Children's Authors Jamila Gavin and Margaret Mulligan @ Bradford Libraries

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Celebrate Children's Book Week Mon 31 October to Friday 4 November 2016 at Bradford Libraries with children's authors Jamila Gavin and Margaret Mulligan.

Jamila is award winning children's author of tens of books for children from 5 to 16.  Margaret has recently won the Read Regional new author award.

Bradford Libraries are delighted that we can offer schools three events for Children’s Book Week (31 October - 4 November 2016) with two children’s authors – Jamila Gavin and Margaret Mulligan. 

Firstly, we have award winning children's author Jamila Gavin coming to Bradford as part of London’s Asian Literature Festival, on Monday 31 October. She is a fantastic and prolific children's author, her books include Granpa’s Indian Summer, The Magic Orange Tree, The Eye of the Horse and The Girl who Rode on a Lion to name but a few. Coram Boy won the Whitbread prize and is used widely in schools.  For more information on Jamila’s books visit  She will be introducing two of her books during her visit - Tales of India and Blackberry Blue. Blackberry Blue is a collection of fairy stories with children from different ethnic groups as the main characters.

Jamila will be at City Library 9.45am – 10.45am (Suitable for Year 3 or Year 4) and Manningham Library 1.15pm – 2.15pm (Suitable for Year 5 or Year 6). Both sessions are free of charge. We have places for 60 children for each session from two schools. We will offer one place (30 children max) per school. 

Secondly, we have Margaret Mulligan, author of Katy Parker and the House That Cried.  Margaret is a history teacher and new author from Bloomsbury Publishing and has recently won the Read Regional new author award.  The story is about Katy, a young girl assigned a school history project on WW2, only to find that her research takes a strange turn, when she and her brother find themselves waking up in 1940s England. Can Katy change the course of history and prevent the tragic death of a little girl in a terrifying air raid? Margaret will be reading extracts from her book and discussing events with the children. The children will also take part in an activity to consider what they would choose to take if they were evacuated. Margaret will be at Ilkley Library 10.30am – 11.30am. The session is suitable for Year 5 or Year 6 and is free of charge. We have places for 30 children from two schools. We will offer one place (15 children max) per school.

If you are interested in booking one of the events above please fill in the form attached. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 4 October 2016.  Your school will be sent a letter of confirmation if you have been successful in securing a place. If you require further information please contact Christinea Donnelly Development Officer for Young People

T: 01274 433915.


Published: 28/09/2016
Audience: Head Teachers; Primary Teachers; Literacy Co-ordinators
Contact: Christinea Donnelly

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