Sedbergh Booktown logo
Tuesday 23rd April 2024

Location: Sedbergh School, Sedbergh & Casterton

Yoto Carnegies, the UK’s longest running and best loved book awards for children and young people, in partnership with Sedbergh, England’s Book Town, will deliver a free day-long festival of events celebrating outstanding reading experiences for children and young people.

The festival’s daytime programme will cater for school groups, featuring sessions with the 2024 Yoto Carnegies shortlisted illustrators, renowned children’s authors, publishing experts specialising in material for young readers, and experienced group leaders for the Carnegies Shadowing Scheme. This national reading initiative involves groups reading the shortlisted books and voting for their favourites. Additionally, there will be a dedicated session for educators and librarians to explore shadowing as an avenue to foster a love for reading and engage with diverse book collections.

 Session 1: 10:00- 12:00 at Sedbergh School, Sedbergh

Shortlisted Illustrators session for Primary School age children (years 5 and 6), with a theme of the natural world
Venue: Thornley Studio, capacity x 100 theatre style
Water and snacks available in foyer from 09:30

Session 2: 13:00 – 15:00 at Sedbergh School, Sedbergh

Shortlisted Illustrators session for Primary School age children, (years 5 and 6) with a theme of the natural world
Venue: Thornley Studio, capacity x 100 theatre style
Water and snacks available in foyer afterwards

Session 3: 15:00 – 15:45 at Casterton, Sedbergh Prep School, Casterton

Q&A session focusing on careers and opportunities in publishing and literature, aimed at Secondary School pupils (years 10 to 13 (ages 13-18))
Venue: Sedbergh Prep Sports Hall, capacity 300 x theatre style

Session 4: 16.15- 16:45 at Casterton, Sedbergh Prep School, Casterton

Storytelling with Jake Hope for Pre-Prep pupils (ages 4 to 6)
Venue: CSPS Library, capacity for pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 (approx. 40)

Session 5: 16:30 – 17:30 at Sedbergh School, Sedbergh

Twilight CPD session for teachers of English & Art
Focus of session – shadowing as an opportunity to build reading for pleasure and also around building and working with diverse and inclusive collections of books.
Venue: Thornley Studio, capacity  100 theatre style
Tea and coffee available in foyer

Session 6: 18:30 – 19:30 at Casterton, Sedbergh Prep School, Casterton

An evening with Anne Fine, author of Mrs. Doubtfire and past Children’s Laureate and twice-winner of a Carnegie Medal. For older boarders from CSPS (years 7 & 8).
This is also open to the public who can request tickets by sending name and email address to booktown@sedbergh.org.uk.
Venue: Sedbergh Prep Sports Hall, capacity 300  theatre style

The evening session, set on World Book Night, will be open to the public and will feature a headline appearance by Anne Fine, a two-time recipient of the Carnegie Medal for Writing. Notably, Fine authored ‘Madame Doubtfire,’ later adapted into the blockbuster film starring Robin Williams. Anne Fine was the first novelist to be honoured as the UK Children’s Laureate (2001-2003) and has contributed to various genres, including picture books, chapter books, middle-grade fiction, young adult fiction, and adult novels.

Anne Fine said, “Winning the Carnegie Medal is the highlight of any children’s writer’s career, (may I boast that I’ve done it twice?), and such is this prize’s importance that it’s fitting that this year there’s a partnership between the Yoto Carnegies and Sedbergh, England’s Book Town. I very much look forward to speaking at this day long festival, which will promote books and reading for children and young people.”

To register your interest to attend the Yoto Carnegies Book Town Takeover on 23rd April 2024 in Sedbergh, England’s Book Town, please contact carnegies@sedberghschool.org.

Some other events in April 2024

Wednesday 17th April 2024 9:30am - 1:30pm

MARKET

Weekly market every Wednesday with stalls of fruit, meat, baking, fish , eggs etc and books and bric-a-brac

View details >
Wednesday 17th April 2024 9:30am - 11:30am

Coffee Morning

Wednesday 17th April 2024 10:15am - 10:45am

NatWest Mobile Bank – Sedbergh – CHANGE OF TIME

Main Street, Sedbergh

View details >
Thursday 18th April 2024

British Science Week Event – Upland Birds

Workshop showing how to monitor upland birds using traditional and technological methods

View details >
Friday 19th April 2024 7:00pm

Ceilidh

Striding Edge Band

View details >
Every care has been taken in compiling our events list and we believe the information to be correct but we cannot accept responsibility for any inconvenience or expense arising from its use. We suggest that you confirm details and prices directly with the event organiser if you require definitive details.