The summer holidays have only just started, but if you're already staring into a yawning abyss wondering what you're going to do with the kids for six weeks, the Wonderlands children's writing festival might be a good thing to have on the horizon.
On the last weekend in August at the British Library, it features talks by some mega-famous children's writers, poets and illustrators including Children's Laureate and Gruffao creator Julia Donaldson, Michael Rosen, Michael Morpurgo, Charlie Dark and Shaun Tan. Also: Rastamouse! (OK, writers of the Rastamouse books Michael De Souza and Genevieve Webster.) We expect these to sell out so book your tickets early.
There'll also be a free storytelling tent installed in the piazza on Saturday and Sunday, and there's still a chance to win a year's worth of books or an e-reader with Booktrust's creative writing competition. Just get 6-16-year-olds to write 100-150 words on 'my favourite place' and submit by 5pm on Sunday.
Wonderlands takes place at the British Library, Euston Road, on 24-26 August. Tickets for author events cost £6 / £4. For more information and to book see the British Library website. Photo by louisberk from the Londonist Flickr pool.