Local authors and Storyteller

local authors, storytelling and audio library sessions

This year WhizzFizzFest is delighted to welcome some new (and familiar!) faces to Aylesbury’s much-loved children’s literature festival. We have a fantastic selection of local authors helping to inspire the imaginations and creativity of local children. Joining us on the day are:

  • Darren St Mart, a fantastic children’s author whose books are suitable for ages 3-7 years. Take a look at the charming The Lowly Chicken. (The Exchange | 3.15pm & 4pm)
  • Jill Stanton-Huxton, who along with her gorgeous assistant, a Norwegian Forest Cat, Kissa, has a wonderful children’s book Harvey and the Moon Bus, suitable for ages 5-7 years. (The Exchange | 12.45pm)
  • Mark Elvy, the incredible author of children’s adventure books The Tales of Fluke and Tash, suitable for ages 6-11 years. (The Exchange | 3.30pm)
  • Christine Tennent, whose Horace Burp,  Lizard Boy Hero are dyslexia-friendly modern fantasy chapter books, suitable for children aged 6-9 years. (The Exchange | 12.15pm)
  • Aaliyah Neil. At only 12 years old, Aaliyah is already a published author! She featured on Mix96 last year after publishing Simon Dovers, a mystery/crime book suitable for children aged 10+, and will be assisting with the Queens Park Arts Centre 500 words challenge on the day. (The Exchange | 2.15pm)
  • Wendy White and Claire Rollins have two illustrated children’s books suitable for ages 5-8 years. Join them on the day for an illustration workshop and storytelling. 

We’re also excited to be welcoming Sarah Lloyd-Winder to Aylesbury town centre as WhizzFizzFest’s wonderful Storyteller. Sarah’s magical bag of stories are always growing and changing and include traditional tales, folk tales, historical stories and a combination of them all. Be sure to enjoy a tale or two throughout the day and be a part of the creative adventure! (The Exchange | 11.30am & 2.30pm)

Aylesbury Library are working with Calibre Audio Library to host drop-in sessions, allowing festival-goers to explore the magic behind recording an audio book. Hear Ann Stutz and Hilary Spiers (two fantastic narrators) give a brief overview on how they approach recording a book before stepping up to the mic to record some audio yourself! The incredible team will be burning CDs (after the event) for anyone who takes part, so you can keep a record of your own recording. (Aylesbury Library | 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm)