June is the month where we celebrate National Insect Week and the wonderland of insects on this planet. This year the Royal Entomological Societ and The Story Museum in Oxford are curating a wonderful exhibition to explore the insects that inspired children's fiction featuring Lewis Carroll, Roald Dahl & ME! I'm opening the Exhibition with events on 16th & 17th of June with illustrator Carim Nahaboo. Check my events calendar for these events. They are free with the exhibition ticket entry price. YOU MUST COME!
I will be combining my storytelling skills with the wonderful live beetles from Cool Creatures to bring a unique event to the Edinburgh Book Festival this year. Celebrating the grand finale of my beetle trilogy and reading from The Battle of the Beetles with some wonderful beetles at one of my favourite festivals in all the world. You should come. It will be awesome.
If you live in Yorkshire why not have a fun packed family day at Broughton Hall Children's Literature Festival?
M. G. Leonard will be there with her trilogy of fiction and her brand spaking new non-fiction book, delighting you with stories and fun facts about beetles.
I will be appearing on the BBC1 programme, Countryfile, at 7pm on 24 June. I take Ellie Harrison on a bug hunt for beetles through a beautiful lupin meadow in West Sussex. We chat about beetles and insects to celebrate National Insect Week. If you miss it on the telebox you can always catch up on the iplayer.
To launch our special Insects Through the Looking-Glass exhibition for National Insect Week, award winning author of ‘Beetle Boy’, MG Leonard, is back to read from the sensational third and final story in the trilogy, the exhilarating ‘Battle of the Beetles’.
Tickets free with museum entry
M G Leonard and Max Barclay: HD13
Battle of the Beetles
Meet the beetles that inspired the entomological trilogy. M.G Leonard and Max Barclay, Curator and Collections Manager of Coleoptera at the Natural History Museum, introduce the wonderful world of beetles through the important collection owned by the Museum, which is where the trilogy begins. Starring actual beetles from Charles Darwin’s Beagle voyage and from the Alfred Russel Wallace collection.
Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage, Age guide; 9+ Price: £6.00
How well do you know the humble beetle? Did you know they are one of the most important creatures on the planet? That some are super strong, able to pull a thousand times their own weight? That some are able to light up the night sky and others are able to navigate using the Milky Way?
Come and discover the wonderful world of beetles with M G Leonard, author of the bestselling Beetle Boy, Beetle Queen and Battle of the Beetles, in an hour of fun, facts and stories.
2:00pm to 3:00pm - Sat 12 May 2018 OSO ARTS CENTRE
Suitable for ages 7+
Tickets £5 per person
M.G. Leonard is delighted to have been invited to speak at the amazing EntoSci '18, at Harper Adams University - an event for schools, aiming to inspire a future generation of Entomologists.
What is EntoSci18?
After the resounding success of EntoSci16, it is returning for EntoSci18. It is the entomological conference for schools, where the delegates are the pupils themselves.
Pupils will experience exciting different ‘zones’, learning all about the study of insects from the experts in the field!
The conference aims to:
- Excite and educate both pupils and their teachers about entomology
- Inspire pupils to consider a career in entomology and related sciences
- Explain the route to study entomology from secondary school subjects to courses in higher education
Places are limited, and only 20 pupils per school will be permitted to attend - see full details and register HERE
"Did you know that the bombardier beetle shoots boiling hot acid from its bottom?
Join award-winning queen of the creepy crawlies, M. G. Leonard, for the final instalment in the Beetle Boy trilogy, Battle of the Beetles, and help Darkus and his friends stop the villainous Lucretia Cutter unleashing her hoard of giant Frankenstein beetles against humanity. Come along for this bug-tastic adventure – and have the chance to meet some real beetles after the event!"
Cambridge Union Library - tickets £8, £6 concessions
2018 is the FCBG’s Golden Anniversary and the Conference promises to be fantastic. We are delighted to show you the updated provisional programme, which you can download here Conference 2018 provisional programme
Conference will take place during the weekend of 13th-15th April at Queenswood School in Hertfordshire.
Confirmed speakers include M. G. Leonard, Patrice Lawrence, Michael Morpurgo, Zeb Soanes, James Mayhew, Jackie Morris, Jacqueline Wilson, Justin Somper, Sarah Crossan, Katherine Woodfine, Robin Stevens, Kaye Umansky, Meg McLaren and Heather Crossley. The logo has been designed by Nick Sharratt.
Bookings for our 2018 Conference have now closed. For queries, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Battle of the Beetles, the long-awaited third book of the award-winning Beetle Boy trilogy, will undergo an informal Welsh launch at The Bug Farm. Includes a presentation from author M. G. Leonard, a talk from Dr Sarah Beynon (scientific advisor on the series), a reading and book signing. One not to miss!
Two sessions available
£3 per person. All children must be accompanied by at least one paying adult. Normal admission applies
Pre-booking essential: 07966 956357
How well do you know the humble beetle? Did you know they are one of the most important creatures on the planet? That some are super strong, able to pull a thousand times their own weight? That some are able to light up the night sky and others are able to navigate using the Milky Way? Come and discover the wonderful world of beetles with M G Leonard, author of the bestselling Beetle Boy, Beetle Queen and Battle of the Beetles, in an hour of fun, facts and stories.
For children and adults aged 9+
Part of the Children and Young People programme. For more information about M.G. Leonard's event and the festival, click HERE
M.G. Leonard is delighted to be one of the shortlisted authors for this year's Salford Children's Book Awards, for Beetle Boy. The awards ceremony will take place at the Lowry in March with local schools invited to attend.
This is the fifteenth year of the Salford Children's Book Awards, designed to introduce the joy of reading for pleasure to 11 to 14 year olds. You can follow the news and keep your fingers crossed for M.G by going to their website or following the awards on social media.
M.G. Leonard is delighted to be joining a long list of highly acclaimed international authors at this year's Emirates Literature Festival in Dubai. Her event will be in English, and will feature experts from The Green Planet, who will be bringing live insects to show the audience. Click on the link below to book tickets:
Authors: MG Leonard
Age Group: 8+
With the release of M.G. Leonard's third and final title in the Beetle Trilogy keeping her busy for the start of the New Year, the first chance you'll have to catch her in person will be at Bexley's first ever 'Bookbuzz' Literary Festival, on Saturday 17th February.
Come along and meet the award winning, bestselling, super-dooper, beetle loving, children’s author of “Beetle Boy”, “Beetle Queen” and “Battle of the Beetles”
For ages 10 and up Central Library – 2pm - 3pm - Tickets FREE but must be booked in advance. Book tickets
Join M.G Leonard in Lowestoft, for her Beetle Trilogy event for children aged 6+
M.G, will be bringing some very special, very beautiful little guests with her - Hector and Motty, her Australian Rainbow Stage Beetles. Come along for the chance to get up close and personal with some real beetles!
FREE - Book Tickets
M.G. Leonard is delighted to be appearing at Ilkley for a special schools' matinee event at 1.30pm in King's Hall. Yrs 3&4 only. See programme for more details
If you're a teacher or a librarian, come back to King's Hall at 4pm for a free twilight session with refreshments where M.G will be talking about all things reading for pleasure, about how to get kids enthused about reading, storytelling and using their imaginations. M.G will be answering your questions in this unique event. Check out the Ilkley Festival website for more details, availability and booking info.
Author and beetle lover M G Leonard shares her passion for creepy crawlies, reveals fascinating facts about insect lifecycles and explains why beetles are important to the environment, before giving you the chance to meet some real life insects with Cool Creatures. Plus, she reads from her brand new novel Beetle Queen, sequel to the bestselling Beetle Boy.
In the Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre
Readings from Beetle Boy and Beetle Queen
12:00 – 13:00: Imaginative, funny and informative, M.G. Leonard brings the world of beetles to the River Stage, entertaining both adults and children with facts and extracts from her books Beetle Boy and Beetle Queen. ‘Truly great storytelling’ - Michael Morpurgo.
For more info, check out the National Theatre website
M.G. Leonard will be appearing at Camp Bestival this year, a multi-award winning festival that combines an all-encompassing family festival experience with an action packed camping holiday; something that we like to call a Festi-Holiday!
Featuring a truly enormous kids’ area your little’uns will be utterly spoilt for choice. With a host of thrilling activities from soft play and circus skills to go-carts and glitter, there’s plenty of excitement for kids of all ages including all the beetle-based excitement you'd expect from M.G. Leonard!
Dig out your sunglasses, shorts and selfie-stick as summer has landed… CBBC’s Summer Social, the ultimate festival of fun, is hitting Salford Quays on 8th and 9th July. Join the coolest stars, play the most amazing games and enjoy exciting exclusives from all your favourite CBBC shows!
Catch M.G. Leonard at 10am in the Yeurt, and at 12 in the Quay.
Check out the CBBC website for more details
M.G. Leonard will be delivering two talks at The Winchester Writers' Festival this year. The festival provides inspiration, support and networking for new and established writers. With one-on-one appointments, meet editors and agents, and networking sessions, as well as fantastic talks and workshops - this is a fantastic opportunity not to be missed.
Download the programme here
Register for the Festival here
Would you eat an insect? Try it out for yourself at an amazing event with M.G. Leonard, author of Beetle Boy, discussing the inspiration for the book including entomophagy – the practice of eating insects – which features in it. Entomologist Dr Sarah Beynon of The Bug Farm will explain why eating and farming insects could be the future of food, whilst Andy Holcroft of Grub Kitchen cooks up yummy insect bites live on stage for Leonard to eat.
9+ Starlight Stage
MG Leonard’s multi-award-nominated Beetle Boy introduced Darkus Cuttle and his quest – aided by a six-legged sidekick – to solve the mysterious disappearance of his beloved father from his workplace, the Natural History Museum. Its sequel, Beetle Queen, sees Darkus again pitted against his nemesis, the haute couture villainess Lucretia Cutter. Hear about the books, but also why MG Leonard loves beetles (though she used to be terrified of them), learn all the cool things beetles can do – and why EATING them could save the planet. Make it Beetlemania at the Greenwich Book Festival….
Did you know the rhinoceros beetle can lift over 800 times its own body weight? That the bombardier beetle can shoot acid out of its own bottom? And that some people actually EAT bugs – which might just help save the planet?
Find out about these awesome beetles and more in a bug-tastic event with M.G. Leonard, author of the bestselling Beetle Boy and its sequel Beetle Queen. This promises to be an hour packed full with fun, facts and – of course – beetles!
Tickets £7, for Ages 8+
M.G Leonard will be appearing as part of the Barnes Children's Literature Festival on Saturday 13th May.
Find out about awesome beetles and more, in a bug-tastic event with M.G. Leonard, author of the bestselling Beetle Boy and its sequel Beetle Queen. This promises to be an hour packed full with fun, facts and – of course – beetles!
Suitable for ages 7+
Tickets £5 per person
Join M.G. Leonard to hear more about her books, and her infectious enthusiasm for beetles!
There will also be a very special opportunity to examine the Carlier Beetle Collection, one of best beetle collections in the country, developed by Birmingham entomologist Stuart Carlier in the early twentieth century, now held by the Birmingham Museums Trust.
Suggested age 7-11. Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Adults accompanying children go free but must still book a ticket. Unaccompanied adults must buy the adult ticket at £6.
How to Book:
Please contact The BOX to book tickets on 0121 245 4455 or follow the link to the Birmingham Literature Festival website
BEETLE MANIA with M.G. Leonard & Dr Sarah Beynon
Age: 8+ | Ticket price: £4
Did you know the rhinoceros beetle can lift over 800 times its own body weight? That stag beetles only come above ground for a few weeks a year? And that the bombardier beetle can shoot acid out of its own bottom?
Get yourself to Cardiff, for a bug-tastic event with M.G. Leonard. Joined by beetle expert Dr Sarah Beynon from The Bug Farm, this promises to be an hour packed full with fun, facts and – of course – lots of beetles!