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Welcome to the Stepping Into Stories Kids' Lit Fest 2024! 

An outstanding children's literary festival, right at the heart of South East London. Join us in Herne Hill, Brixton, Croydon and online for our fifth festival of children’s poetry, performance and storytelling, from 30 Jan - 4 Feb 2024. Meet leading lights from the world of children’s literature and publishing to share, create and celebrate stories in all their wonderful forms. Confirmed names for 2024 include:


Jeffrey Boakye; Nicola Davies; Sam Sedgman; Laura Ellen Anderson; AM Dassu; Ross Montgomery; Nikita Gill; Alex Wheatle; Katya Balen; James Catchpole; Gareth P Jones; Patrice Lawrence; Frann Preston-Gannon and many, many more…



“A lovely experience for me as an author - friendly, local and inclusive” 

Patrice Lawrence, MBE, winner of the Waterstones Prize for Older Children's Fiction & Bookseller YA Prize 


“Such an important event and generous” - audience participant

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Stepping into

Enjoy ten minutes a day listening to a special storytime with some of your favourite authors! Story readings will be posted daily on the website during festival week - Perfect for little ones aged 4+

School Events

A week of workshops and performances by award winning authors and illustrators, for school children of all ages. Taking place in schools, at Station Hall and virtually. 



Public Events

An eight day programme of workshops, talks and events with figureheads from the world of children’s books, taking place across South East London and online. Perfect for children of all ages, and grown ups interested in book creation.  


We can’t wait to receive your creations! The competition theme for 2024 is ‘Rooted Deep, Branching Far’ and the deadline is 6th January 2024. For more information and to enter your story,


With thanks to our supporters

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