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.
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.
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.
Mountains to the Sea Festival
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.
Daunt Books Festival
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!
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.
LSE Literary Festival
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!
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.
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.
Dulwich Literature Festival
Writing Mysteries Workshop
Sunday 13 November, 10.00am
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.
South Kensington Bookshop
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.
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
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
Bath Children’s Literature Festival
Mystery Girls: Katherine Woodfine & Julia Golding
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.
Cheltenham Literature Festival
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.
Children’s Books Ireland Conference
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!
Edinburgh Book Festival
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.
Historical Fiction Authors in Conversation
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.
St Albans Literary Festival 2016
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 & 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.
Hay 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.
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!
Tales 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
Barnes Children’s Literature Festival 2016
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.
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!
Historical 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.
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.
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.
STREAM South London Book Festival
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.
Into the Past: Exploring history in Middle Grade fiction chaired by Emma Carroll with Katherine Woodfine & Anne Booth
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.
Cheltenham Literature Festival
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.
I spent an afternoon at Heffers bookshop in Cambridge along with fellow children’s mystery authors Helen Moss and Patricia Eliot.
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
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.
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: 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.