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"I could have spent all day listening to the fantastic speakers and authors. It was absolutely brilliant!"

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  • Waterstones Haywards Heath provided a bookstall.

  • Helen Arkell were represented to help with SEN related queries.

  • Discover & Be were on hand to give advice about Early Years reading.

  • The Children's Local Area Librarian was there to give advice about the library service and a representative from the Schools Library Service was able to advise about school libraries.  

  • Giveaways included goodies from publishers, Scoop children's literary magazine and Lovereading!

With thanks to our participants and supporters:

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Thanks to our fantastic participating authors, everyone who attended the Bookchat Roadshow was entered into a prize draw to WIN a set of books written and signed by the authors personally!  

The winner was Kath, mum to two little ones and she was over the moon with her prize!

For details of participating authors click on the images below to find out more.


Presentations were given by Book Activist Founder, Victoria Dilly, who spoke about how to help children develop a reading habit and find the right book.  Gill Pawley from Inkpots, an organisation that runs creative writing workshops for children, gave parents ideas for helping children to get creative. Lousie Weir from Lovereading told parents all about their amazing websites and the free services they offer to help children choose books. Read on for a full write-up.

The inaugural Bookchat Roadshow took place on Thursday 13th October 2016 at Warden Park Primary, New England Road, Haywards Heath. The event was a great success and we're delighted to say the second Roadshow is now in the planning!

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"All the speakers were so interesting, funny & passionate about their subject. I certainly came away feeling inspired!"


"Fantastic presentations with very useful information and guidance!"

"The author Q & A was fantastic - inspiring, motivating and funny!"