Venue: The Great Hall, Oundle
Recommended for Years 3 & 4
A.F. Harrold is an English poet and story writer. He is the owner of many books, a handful of hats, a few good ideas and one beard. He spends his time showing off on stage, writing poems and books, and stroking his beard (it helps churn the ideas).
He is the author of the Fizzlebert Stump series and the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal longlisted The Imaginary, illustrated by Emily Gravett. The Imaginary is the winner of the 7-11 category of the UKLA Awards. A.F Harrold lives in Reading with a stand-up comedian and two cats.
Fizzlebert Stump lives in a travelling circus. He hangs around with acrobats, plays the fool with clowns, and puts his head in a lion’s mouth every night. But it can be a bit lonely being the only kid in the circus. So one day Fizz decides to join a library – and that’s when it all goes terribly wrong…
The Imaginary is an extraordinary tale of love, loss, imagination and not really being there, for fans of Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman. Rudger is Amanda's best friend. He doesn't exist, but nobody's perfect. Only Amanda can see her imaginary friend - until the sinister Mr Bunting arrives at Amanda's door. Mr Bunting hunts imaginaries.
Find out what problems Fizzlebert encounters at the library, and will Rudger escape from Mr Bunting!
The Imaginary; Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Ran Away From the Circus(And Joined the Library); Fizzlebert Stump and The Bearded Boy; Fizzlebert Stump and the Boy Who Cried Fish; Fizzlebert Stump and the Girl Who Lifted Quite Heavy Things; Fizzlebert Stump and the Boy Who Did P.E. in his Pants