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Here’s the chance to be a Junior Journalist at this autumn’s Bath Children’s Literature Festival! How would you like to meet your favourite authors face-to-face and go backstage at Europe’s largest kids’ book festival? How would you like the chance to ask authors and illustrators questions about their work?

The festival is looking for three talented young people to win one of THREE places as Junior Journalists at this year’s festival.

There are three age groups in the competition: 7 – 9, 9 – 11 and 12 and over. If you are 9 before September 1 2022, you qualify for the 9 to 11 age category, if your ninth birthday is after September 1 2022, you should enter the 7 to 9 age group.

HOW TO ENTER: Simply write a review of your favourite book in no more than 200 words, including adding why you would recommend it.

Send your entries to email hidden; JavaScript is required by the DEADLINE of Wednesday 31 August and don’t forget to include your name, age, address and email contact. You’ll also need to be available with an adult (someone 18 or older) for the weekend of Sat 24 and Sun 25 September and/or the weekend of Sat 1 and Sun2 October to attend Bath Children’s Literature Festival.

WHAT’S THE PRIZE?  The three chosen Junior Journalists will join the festival team for the festival. They’ll get to wear a Junior Journalist lanyard, to attend a number of events (to be decided between the winners and the festival organisers), report on those events and to go behind the scenes to meet the visiting authors. Reports by Junior Journalists will be posted on the festival website. Plus there will be a bundle of FREE books to take home at the end of the festival.

Terms and conditions: you will need to have an adult to accompany you to events. The judges will be Bath Festivals staff, all entries will be judged blind and the judges’ decision is final. No cash alternatives will be offered.

WHO’S AT THE FESTIVAL? Liz Pichon, Michael Rosen, Jacqueline Wilson, the new Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho, Rob Biddulph, Alice Oseman, Cressida Cowell, Laura Ellen Anderson, Pamela Butchart, Steven Lenton and Tracey Corderoy, Christopher Edge, David Baddiel, Julian Clary, Patrice Lawrence, Rosie Jones, Robin Stevens, M.G. Leonard and many more!

Bath Festivals is an arts charity and would like to thank its patrons, members and volunteers for their continued support as well as their sponsors and supporters Bath Recreation Ground, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Bath Spa University, Kingswood School Bath, Frugi, Rotork. This year Bath Children’s Literature Festival has collaborated with more partners than ever before, including The Bath & Wiltshire Parent magazine, The Forum Bath, BRLSI, The Egg, The American Museum, First News, Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights and Bath Box Office.