Public Events/Festivals

James Carter visits book festivals, music festivals and libraries – as well as museums and arts centres – all over the UK. He is also a regular visitor/workshopper at the Roald Dahl Museum at Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire.

For the last few years, James has been a regular performer at the Sunday Times Oxford Literature Festival as well as the Off The Shelf Festival in Sheffield where he has visited libraries, hospitals, schools and has given INSET sessions to teachers and librarians.

In libraries and at book festivals, James gives three very different public performances for children:

Once Upon a Star

The story of the BIG BANG - a totally cosmic zany show for 5-11s with interactive storytelling, drama, music and poetry all based on James' picture book Once Upon A Star. James has taken this show to the Roald Dahl Museum, Oxford Story Museum and the Edinburgh Festival - it's a hoot! Includes a mini writing workshop.

Duration – 1hr

Zim Zam Zoom!

A gentle, fun and interactive session for 0-6 year olds and their parents/carers. Expect soothing guitar music as well as poems, riddles and action rhymes aplenty, full of bugs and bubbles, rockets and pirates, aliens and a whole heap of funny faces - all of which feature in James' collections I'm A Little Alien, Hey, Little Bug! and the CLiPPA shortlisted Zim Zam Zoom! .

Duration – ½hr

The World's Greatest Space Cadet

Ever met a space cadet? James is probably the closest you’ll ever get. Come along for a madcap session from the quirkiest and liveliest poet and guitarist in town. See James perform some wild guitar music as well as a bunch of poems from his collections The World's Greatest Sapce Cadet, Journey To The Centre Of My Brain, and Greetings, Earthings!. You'll hear poems on a range of topics, from wolves to electric guitars, brains to woolly mammoths. Very much a family session, it’s perfect for 5-11 year olds. Why not bring along your air guitar and join in? Family writing workshop can be included.

Duration – 1hr


Negotiable and extremely reasonable, of course!

For costs and availability please send James an email.

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