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Popular children’s book festival returns to Stirling

Wednesday 26 February 2020
Stirling Council’s popular children’s book festival, smallprint, will return for its eagerly-anticipated sequel at the start of next month.
Smallprint - Harry Potter themed party

Last year’s inaugural festival proved a huge hit as more than 700 children attended a wide-range of activities in libraries, selling out a number of venues.

Smallprint 2020 will run from World Book Day, Thursday, 5 March, until Saturday, 7 March, with another exciting programme of free events catering for children of all ages and tastes. 

Appearances from best-selling children’s author, Emily Dodd, and award-winning illustrator, Tom Morgan Jones, are among the highlights, and there will heaps of fun-filled interactive workshops involving science, witches and wizards, digital tech and gadgets.

Some of last year’s favourites including the Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre and the Harry Potter themed party will also make a return.

Another great success story

Convener of the Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, Councillor Chris Kane said: “There was a tremendous turnout at the first smallprint festival, and the feedback from families and the authors who took part was extremely positive.

“With another exciting and diverse offering across our libraries, I am sure this fun, free festival will be another great success story and open up the magical world of books to children, helping to give them the best start in life.”

Schools will also have a tailored line-up of events for pupils to enjoy, headed by the likes of Bookbug Picture Book Prize winner, Alan Windram and, back by popular demand, children’s fairytale author Angela Proctor.

Inspiring the next generation

Vice Convener of the Committee, Cllr Maureen Bennison said: “Smallprint captured the imagination of families last year and the festival is a fantastic addition to Stirling’s packed and varied events calendar.

“Our libraries service has delivered another spell-binding programme with wide appeal, and staff are looking forward to welcoming more pupils and families along and inspiring the next generation to pick up a book.”

Ticket details

For more information and to book tickets for the smallprint Children’s Book Festival, head to the Events Stirling website.

Tickets are also available for open events at individual libraries and through the Tolbooth (01786 274000) and Albert Halls (01786 473544) booking office.

If you require more information, please contact: 01786 237535

Picture details: 

Pictured are children, library staff and Cllr Chris Kane at last year’s sold-out Harry Potter themed party at St Ninian’s Library, one of the events at the inaugural smallprint festival.