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It’s back and bigger than ever; the World Book Day Share A Story Live tour returns in 2019 with a smorgasbord of writers and illustrators.
World Book Day will be bringing books to life for children in four locations across the UK – Dundee, Bradford, Swindon and Manchester rallying young readers around the excitement of sharing a story – live on stage.
The World Book Day Share A Story Live tour features a diverse line-up of speakers – from World Book Day authors and illustrators including Sibéal Pounder, Abi Elphinstone, Steven Lenton and Frank Cottrell-Boyce, to performance poet and playwright Joseph Coelho; and from Making Herstory CEO and Founder Onjali Q. Raúf, to World Book Day illustrator Rob Biddulph. The series has been created to appeal to the widest possible range of children and young people.
Kirsten Grant, Director of World Book Day said: “World Book Day is committed to increasing its social impact year-on-year. It’s our vision to offer every child in the UK the opportunity to read and love books, and our collaboration with the National Literacy Trust plays a hugely important part in our efforts to bring the joy of sharing a story to young readers where this will make a real difference. Having the chance to be inspired by this amazing range of authors and illustrators will have an enormous impact on how the children in the audience view books and reading. It will be a very special experience for them.”
Onjali, author of The Boy at the Back of the Class, added: “I feel incredibly honoured to be a part of the Share A Story Live events this year: to have the chance to meet fellow booklovers and readers is one of the best, most beautiful sides to becoming an author imaginable. So, roll on World Book Day 2019!”
You can see the full tour line-up below:

Swindon, Wyvern Theatre, 4 March
Hosted by Steven Butler

  • Holly SmaleThe Valentines: Happy Girl Lucky
  • Pamela Butchart, There’s a Yeti in the Playground, illustrated by Thomas Flintham 
  • Frank Cottrell-Boyce – The Great Rocket Robbery, illustrated by Steven Lenton
  • Martin Brown – illustrator of Horrible Histories: 25th Anniversary Editions, by Terry Deary 
  • Cathy Cassidy – Sami’s Silver Lining, illustrated by Erin Keen

Dundee, Whitehall Theatre, 7 March

  • Sibéal Pounder –  Bad Mermaids Meet The Witches, illustrated by Jason Cockcroft and Laura Ellen Anderson 
  • Steven Lenton – illustrator of The Hundred and One Dalmatians: Cruella and Cadpig, by Peter Bently 
  • Catherine Doyle – The Storm Keeper’s Island 
  • Joseph Coelho – A Year of Nature Poems, illustrated by Kelly Louise Judd 

Manchester, Manchester Airport, 7 March
Hosted by Steven Butler

  • Tom Fletcher The Creakers, illustrated by Shane Devries 
  • Rob Biddulph – Happy Hatchday
  • Cressida Cowell – The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic 
  • Alex T. Smith – Claude: Best in Show 
  • Abi Elphinstone – Everdark 

Bradford, University of Bradford, 7 March 

  • Anna James Pages & Co: Tilly and the Bookwanderers
  • Onjali Q. Raúf The Boy at the Back of the Class 
  • Humza Arshad Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties, by Humza Arshad and Henry White, illustrated by Alexi Bitskoff 
  • Dr Jess French What A Waste: Rubbish, Recycling and Protecting our Planet 

World Book Day’s 2018 live tour – ‘The Biggest Book Show on Earth’ – reached record numbers, with 700,000 signing up to the online event, while a further 4,500 came to the live shows. We hope to see you at one of the 2019 events!