Debbie Young

Debbie Young is an informal ambassador for the charity Read for Good. The charity organises readathons in schools as well as providing books for children in hospital. Debbie will be sharing some of their principles.

Sponsored Read readathon is a way in which the charity Read for Good helps raise money for books for Children’s hospitals whilst also providing schools that participate the opportunity to buy books as they receive a voucher for 20% of the money raised.

Debbie will be chairing and speaking at two of our talks at the festival this year. This one entitled:

‘Engaging children & teenagers with reading’





David J Robertson

David is an author of children’s books who has written a series of three books about a Border Collie, Misty, her friends and their adventures.

His first book, DOGNAPPED! was a finalist in The People’s Book Prize 2017 and was quickly followed by, IN THE DOG HOUSE and the recently released, ON THE DOG WALK.

One of David’s books

Dognapped is about a dog called Misty and her three doggy friends who go off on what was meant to be a relaxed day of exploring. But with trouble never too far away from the four canines, it’s not long before they find themselves accidentally adrift on a canal boat with the boat’s reluctant puppy, Ashley! Trying to steer the boat back to shore, the friends find themselves in hot water. It looks like they have become pirates for real as they hear on the radio that Ashley is reported as being dognapped!

David will be a speaker on the panel for:

‘Engaging children & teenagers with reading’