Previous events

midnightpeacockMuseum of London
The Sinclair’s Mysteries
Saturday 16 December

We had lots of fun at this special festive event to celebrate The Midnight Peacock – making Edwardian-inspired Christmas decorations, dressing up in Edwardian hats and posing for sepia photographs, and writing mystery stories inspired by the Museum of London collection.

midnightpeacockKingston Children’s Literary Festival
Katherine Woodfine: The Midnight Peacock
Saturday 9 December
Kingston Library

I took part in the first ever Kingston Children’s Literary Festival, with a festive reading from my latest book The Midnight Peacock.

midnightpeacockBooks on Tyne Family Day
Katherine Woodfine: The Midnight Peacock
Saturday 2nd December, 11.30am
Lit & Phil, Newcastle

A free event as part of the Books on Tyne Family Day to celebrate The Midnight Peacock.

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Katherine Woodfine
Tuesday 28 November, 12 – 2.00pm
Online event

An online ‘Ask the Author’ event on the @EgmontUK Twitter account – check out the hashtag #quizKatherine to see more.

kidsfestivalSouth Ken Kids Festival
Prize Ceremony: Booktube Power
Friday 17th November, 4.00pm
Institut Francais, London

I helped to reveal the winners of South Ken Kids Festival’s booktube competition for children and young people, along with booktuber Lemon June, and writer Clémentine Beauvais.

kidsfestivalSouth Ken Kids Festival
Journeys Across Europe
Saturday 18th November, 2.30pm
Institut Francais, London

I joined by two other writers from the Aarhus 39 project, Sandrine Kao and Finn-Ole Heinrich to talk about the joy of story-writing in several languages with translator and translation activist Daniel Hahn.

kidsfestivalSouth Ken Kids Festival
Booktubing DIY
Saturday 18th November, 3.45pm
Institut Francais, London

I teamed up with top French booktuber Lemon June for this interactive workshop for kids interested in having a go at making their own book review videos. In English and French for age 7+

midnightpeacockNewham Word Festival 2017
Schools event: Katherine Woodfine
Tuesday 7 November, 1.30pm
Manor Park CNC, London

I went along to Manor Park Library to talk to children from local schools about The Midnight Peacock for this event as part of the Newham Word Festival.

aarhusInternational Children’s Literature Hay Festival Aarhus 2017
About my Story: Books, Fireplaces and Curious Doors
Thursday 26 October 9.30am

I was joined by two other writers from the anthology Quest, Ævar Þór Benediktsson and Maria Turtschaninoff to talk to to Manu Sareen about our tales. In English and Danish.

aarhusInternational Children’s Literature Hay Festival Aarhus 2017
Illustrated Reading
Saturday 28 October 1.15pm

Readings from me and my fellow Aarhus 39 author Sanne Munk Jensen. Illustrator Søren Jessen also drew our stories live on stage! In English and Danish.

midnightpeacockMuseum of London
Storybook London

A talk exploring the rich history of children’s stories inspired by London. From classics like Paddington through to contemporary fantasy, we took a journey through the Storybook London of children’s literature.

14306-fitandcrop-484x305Cheltenham Literature Festival
Get Creative!

I joined Jonathan Stroud, Christopher Edge and Lizzy Stewart for this creative madcap event for the whole family. We discussed all aspects of creativity – and  proved our skills live on stage too!

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Mermaids and Dragons, Pirates and Witches

I interviewed two fantastic authors – Sibéal Pounder (Witch Snitch) and Claire Fayer (The Accidental Pirates). We discussed everything from creating characters to how they plot their zany adventures.

raymieWaterstones Kensington
Meet Lauren Child & Kate diCamillo

I was lucky enough to chair this very special event with two children’s book superstars – UK Children’s Laureate Lauren Child and American author Kate DiCamillo, a previous US National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

kw_painteddragon_cov_onlyEdinburgh International Book Festival 2017
Mysterious Crimes: Sarah Rubin & Katherine Woodfine
Bailie Gifford Corner Theatre

At the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Sarah and I discussed the dangerous and puzzling cases in the Alice Jones series, plus the mysterious disappearance of a priceless painting in The Painted Dragon.

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YALC 2017
London Olympia

I was thrilled to chair four panel events at YALC (the Young Adult Literature Convention) 2017

  • Friday 29 July, 12 noon – Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story – a historical fiction panel with authors Juno Dawson, Catherine Johnson and Elizabeth Wein
  • Friday 29 July, 5pm – We Love Buffy – celebrating the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with authors Laure Eve, Alison Goodman, Stefan Mohammed, Non Pratt and Harriet Reuter Hapgood.
  • Saturday 30 July, 10am – Who Runs the World? Panel discussion with authors Tanya Byrne, Virginia Bergin, Claire Hennessy and Holly Smale.
  • Saturday 30 July, 5pm – The Books that Made Me with Joanne Harris, VE Schwab and Laini Taylor.

9781911077886Waterstones Piccadilly
Taking flight with the Dragons: An Evening with Cornelia Funke
Piccadilly, London

I was very excited to interview Cornelia Funke – worldwide bestselling author of Inkheart – about her books Dragon Rider and new The Griffin’s Feather at Waterstones Piccadilly, featuring fairy-tales, fantastic animals, and lots of creative inspiration for all ages.

dtrh_pictureHay Festival 2017
DTRH Live: The Illustrators Who Made Us

Starlight Stage, Hay

Our second DTRH Live event was a picture book themed discussion with illustrators Rob Biddulph, Leigh Hobbs, Emma Lewis and Britta Teckentrup, to celebrate the Kate Greenaway Medal 2017. Listen online here.

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Robin Stevens & Katherine Woodfine

Starlight Stage, Hay

Robin and I had a great time at this a super-sleuthing, murder-mystery themed event at the Hay Festival 2017! We shared all the secrets behind our Murder Most Unladylike and Sinclair’s Mysteries series.

newcastlenoirNewcastle Noir 2017
Children’s Crime Fiction with Lyn Gardner & Laura Wood
Sunday 30 April, 10.00am
Lit & Phil, Newcastle

I took part in a special children’s crime fiction panel at the Newcastle Noir festival, along with two other fantastic authors of mysteries and detective tales – Lyn Gardner and Laura Wood.

kw_painteddragon_cov_onlyMountains to the Sea Festival 2017
Tales of Mystery and Adventure

Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Ireland

For the Mountains to the Sea Festival, I took part in two fun panel discussions about all things mystery and adventure! In the morning, Robin Stevens, Jo Cotterill and I were joined by Dave Rudden, and in the afternoon by Jonathan Stroud.

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Murders Most Unladylike
Friday 17 March, 5:00pm
Daunt Books, Marylebone High Street, London

I talked to fellow Mystery Girl Robin Stevens about her wonderful Murder Most Unladylike mysteries for this event at the Daunt Books Festival – complete with mini cupcakes from Bea’s Cake Boutique!

dtrh_pictureWaterstones Kensington
Down the Rabbit Hole Live celebrates World Book Day

Waterstones, Kensington High Street, London

The Down the Rabbit Hole team held a World Book Day celebration with three children’s writers: Piers Torday, Abi Elphinstone & Cathryn Constable. Listen online here.

kw_painteddragon_cov_onlyLSE Literary Festival 2017
The Mystery of the Painted Dragon

1st Floor, New Academic Building, London School of Economics, London

I talked about my latest book in the Sinclair’s Mysteries series, The Painted Dragon  at the LSE Lit Fest- and there was even a chance for the audience to solve a mystery or two!


kw_painteddragon_cov_onlyWaterstones Piccadilly
The Painted Dragon Whodunnit

Waterstones Piccadilly, Piccadilly, London

We celebrated the launch of The Painted Dragon at Piccadilly with a special detective-themed event with lots of puzzles to solve to discover who stole the  missing painting.

Waterstones Piccadilly
Winter Magic
Tuesday 22 November, 6.30pm
Waterstones Piccadilly, London

To celebrate new festive anthology Winter Magic! I discussed wintery tales and festive traditions with Abi Elphinstone, Lauren St John and Geraldine McCaughrean.

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Writing Mysteries Workshop
Sunday 13 November, 10.00am
Dulwich College

Enter a world of bonbons, perfumes and mysteries around every corner! For this fun event at the Dulwich Literature Festival I talked about my writing process and how I create my mystery stories. Plus children in the audience had the chance to enter a special writing competition.

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Winter Magic: Informal Signing
Monday 7 November, 3.00pm
South Kensington Bookshop, London

An informal book signing with me, Abi Elphinstone and Piers Torday at the South Kensington Bookshop to celebrate the publication of new short story anthology Winter Magic.

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A History of Violence: exploring individual and social violence through historical fiction
Saturday 22 October, 4.40-5.35pm
Civic Centre, Uxbridge

I teamed up with top historical fiction authors Catherine Johnson, Tanya Landman and Lydia Syson for this panel event at YA Shot, a one-day YA and MG festival in Uxbridge.

Turn the Page: Totnes Children’s Book Festival 2016
Katherine Woodfine: The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow & The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth
Sunday 16 October, 3.00pm
Royal Seven Stars Hotel, Totnes

I visited Totnes’s Turn the Page festival for this event about all things Clockwork Sparrow, Jewelled Moth and Mystery & Mayhem

Mystery-and-Mayhem-front-coverBath Children’s Literature Festival 2016
Mystery Girls: Katherine Woodfine & Julia Golding
Guildhall, Bath
Sunday 9 October, 11.30am

I was joined by Julia Golding, author of the Mel Foster series, for this discussion about mystery, mayhem and adventure at the Bath Children’s Literature Festival, chaired by festival director Gill McLay.

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It’s a Mystery: Katherine Woodfine & Sarah Rubin
Little Big Top, Cheltenham
Saturday 8 October, 5.00pm

I teamed up with Sarah Rubin, author of Alice Jones: The Impossible Clue, plus Alex O’Connell of The Times, at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

k9ENwq5BChildren’s Books Ireland Conference 2016
An Abundance of Katherines
Light House Cinema, Smithfield
, Dublin
Sunday 18 September

The 2016 CBI conference theme – Better Together? Collaboration and Teamwork in Children’s Books – looked at the pleasures and pains of working collaboratively. In an event inspired by John Green’s novel, I teamed up with three other authors with the same name to find out what we, our careers and our writing processes have in common!

3af9fde0Edinburgh Book Festival 2016
Lyn Gardner & Katherine Woodfine: Glamour, Glitz and Crime
Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, Edinburgh Book Festival
Saturday 20 August, 10.30am

Tales of murder, mystery and adventure on the streets of London at the Edinburgh Book Festival. I was joined by Rose Campion author Lyn Gardner for this stylish super-sleuthing event.

9781405276184_LoRes[3]_cropWaterstones Oxford
Historical Fiction Authors in Conversation
Waterstones Oxford
Friday 12 August, 4.00pm

I joined four authors who also write historical fiction for children and young adults – Emma Carroll, Rhian Ivory, Lauren James and Helen Maslin – for this ‘in conversation’ event.

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The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow & The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth
The Octogan, St Peter’s Church, St Albans
Saturday 9 July, 11.30am

Enter a world of bonbons, perfumes and mysteries around every corner! I went on  an Edwardian adventure through Sinclair’s department store at this year’s St Albans Literary Festival.

Mystery-and-Mayhem-front-coverWaterstones Piccadilly
Mystery & Mayhem: Robin Stevens & Katherine Woodfine
Waterstones Piccadilly, London
Thursday 21 July, 7.00pm

Robin and I celebrated the publication of Mystery & Mayhem at Waterstones Piccadilly with chair Imogen Russell Williams. We had a wonderful evening discussion of all things mysterious.

9781405276184_LoRes[3]_cropHay Festival 2016
Mystery Moments: Frances Hardinge, Katherine Woodfine & Lyn Gardner
Starlight Stage, Hay Festival
Thursday 2nd June, 4.00pm

I joined the brilliant authors of  The Lie Tree and Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret for this event at the Hay Festival, chaired by author Emma Carroll.

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Children’s teatime event: Katherine Woodfine
Sevenoaks Bookshop, Sevenoaks
Saturday 21 May, 3.30-4.30pm

This children’s teatime event at the Sevenoaks Bookshop featured code-breaking, book-signing, reading and cake!

Mystery-and-Mayhem-front-coverTales on Moon Lane Festival 2016
Katherine Woodfine & Robin Stevens: Mystery & Mayhem
Dulwich Picture Gallery
Friday 20 May, 4.00pm

Robin and I chatted all things Mystery & Mayhem at this event with bookshop Tales on Moon Lane at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

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YA Panel: Sarah Crossan, Holly Bourne, Clare Furniss & Lisa Williamson
Barnes Methodist Church, Barnes
Saturday 14 May, 2.00pm

It was a real treat to chair this panel discussion with four amazing young adult authors – Sarah Crossan, Holly Bourne, Clare Furniss and Lisa Williamson – at the Barnes Literature Festival.

FTWOLF-logo_forwebsite Oxford Literary Festival 2016
Murder for Tea: Robin Stevens, Katherine Woodfine & Julia Lee
The Story Museum, Oxford
Sunday 10 April, 4.00pm

I was joined by fellow mystery authors Robin Stevens and Julia Lee for this special event at the Oxford Literary Festival – complete with tea and cake!

CbWYaReWEAINM-3Historical fiction panel at Waterstones Birmingham
Historical fiction in YA & MG with special guest authors
Waterstones Birmingham High Street, Birmingham
Saturday 1 April, 2.00pm

This panel discussion about historical fiction and its place in YA and MG novels also included authors Rhian Ivory, Emma Carroll, Lauren James and Helen Maslin.

LongLitWeekendOswestry Litfest 2016
The Clockwork Sparrow
Qube, Oswald Road, Oswestry
Saturday 19 March, 1.00pm

I headed to the Oswestry Litfest for a fun ‘whodunnit’ themed session about The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow and The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth.


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The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth
Chester Town Hall, Chester
Tuesday 16 February, 3:30pm

The honour of your company is requested at Lord Beaucastle’s fancy dress ball! I visited Chester’s WayWord festival for this event to celebrate the publication of The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth.


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Villains and Edwardians: Whodunnit with Katherine Woodfine and Esme Kerr
Streatham & Clapham High School, London
Saturday 7 November, 11.00-12 noon

I talked  about mystery, adventure and crime with Esme Kerr, author of Glass Bird Girl and Mischief and Midnight at this year’s STREAM South London Book Festival.

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Into the Past: Exploring history in Middle Grade fiction chaired by Emma Carroll with Katherine Woodfine & Anne Booth
Waterstones Uxbridge
Wednesday 28 October 5.15-6.15pm

YA Shot is a one-day YA and MG festival taking place in Uxbridge. Around 50 authors took part in this year’s event, which launched a year-long programme of free author visits to libraries across Hillingdon. Check out the full programme here.

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Murder Mysteries and Iced Buns with Katherine Woodfine & Robin Stevens
Little Big Top, Cheltenham
Sunday 11 October 2.45-3.45pm

Robin and I visited Cheltenham for yet more #bunbreaks (and the odd mystery or two as well) for an event in the Little Big Top at the fantastic Cheltenham Literature Festival.


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An afternoon with our favourite children’s mystery authors
Heffers bookshop, Cambridge
Saturday 3 October, 2.00-4.00pm

I spent an afternoon at Heffers bookshop in Cambridge along with fellow children’s mystery authors Helen Moss and Patricia Eliot.


T5Tv8wI6Manx Litfest 2015
Famous Five & Secret Seven Family Day
Mooragh Park, Ramsey, Isle of Man
Saturday 26 September 1.00-5.00pm

I travelled to the Isle of Man for this year’s Manx Litfest. As well as taking part in a day of events for schools, I met children at the Famous Five & Secret Seven Family Day at Mooragh Park, featuring Blyton-themed puzzles, challenges and crafts, as well as, of course, lashings of ginger beer!


Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015
Crime Solvers and Magic Keepers with Gabrielle Kent & Katherine Woodfine

Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre
Saturday 22 August 10.30am

In Gabrielle Kent’s Alfie Bloom and the Secrets of Hexbridge Castle, Alfie is an ordinary boy who inherits a castle and is entrusted with some powerful magic. I joined her for this joint event about mystery and magic chaired by Lindsey Fraser at the wonderful Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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Hay Festival: Katherine Woodfine & Robin Stevens
Dastardly Villains (and Iced Buns for Tea)
Monday 25 May 2015, 1pm
Starlight Stage, Hay Festival

I teamed up with fellow Mystery Girl Robin Stevens for this event at Hay Festival. Robin’s Wells and Wong schoolgirl detective stories are thrilling books for tween detectives who adore solving dastardly murders.


I also chaired three other events at Hay 2015:


Storytellers Inc Midsummer MysteryStorytellers Inc: A Midsummer Mystery
With Kate Pankhurst, Elen Caldecott, Katherine Woodfine, Robin Stevens & Helen Moss
Sunday 21 June
Storytellers, Inc, St Annes

I couldn’t have been more excited to take part in this Midsummer’s Day event at fantastic children’s bookshop Storytellers Inc in St Annes. Here’s what they said:

Storytellers, Inc will be presenting a little literary festival for middle-grade readers. We’ve gathered a tremendous line-up of top authors writing marvellous mystery stories. Join us for a day of talks, readings, workshops and signings with an interactive mystery for our young sleuths to solve.