Prize draw: win tickets to see Mackenzie Crook and John Hegley at Word Up! Family Festival

We’re really excited about the brand new three day book and arts festival specifically for families, which takes place this weekend. And we’ve got our hands on 4 pairs of tickets to give away. Two pairs are to see actor Mackenzie Crook talking about his debut children’s novel, The Windvale Sprites, while illustrating live (Sunday afternoon, 4-5pm, recommended for children aged 7 and over). The other two are to see people’s poet laureate John Hegley performing an evening show, also on Sunday, 7.30 – 9.30pm (all ages welcome).

So hurry! The festival is this weekend, so if you’d like to win the tickets fill in the form below by noon tomorrow (Friday 21st), specifying, after your name, which event you’d like to go to, and we’ll pick two winners for Mackenzie Crook and two for John Hegley out of a hat – with each winner getting two tickets each. The tickets can then be picked up at the Word Up! box office and will be held under each winner’s name.

The whole festival sounds great though: a whole array of children’s authors will be there doing events – as well as Crook and Hegley, you can see Michael Morpugo, Jacqueline Wilson, Judith Kerr, Meg Rosoff, Francesca Simon and many others. But more than that, it’s the whole spirit of the thing that we’re most excited about, and the breadth of things to do for kids of all ages, from mask making to dancing, with all kinds of workshops too – many of them free.

It all takes place at Alleyn’s School in Dulwich, South London, and though entry to the festival is free, as are many of the activities and workshops, you must book tickets for the actual author events, which is easy, quick and pretty cheap to do at the festival’s excellent website or by telephoning the number below.

See you there!

Word Up! Family Book Festival
Sat 22 Oct - Mon 24 Oct 2011. Mackenzie Crook: Sun 23 Oct, 4-5pm. John Hegley: Sun 23, 7.30 - 9.30pm
Alleyn's School, Townley Road, Dulwich, SE22 8SU
Most day events: £4 - £5; evening events £8 - 10. Many workshops, activities and events are free.
01803 867 373
— Daisy
20th October 2011