COVID-19 may have steam-rollered its way through most of this year's Literary Festivals, but the organisers of one of the biggest, Bath Festival, have refused to allow the crisis to halt its activities. Instead, they've gone online with a digital 6-day festival of free, inclusive and engaging digital events for schools and families. The event, which started at the weekend, is called the 'Reading is Magic Festival', a name inspired by Cressida Cowell's key message as the current Waterstones Children’s Laureate: 'reading is magic, and magic is for everyone'. The award-winning children’s author and creator of the How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once book series said, 'Books have a transformative magic in their unique ability to develop three key magical powers; intelligence, creativity and empathy.'
Cressida Cowell will be joined by an all-star line-up of leading authors and illustrators, including Schoolreaders' Author-Supporter Robin Stevens and Chris Riddell. Events will be streamed live online and can be viewed on demand once they are over - visit www.readingismagicfestival.com to find out more and for a full list of events.