along and be inspired! Supported by some wonderful organisations passionate about creativity, the event is FREE to attend and open to ALL parents across Sussex.

Registration is absolutely essential so visit to find out more and register for your space.