Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney will launch Cardiff’s first Children’s Literature Festival at a special event next month.
Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival will run from March 20-24 2013, with award-winning author Jacqueline Wilson confirming earlier this year that she would be on the bill.
But organisers have now also announced that the festival will be officially launched next month by Jeff Kinney, whose Diary of a Wimpy Kid books have achieved global sales of more than 75 million.
The launch event at Cardiff’s City Hall on November 29 will be Kinney’s only Welsh appearance to talk about The Third Wheel – the seventh and latest book in his best-selling series. He will also talk about the Wimpy Kid films.
Tickets for the launch event can be bought here.
The Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival is being organised by the council, Literature Wales, Cardiff University and the National Museum of Wales, with the aim of bringing together some of the finest local and national children’s writers and illustrators. Authors will appear over four days in venues across Cardiff, with confirmed writers already on the bill including Anthony Browne, Jeremy Strong, Catherine Fisher, Eurig Salisbury and Malachy Doyle.
Cardiff council’s cabinet member for culture, Councillor Huw Thomas, said: “The Children’s Literature Festival next year will provide a fun way of getting children excited and interested in reading. Having Jeff Kinney at the launch is a great coup. Our aim is to reach out to everyone who loves children’s books, especially young people, and enable them to interact with some of the most creative minds working in children’s books today by providing a variety of inspirational and accessible books in both the English and Welsh language.”