Authors Attending

Michael Morpurgo is a master storyteller and has won countless awards. A former Children’s Laureate, he has written more than 100 books for children and is a timeless campaigner for children’s reading. At the last festival he gave an unforgettable reading of his book War...

Robin Ravilous was closely involved in her husband James’s work from the start, often travelling with him and working on his books and exhibitions. She shared his love of the country life and understood what inspired him. In her book about his life, she reveals...

Philip Reeve is the creator of many, wonderful adventure books for children, including Here Lies Arthurwhich won the most prestigious award for children’s books, the Carnegie Medal, in 2008.His series, Mortal Engines, has just been released as a movie, directed by Christian Rivers and produced...

Pocketwatch Theatre Company are a Devon based company, passionate about producing fun and engaging storytelling theatre for children and adults. Over the last seven years they have had a returning residency at Powderham Castle during the school holidays, entertaining thousands with a different themed interactive performance...

Christopher Reid is the author of many books of poems, including A Scattering (winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award 2009), The Song of Lunch, Nonsense and The Curiosities. For his first collection of poems for children, All Sorts, he received the Signal Award 2000. From 1991to1999 he was Poetry Editor...

Ian Robertson has been commentating on rugby union for BBC radio since 1972 and is acknowledged as one of the outstanding sports broadcasters of the last 50 years. Regular listeners of Radio 5 Live voted his award-winning account of England’s victory in the 2003 World...

Salley Vickers is the author of many acclaimed novels including the best-selling Miss Garnet's Angel, Mr Golightly's Holiday, The Other Side of You and The Cleaner of Chartres, and two short story collections, the latest The Boy Who Could See Death. She has worked variously...

Dr Sam Willis is an award-winning historian, archaeologist and broadcaster whose work takes him on adventures all over the world. He has made 12 television series for the BBC and National Geographic, including The Silk Road and his most recent, Invasion! in which he reveals...