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 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!
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
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
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!
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+
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
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.
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!
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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!"
Venue: Mission Theatre
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”.
In the Zentralbibliothek der Hamburger Bücherhallen, M. G. Leonard talks about Beetle Boy and the journey to publication with journalist Jessica Schlange and Sebastian Rudolph, the actor who read the German audiobook.
M.G. Leonard - Are You Sitting Comfortably?
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.
Daring Quests with Baxter the Giant Beetle
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