Lots for kids at festival

book and arts Moira munro cartoon
book and arts Moira munro cartoon

THERE is just over one week to go now until Milngavie’s fourth Book and Arts Festival begins, with its exciting line-up of events for all to enjoy.

The offical opening at the Lillie Art Gallery is on Tuesday, September 6 with Kaye Adams - but you could get into the swing of things a day earlier in Milngavie Town Hall when Monday Swing performs.

There is also loads on for children - they will be judge and jury at a packed programme of events, five of which will take place in Milngavie’s former courtroom, next to the Town Hall, on Saturday, September 10.

Storyplaytime kicks it all off with Moomins at 10am and Peepo! at 11am which is suitable for children aged two and over.

Session leader Liz Burton-King said: “We are really excited about being involved in the festival. I’m particularly looking forward to bringing our new Peepo! session to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this classic children’s book. Children will get the chance to meet ‘Baby’ from the book, and join in with songs, games - and even some fishing in the park pond! We hope to see you there!”

Donald Nelson, fresh from his appearance at the Kidzfield at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, will entertain older children with stories, poems and songs in Milngavie Bookshop at 11am before making way for a visit from Badger the Mystical Mutt at 12.30pm. Both of these events are free.


Author Scott McIntyre is next to take the stand at midday when he tells the story of ‘Jake & Dixie: Super Magic Lightening Boy’ with colouring in and dot-to-dot activities based on his book.

Scott said: “This is just a good, old-fashioned, rip-roaring story about a boy and his imagination, playing in the back garden, being a hero and getting rid of baddies. It’s a Hollywood blockbuster in the head of a five-year-old.” This captivating event is suitable for ages four to seven.

Then, children’s author and illustrator Moira Munro will be inviting children aged nine to 12 years to turn their wicked ideas into cartoons, as she delivers secret drawing tips in her 90 minute workshop.

Meanwhile, the little ones will be entertained in the marquee at St Andrew’s Church at 2.30pm where local man, Lewis MacLeod, voice of the ever-popular Postman Pat TV series, will read from the world famous books.

Janey Louise Jones will round off the day’s proceedings - well-known for her Princess Poppy books - with a ballet-themed event for six to nine year olds based on her latest novel, Cloudberry Castle, the cover of which was illustrated by Moira Munro. Go dressed in a ballet/princess outfit with a prize for the best get-up.

Tickets for events cost from £3 to £5 and are available from Milngavie Bookshop or Art Forum in Milngavie and www.milngaviefestival.org.uk

If you could spare a couple of hours on the afternoon of Saturday, September 10, then volunteers are still needed to help out with courtroom events. Contact festival project manager Alison Hughes on 07941 793585 or a.hughes@ntlworld.com for further details.