Announcing the line up and locations for The Biggest Book Show on Earth 2018

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“One of the most enjoyable and exciting book events in the UK. The atmosphere every year is electric – the passion for reading and writing unparalleled – and it’s a real treat to be involved in such a positive and inspiring project.” Abi Elphinstone, author of Sky Song

“The best show I’ve ever been to.” St Joseph’s School, Dublin

We are thrilled to announce the line up for our major nationwide tour of author and illustrator events in theatres around the country, The Biggest Book Show on Earth 2018. This year, there will be six events throughout the UK and Ireland, running from 26 February to 3 March.

The host cities for this year’s tour are Dublin, Oswestry, Aberystwyth, Doncaster, Brighton and Newcastle. In each location, we will be working closely with local partners and bookshops to arrange bookselling and coordinate with local schools to invite children to attend.

For the first time ever, we will also be doing a public family event at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle on Saturday 3 March. Tickets are now on sale here.

The stellar line up for 2018 will feature 35 authors and illustrators and all dates on the tour will be hosted by author of The Nothing to See Here Hotel, Steven Butler.

Monday 26th February at the Liberty Hall, Dublin, in partnership with Dublin City Libraries
Gerard Siggins, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, David O’Doherty & Chris Judge, Derek Landy, E.R. Murray

Tuesday 27th February at The Marches School, Oswestry, in partnership with Booka Bookshop
Andy Griffiths, Katherine Woodfine, Olaf Falafel, Abi Elphinstone, Jennifer Bell

Wednesday 28th February at the Arts Centre, Aberystwyth in partnership with the Welsh Books Council
Malachy Doyle, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Jonathan Meres, Atinuke, Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton

Thursday 1st March at The Dome, Doncaster in partnership with The Doncaster Book Award
Nadiya Hussain, Cressida Cowell, Andy Griffiths, Dermot O’Leary, Cathy Cassidy

Friday 2nd March at the Theatre Royal, Brighton in partnership with The Book Nook
Holly Smale, Pamela Butchart, Kes Gray & Jim Field, Adrian Edmondson, Liz Pichon

Saturday 3rd March at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle in partnership with Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books
Francesca Simon, Julian Clary & David Roberts, Alex T Smith, Tom Fletcher, Clare Balding

As well as these live dates, this year for World Book Day 2018 we are creating two 30-minute exclusive online ‘specials’ including an Illustrator Extravaganza for KS1 children, available for schools, bookshops and libraries to stream. You can sign up now here to watch the shows, which will be available from midday on Wednesday 28th February.

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