Beetle Mania! at Brighton Festival 2017
May
14
12:30 pm12:30

Beetle Mania! at Brighton Festival 2017

  • Sallis Benney Theatre

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+

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Greenwich Book Festival
May
27
11:30 am11:30

Greenwich Book Festival

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….

AGE: 7-12yrs

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Hay Festival
May
31
11:30 am11:30

Hay Festival

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

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Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham
Jun
2
Jun 4

Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham

M.G. Leonard will be appearing at Wychwood Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse, more details to come.

General festival info and tickets here

Winchester Writers' Festival
Jun
17
11:40 am11:40

Winchester Writers' Festival

  • Winchester Writers' Festival

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

Latitude Festival
Jul
13
Jul 16

Latitude Festival

M.G. Leonard will be appearing with her ChickenHouse family at Latitude 2017. More details to come soon!

More information and tickets here


Birmingham Literary Festival 2017
Apr
23
11:30 am11:30

Birmingham Literary Festival 2017

  • ThinkTank Millennium Point

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

Tempo di Libri Book Fair - Milan
Apr
19
Apr 24

Tempo di Libri Book Fair - Milan

  • Milan Rho Fair

M. G Leonard has been asked to appear at the Tempo di Libri Book Fair in Milan in April 2017. 

Details of her event will be posted here soon.

Find out general details about the festival here

M.G. Leonard at The Bug Farm, Pembrokeshire
Apr
13
11:00 am11:00

M.G. Leonard at The Bug Farm, Pembrokeshire

  • Dr Beynon's Bug Farm

M.G. Leonard will return to The Bug Farm in Pembrokeshire for her first official event based on Beetle Queen. Catch M.G and Dr Sarah Beynon for a wonderful family session at Easter.

Check out availability on the Bug Farm website

 

Cardiff Children's Literary Festival
Mar
26
12:00 pm12:00

Cardiff Children's Literary Festival

  • City Hall

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!

National Trust - Knole Children's Book Festival
Mar
25
10:00 am10:00

National Trust - Knole Children's Book Festival

  • Knole House

Knole Children’s Book Festival

Did you know the rhinoceros beetle can lift over 800 times its own body weight? And that the bombardier beetle can shoot acid out of its own bottom? Find out about these awesome beetles and more in a bug-tastic event with M.G. Leonard, author of the bestselling Beetle Boy and sequel Beetle Queen. It promises to be packed with fun, facts and – of course – beetles! AGES: 8+

How to Write for Children and Young Adults Conference
Feb
25
9:30 am09:30

How to Write for Children and Young Adults Conference

  • Bloomsbury Publishing

Are you the next Julia Donaldson? If you want to write for children or young adults, learn from the best with a day of writing workshops and panel discussions with leading children’s publishers and literary agents. 

Meet the gatekeepers of children’s publishing and find out what they’re looking to publish next, how to improve your writing and how best to increase your chances of getting published.

M. G. Leonard will be delivering a talk, and writing workshop for delegates as part of the conference.

For more information and to book, click here

Purbeck Literary Festival
Feb
23
1:00 pm13:00

Purbeck Literary Festival

  • Swanage Library

M. G. Leonard will be appearing at Swanage Library as part of the Purbeck Literary Festival in Dorset.

For more information about the festival, click here

Sadly, M.G Leonard's event is currently SOLD OUT

Guardian Newspaper - Reading for Pleasure 2016
Nov
25
9:15 am09:15

Guardian Newspaper - Reading for Pleasure 2016

  • The Guardian

M.G Leonard will be one of the keynote speakers at this prestigious event for Primary School Teachers and Librarians

The day will focus on inspiring children to read for pleasure, visual literacy, reading choices including non-fiction, being creative with books, multilingual approaches and reading strategies that raise attainment. Throughout the day there will be opportunities to share good practice

The conference will explore:

Ideas for promoting enjoyment and engagement in reading, raising achievement, promoting reading for pleasure in the literacy curriculum, strategies to encourage whole school wider reading, the writing process and what makes a good children’s book, the importance of illustration and drawing in reading for pleasure, multilingual creativity, non fiction books, being creative with books, sharing good practice, working with library services and resources, ideas and tips that can be used in the classroom.

Great value at £96 (£80 plus VAT), which includes lunch and resources. Places are limited and likely to book quickly.

Click here for more information and to book online

Scottish Book Week
Nov
21
6:30 pm18:30

Scottish Book Week

  • Dalgety Bay Library

Beetle Boy - with M.G Leonard

"I LOVED Beetle Boy" It is creepy, funny and full of excitement! Truly great storytelling." - says Michael Morpurgo! - and we could not agree more. Beetle Boy was the fastest selling debut novel for children in 2016 and Maya's events are interactive, informative and leave children bursting to read the book. Add to that LIVE beetles (thanks to Cool Creatures) and you have an event that's truly irresistible! It is reading, science and ecology rolled into one... don't miss it!

To Book Tickets:
Call 03451 555555 ext 611101
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Cheltenham Literary Festival
Oct
9
10:00 am10:00

Cheltenham Literary Festival

  • cheltenham

M.G. Leonard is excited to be appearing at Cheltenham for the first time, one of the most established and respected literary festivals in the world. 

Check back for more information, or visit the Cheltenham Festivals website for updates.

Bath Children's Literary Festival
Oct
8
1:30 pm13:30

Bath Children's Literary Festival

  • Bath Festivals

Bath Children's Literary Festival say: "We love Beetles! So does M.G. Leonard, author of Beetle Boy, the first book in a series about Darkus and his giant beetle called Baxter. Come and learn about these incredible creatures and why they’re essential to our planet. There’s a beetle expert on hand with some real-life critters, too!"

Age 9+
Venue: Mission Theatre
Price: £6.50 

Wigtown Book Festival
Sep
24
10:00 am10:00

Wigtown Book Festival

  • Wigtown

M.G. Leonard will be appearing at Wigtown Book Festival in Scotland, running creative writing workshops for kids alongside Zoolab who will be showing off some amazing mini-beasts!

The programme for the festival is announced in August, so check back for updates, or visit their website

Here's some background information on the festival:

Wigtown is a traditional market town, set in the beautiful countryside of Dumfries & Galloway, south-west Scotland. It is also Scotland's National Book Town, a designation that reflects its dozen or so secondhand bookshops and annual literary festival.

Founded in 1999, the 10-day Wigtown Book Festival is now one of the UK's best-loved literary events and this year has more than 200 events and activities for all ages, including music, theatre, food and visual arts. The Guardian has called it “the sort of festival people become possessive about”.

 

ENTO '16 - Royal Entomological Society Conference
Sep
8
2:00 pm14:00

ENTO '16 - Royal Entomological Society Conference

  • Harper Adams University

M.G. Leonard - Are You Sitting Comfortably?
2pm

A story can be a powerful device for understanding the world in which we live and considering our relationship to it. In the storytelling tradition, insects are frequently cast as villainous, furnish a frightening place, or used en masse to terrify the reader. M.G. Leonard, the international bestselling author of Beetle Boy, will share the story of how, discovering ignorance to be the root of her own fear of insects, she’s set about creating a narrative, in which the insects are the lovable good guys and the reader incidentally learns about invertebrates.

Edinburgh International Book Festival
Aug
20
5:00 pm17:00

Edinburgh International Book Festival

  • Baillie Gifford Imagination Lab

Daring Quests with Baxter the Giant Beetle
5pm

Darkus' dad has gone missing and he's determined to get to the bottom of the mysterious disappearance. Joined by his new friend Baxter, a giant beetle, he embarks on a daring quest in this darkly hilarious and heartfelt book, Beetle Boy. Come and hear M G Leonard discuss the first of an exciting new trilogy, and afterwards head to the Story Box to meet some amazing real life beetles with Cool Creatures.

Recommended for ages 10-14
Ticket price £5