David Walliams and Chris Hoy come to Book Festival

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THIS year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival boasts more than 200 events for children and young people, featuring some of the most exciting writers and illustrators from Scotland and around the world.

A range of free, drop-in events across the programme ensures that families attending the Festival will have plenty to keep them occupied.

The Festival’s Janet Smyth, says, “This year’s theme of Freedom is particularly pertinent to children and young people.

“Across the programme we explore all this from picture books to performances, debates to workshops.

“Children today have the freedom to read across platforms, genres, cultures, fiction and non-fiction some of the best contemporary writing.

“It’s a hugely exciting time for children’s books and we are very excited to have so many excellent authors join us to meet their reading public.”

Highlights include Are You Sitting Comfortably? at 10am, daily. Join a different Festival author each morning for a magical half hour of storytelling, poetry, song or rhyme. Suitable for children of all ages.

On Sunday, 10am, there’s a chance to jump on your bike and get down to meet one of Great Britain’s most successful Olympic athletes, Chris Hoy, as he shares the latest books from his magical cycling adventure series, Flying Fergus.

While on Thursday 23, 5pm, it’s the turn of Little Britain’s David Walliams to cast his spell in Big Laughs.

Walliams will bring his unique sense of humour to the Book Festival as he shares his latest hilarious bestseller, Bad Dad. He’ll also inspire youngsters to get writing their own funny stories and explain how he became the fastest growing children’s author in the UK.

Edinburgh International Book Festival, until 27 August, Charlotte Square gardens, for full children’s programme visit www.edbookfest.co.uk