Henley Literary Festival - Schools Programme
Oct
1
10:00 AM10:00

Henley Literary Festival - Schools Programme

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The Beetle Boy series has been enjoyed by young readers across the globe and now the awardwinning and bestselling author M. G. Leonard is coming to Henley! If you haven’t yet discovered the adventures of Darkus Cuttle and his friends as they take on the cruel fashionista Lucretia Cutter you’re in for a treat - and you’ll also learn a lot about beetles along the way! ‘Truly great storytelling.’ Michael Morpurgo on Beetle Boy

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Lindfield Arts Festival
Sep
21
12:00 PM12:00

Lindfield Arts Festival

  • All Saints Church, Tiger Rooms West Sussex UK (map)
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Can a boy be best friends with a beetle? Meet MG Leonard and discover the truth.

Thirteen-year-old Darkus Cuttle’s search for his kidnapped father leads him to discover a mountain of extraordinary beetles, and pits him against the mad-scientist of the fashion world, Lucretia Cutter, an haute couture villainess with an alarming interest in insects. A darkly hilarious adventure full of exotic beetles, daring schemes, and true friendship.

M. G. Leonard is an award-winning, bestselling writer of children’s books. Her Beetle Boy books have sold in forty countries and she is currently writing the screenplay for a TV series based on the trilogy. She and her beetles have appeared on Blue PeterSpringwatch UnsprungCountryfile, Meet the Author with James NaughtieSky News, and featured in the BBC documentary, The Bug Couple.

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Borders Book Festival
Jun
16
3:30 PM15:30

Borders Book Festival

  • St Mary’s Road, Melrose TD6 9LJ TD6 9LJ Scotland (map)
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Discover the amazing world of insects with M.G. Leonard, author of bestselling Beetle Boy, Beetle Queen, Battle of the Beetles and her latest book The Beetle Collector’s Handbook, as she shares her passion for creepy crawlies, reveals fascinating facts about insect life cycles and explains why beetles are important to the environment. An hour packed full of fun, facts and – of course – real beetles!

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From Writer to Author - the Intrepid Journey
May
14
6:16 PM18:16

From Writer to Author - the Intrepid Journey

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From Writer to Author – The Intrepid Journey

Join us for a panel discussion with award-winning children’s authors, MG Leonard and Peter Bunzl, literary agent Jo Williamson and commissioning editor from Usborne Publishing Becky Walker as they discuss the writers’ journeys to publication – from the first burst of inspiration to writing a finished manuscript, how they found time to fit in writing, how they dealt with rejection at different stages of the process, and how they eventually found their agents and went on to achieve publication and success. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A.

Where: The Conference Room, 1st Floor, The Idea Store, Whitechapel, 321 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1BU (nearest underground station: Whitechapel)

Tickets: £10 SCBWI members, £16 non-members

The price includes soft drinks and nibbles.

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Chipping Norton Literary Festival
Apr
28
12:00 PM12:00

Chipping Norton Literary Festival

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M. G. Leonard is an award-winning, bestselling writer of children’s books. Her Beetle Boy books have sold in thirty-seven countries and she is currently working with Nevision, writing the screenplay for a TV series based on the trilogy. She and her beetles have appeared on Blue PeterSpringwatch UnsprungCountryfile, and the BBC documentary, The Bug Couple. Previously she worked as a digital media producer for the National Theatre, Harry Potter West End, the Royal Opera House and Shakespeare’s Globe. She spent her early career in the music industry running Setanta Records, an independent record label and managing bands, most notably The Divine Comedy. After leaving the music industry, she trained as an actor, dabbling in directing and producing as well as performing, before deciding to write her stories down. Maya lives in Brighton with her husband and two sons.

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Mountains to Sea Festival - Dublin, Ireland
Mar
30
11:00 AM11:00

Mountains to Sea Festival - Dublin, Ireland

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Think you know the humble beetle? What about the Bombardier, who shoots acid from its bum? Or the Horned Dung Beetle, the strongest creature in the natural world? Come and discover the wonderful world of beetles with M. G. Leonard. Awesome facts and funny stories guaranteed!

M.G. Leonard was afraid of beetles before she discovered how amazing they are. She is the author of the award-winning Beetle Boy series, and The Beetle Collector's Handbook (Scholastic), a non-fiction companion to the trilogy. 

Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at this event. 

This event is included in our Special Saturday Family Ticket bundle offer: Buy tickets for four people (must include at least one adult) for any 3 events for €30.00 from the following list: Knights and Bikes, The Beetle Show, The Legend of Kevin, Little Red Riding Hood or Dr Who? The Mountains to Sea Sci-Fi and Fantasy Quiz.

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Workshops for Schools at the Eden Project
Feb
13
10:00 AM10:00

Workshops for Schools at the Eden Project

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M. G. Leonard is doing a day of events for schools at The Eden Project on 13th of February, talking about insects and storytelling, all set in the Biomes that inspired Lucretia Cutter's evil lair. Bring your class.

Your day will include exploring the hidden world of insects in our Invisible Worlds laboratory, some beetle-inspired craft to take home and a chance to explore the Rainforest in search of the amazing interconnections between insects and plants.

Key info

  • Suitable for aged 8+

  • £6 per pupil

  • 13 February 2019

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Waterstones Christmas Customer Evening
Dec
6
6:00 PM18:00

Waterstones Christmas Customer Evening

Join M.G. Leonard and a host of other fantastic children’s authors at Waterstones Piccadilly for their annual Christmas Customer Evening on Thursday, 6th December. 

Festivities will begin on the Children's Floor from 18:00

There'll be plenty of live music, mince pies and festive fun throughout the shop!

For more information, visit the Waterstones website, or follow their Twitter @waterstonespicc.

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Meet M.G. Leonard and Carim Nahaboo at Waterstones Christmas Book Festival
Nov
25
11:15 AM11:15

Meet M.G. Leonard and Carim Nahaboo at Waterstones Christmas Book Festival

Come along to the 2018 WATERSTONES FINCHLEY ROAD CHRISTMAS BOOK FESTIVAL!
25th November 2018 between 11am and 5pm.

M.G. LEONARD will be signing copies of the Beetle Collector's Handbook alongside the brilliant illustrator, CARIM NAHABOO Between 11.15 & 2pm / 9+

PLUS, 11 other author and illustrators will be attending to sign and dedicate a selection of their books, including:

Between 11 & 2pm:
CHRISTOPHER WILLIAM HILL / What Manor of Murder? / 9+
TRACEY MATHIAS / Night of the Party / YA 

Between Noon & 2pm:
LINDSAY GALVIN / Secret Deep / YA
CHRISTOPHER SKAIFE / Ravenmaster / YA - Adult

Between 1 & 3pm:
CATHERINE BARTER / Trouble Makers / YA - Between 1 & 3pm
VERONICA COSSANTELI / The Extincts / YOUNG READERS - Between 1 & 3pm
JEANNE WILLIS / Frockodile / PICTURE BOOKS - Between 1 & 3pm

Between 2 & 3.30pm
DAVID SOLOMONS / My Arch Enemy is a Brain in a Jar / 9+ - Between 2 & 3.30pm

Between 2 & 4pm
MINI GREY / The Last Wolf / PICTURE BOOKS

Between 2 & 5pm
YUVAL ZOMMER / Big Book of Blue / PICTURE BOOKS - Between 2 & 5pm

Between 3 & 5pm
ANNA JAMES / Pages & Co / YOUNG READERS

Great Christmas gifts for all the family, dedicated to your loved ones and signed by the author… CHRISTMAS SOLVED!

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Join M.G. Leonard at the first Southern Invert Show
Nov
18
11:00 AM11:00

Join M.G. Leonard at the first Southern Invert Show

M.G. Leonard will be setting up a stall at the first Southern Invertebrate Show, taking place in Brighton on Sunday 18th November.

Come along to immerse yourself in the world of Entomology, and meet livestock suppliers, specialist equipment suppliers and special interest groups. There will be animal handling and the Wild and Deadly Show for kids, so loads to see and do whilst getting your M.G. Leonard books signed!

Check out the Invert Shows UK Facebook page for more information.

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Kendal Mountain Literature Festival 2018
Nov
17
1:30 PM13:30

Kendal Mountain Literature Festival 2018

THE BEETLE BOY TRILOGY - M.G. LEONARD
1.30 – 2.30pm | Saturday 17 November
Town Hall Bindloss Room | Tickets £5

Catch M.G. Leonard at her first Kendal Mountain Festival, where she hopes to meet budding entomologists and young outdoor enthusiasts, interested in our relationship with nature and the fascinating world of the humble but incredible beetle!

So come along, all you beetle-boys and beetle-girls - come and hear about the Beetle Boy Trilogy and it’s beautifully illustrated cousin, the Beetle Collector’s Handbook.

For the full programme - click HERE

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FREE HALF-TERM EVENT: Discovering the beetles of Beetle Boy
Oct
23
3:30 PM15:30

FREE HALF-TERM EVENT: Discovering the beetles of Beetle Boy

Discovering the beetles of Beetle Boy

Join author M. G. Leonard and Museum scientist Max Barclay to explore the most diverse group of animals.

Discover the beetles that Darkus, our Beetle Boy protagonist, finds on his search for his missing father.

Attenborough Studio, Darwin Centre, Orange Zone
23rd October at 3:30pm

Tickets: FREE
More information - NHM Website

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Guildford Book Festival
Oct
7
11:00 AM11:00

Guildford Book Festival

M.G. Leonard's BEETLE MANIA! 

For anyone keen on finding out more about the wonderful world of beetles, about M.G. Leonard and her amazing new non-fiction book which crams all of her beetle-y knowledge into a beautiful hard-back compendium to the best-selling Beetles trilogy - head down to the Guildford Book Festival on Sunday 7th!

Suitable for anyone aged 8+, tickets cost £7 (£6.30 concessions)

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Amateur Entomologist's Society 2018 Annual Exhibition
Oct
6
11:00 AM11:00

Amateur Entomologist's Society 2018 Annual Exhibition

Calling all Beetle Boys and Beetle Girls! - Catch M.G. Leonard at this year’s Amateur Entomologist’s Society Annual Exhibition at Kempton Park Racecourse.

Want a signed Beetle Boy, Beetle Queen or Battle of the Beetles? Or how about a beautiful hard-back Beetle Collector’s Handbook?

Come along to marvel at some incredible invertebrates, being shown and sold at this year’s exhibition, and meet M.G. Leonard herself! Look for STAND 26 on the Ground Floor.

Tickets will be available on the gate: entry is £4 for adults and £1 for u16s.

For more information, visit the AES website or the Kempton Park Racecourse website

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Bath Children's Literature Festival
Oct
2
10:30 AM10:30

Bath Children's Literature Festival

BEETLE MAGIC WITH M. G. LEONARD

How well do you know the humble beetle? Did you know they are one of the most important creatures on the planet? Come and discover the wonderful world of beetles with M. G. Leonard, author of the bestselling Beetle BoyBeetle Queen and Battle of the Beetles. Fun, facts and stories guaranteed!

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Venue: Guildhall
Price: £4
Age: 8+

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CBI International Conference: Dreams & Nightmares (Ireland)
Sep
22
10:20 PM22:20

CBI International Conference: Dreams & Nightmares (Ireland)

The Children’s Books Ireland International Conference is a weekend-long celebration of the very best in children’s books. This annual event is a unique opportunity to critically reflect on the impact, imagination and importance of books for young people. Anyone with an interest in and a passion for children’s books is welcome to attend and participate in what is always an outward-looking, lively and thought-provoking event.

CBI will feature some of the most exciting names in writing, illustration, publishing and criticism. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere provides an opportunity for librarians, teachers, booksellers, academics, artists, students, authors, illustrators, publishers and other professionals to meet old favourites and discover new voices.

Dreams & Nightmares examines two essential elements of childhood: the light and the dark. Books can be a powerful and appropriate way for children to process their fears and deal with anxieties. Similarly, the power of dreaming and the potency of imagination as a force for good in the world cannot be overstated. We have invited our speakers to reflect on dreams, nightmares, the light and dark in their own work and how dreams, both good and bad, can be a driving force within children’s literature.

M. G. Leonard is appearing on Saturday 22nd of September

You can download the conference flyer here.

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Edinburgh Book Festival 2018
Aug
17
3:00 PM15:00

Edinburgh Book Festival 2018

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.

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CBBC Summer Social at Croxteth Country Park in Liverpool
Aug
3
2:00 PM14:00

CBBC Summer Social at Croxteth Country Park in Liverpool

I will be one of the Awesome Authors at the CBBC Summer Social in August. It's a fantastic family event taking place in Croxteth Country Park in Liverpool.

I'll be bringing a bevvy of beautiful beetles for you to meet on Friday August the 3rd. Tickets are on sale now, so book 'em QUICK!

For more information and to book tickets, CLICK HERE

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Countryfile - BBC1
Jun
24
6:00 PM18:00

Countryfile - BBC1

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.

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Insects Through the Looking Glass - EXHIBITION
Jun
16
to Jul 7

Insects Through the Looking Glass - EXHIBITION

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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!

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Hay Festival 2018
May
27
10:30 AM10:30

Hay Festival 2018

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

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Barnes Children's Literary Festival
May
12
1:00 PM13:00

Barnes Children's Literary Festival

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

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ENTOSCI '18
Apr
17
8:00 AM08:00

ENTOSCI '18

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

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