Linton Children’s Book Festival
Linton Children’s Book Festival was first established in 2006 and has since taken place every two years, with each subsequent Festival increasing in size and also in participant numbers. The 2010 Festival reached more than 1,000 people from Linton and surrounding villages, and the organisers expect the 2012 Festival, scheduled for May, to be attended by even greater numbers. In 2010 the Festival was awarded South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Arts Award for “Outstanding Festival”.
The Festival was started by a small group of Linton villagers who believed passionately in promoting literacy and the enjoyment of books. While some of that original group is still involved, others have also been encouraged to come on board and so the Festival now has a very active organising committee with a wide range of skills. Linton Children’s Book Festival is now also a registered charity. More information can be found at www.lintonbookfest.org.
The Festival is a true community event and involves every school, playgroup and tots group in the village, as well as local community groups like the Gardening Club, Photography Club and History Society, Linton Zoo, the Guides and Scouts.
To ensure that the Festival is open to all, events are offered free of charge to participants, with donations optional. In the past the Festival has been funded through the lottery grants scheme Awards for All. Linton Parish Council has supported the Festival as has StART and the Anderson Benefaction Trust. More recently, funding has been sought from local businesses.