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Book Hub at RHS Malvern Spring Festival

This is more than just a bookshop the Book Hub is a space to meet authors and find out about their latest books. 

Thursday and Friday we welcome gardening writers to entice you with their specialist knowledge and support you in developing your horticultural understandings. Saturday and Sunday are all about families, with a range of authors aimed at youngsters take a look at who is joining us.

All the authors are holding book signings after their workshops, but a wide range of children’s and gardening titles are available to buy throughout the festival.

Horticultural Writers on Thursday 10 May

Food You Can Forage

with Tiffany Francis

Thursday 10 May at 11:30 in the Book Hub

Food You Can Forage by Tiffany Francis, published by Bloomsbury Wildlife, is an accessible and engaging guide to foraging for families and amateur naturalists. In this book, Tiffany explores a range of habitats, revealing why plants grow where they do and which other living things live there too. Food You Can Forage is packed with photos, illustrations and useful information to help you identify and find food in the wild, as well as delicious recipes to try with your finds.

Food You Can Forage Food You Can Forage with Tiffany Francis

Brilliant & Wild

with Lucy Bellamy

Thursday 10 May at 12:45 in the Book Hub

From a back-of-an-envelope plan to flower-filled paradise, Brilliant and Wild: A Garden from Scratch in a Year gives even the most inexperienced gardener the chance to create a beautiful and wildlife-friendly outdoor space – from nothing – in just twelve months.

Lucy Bellamy re-trained in horticulture whilst working as a primary school teacher, studying with the Royal Horticultural Society and at Chelsea Physic garden. She writes widely in the national press and has appeared on BBC television and radio. She is the editor of Gardens Illustrated magazine. Brilliant and Wild is Lucy’s first book

Brilliant & Wild Brilliant & Wild with Lucy Bellamy

Plant Love

with Alys Fowler

Thursday 10 May at 14:00 in the Book Hub

In this practical yet inspiring guide, gardening expert Alys Fowler explores all the possible indoor plant options available, helping you to find the perfect plant for any location, from cool, shady bedrooms to warm, sunny kitchen windowsills. As well as more traditional indoor plants, Alys looks at specialist plant groups such as indoor tropical edibles, orchids, cacti, succulents and climbers. With her encyclopaedic knowledge and trademark inspirational style, this definitive guide will give you all the knowledge you need to care for your plants.

Plant Love Plant Love with Alys Fowler

Horticultural Writers on Friday 11 May

Urban Flowers

with Carolyn Dunster

Friday 11 May at 10:30 in the Book Hub

Since cities were first settled, urban dwellers have created gardens on their doorsteps, cultivating beauty and gaining delight from their efforts, however small the landscape. Urban Flowers explores the many ways in which you can bring colour and interest to a small city garden, whatever its location and whatever your taste.  By using Carolyn’s colour-themed planting recipes, her charming projects, and a palette of reliable urban plants, you can turn the least promising corner into a thriving habitat for plants and wildlife.

Urban Flowers Urban Flowers with Carolyn Dunster

Gardening Notes for a Late Bloomer

with Clare Hastings

Friday 11 May at 11:45 in the Book Hub

The daughter of writer and gardener Anne Scott-James, Clare too was a latecomer to gardening, daunted by Latin names and nervous around plants. Then she realised she wasn’t and never would be a ‘proper plantsman’ and that it didn’t matter. Since then she has explored the joys of gardening and now after many years’ experience of her own cottage garden, in Gardening Notes from a Late Bloomer, Clare shares her gardening life notes with Calypso. Her book is full of insight and humour, as well as practical information for newcomers to gardening.

Gardening Notes for a Late Bloomer Gardening Notes for a Late Bloomer with Clare Hastings

The Bumblebee Flies Anyway

with Kate Bradbury

Friday 11 May at 13:00 in the Book Hub

Taking inspiration from nature around her, Kate Bradbury uses her new garden to bounce back from heartbreak and heartaches.

Finding herself in a new home in Brighton, Kate Bradbury sets about transforming her decked, barren backyard into a beautiful wildlife garden. Events take Kate away from her garden, and she finds herself back home in Birmingham where she grew up, travelling the roads she used to race down on her bike in the eighties, thinking of the gardens and wildlife she loved, witnessing more land lost beneath paving stones. If the dead could return, what would they say about the land we have taken, the ancient routes we have carved up, the wildlife we have lost?

The Bumblebee Flies Anyway The Bumblebee Flies Anyway with Kate Bradbury

RHS Practical House Plant Book

with Zia Allaway

Friday 11 May at 14:30 in the Book Hub

Science has proved that house plants make us healthier and happier, but many of us struggle with how to keep them thriving. Join Zia Allaway, co-author of the RHS Practical House Plant Book to learn how to cultivate and care for your houseplants to create an indoor oasis. 

RHS Practical House Plant Book RHS Practical House Plant Book with Zia Allaway

Children's Writers on Saturday 12 May

Stick & Fetch

with Philip Ardagh & Elissa Elwick

Saturday 12 May at 10:30 in the Book Hub

Join bestselling author Philip Ardagh and brilliant author-illustrator Elissa Elwick to celebrate their brand new chapter book series, Stick and Fetch Investigate.

Follow Sally Stick and her lovable canine companion Fetch, as they dash from one crime scene to another! Expect a fun, madcap event with lots of laughs. 

Suitable for children aged 5 - 8

Stick & Fetch Stick & Fetch with Philip Ardagh & Elissa Elwick

Goat's Coat

with Tom Percival

Saturday 12 May at 11:45 in the Book Hub

Come along and meet author Tom Percival and illustrator Christine Pym - find out all about their latest book, Goat’s Coat.

Prepare to create a story using just a suitcase full of props and your imagination!

Suitable for children aged 4+

Goat's Coat Goat's Coat with Tom Percival

Going on a Bear Hunt

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 May at 12:45 in the Book Hub

Join us on a very special Bear Hunt. With storytelling, arts and crafts and maybe even a special appearance from the bear himself, this event is inspired by We're Going on a Bear Hunt: Let's Discover Bugs and Let’s Discover Birds.

The books feature artwork from the animated special of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt which aired on Channel 4 to an audience of over 8 million people and they help young children plan nature hunting adventures with activities and stickers galore.

Suitable for children aged 3+

Going on a Bear Hunt Going on a Bear Hunt

I Can Grow a Sunflower

with Jamie Butterworth

Saturday 12 May at 13:30 in the Book Hub

Follow the journey of a mystery seed, learning how to plant it, and what it needs to grow.

Join RHS Ambassador Jamie Butterworth for this hands-on look at the life-cycle of a plant based on the delightful I Can Grow a Sunflower board book, new from DK.

Suitable for children aged 3-6 

I Can Grow a Sunflower I Can Grow a Sunflower with Jamie Butterworth

The Extraordinary Gardener

with Sam Boughton

Saturday 12 May at 14:45 in the Book Hub

The Extraordinary Gardener tells the tale of Joe who lives in a very grey world. Nothing special ever happens to him, but he does have a wild and wondrous imagination. Then, one day, Joe has the seed of an idea that will take his world from ordinary to extraordinary.

Just like Joe from the story, families are invited to bring the ideas to life by creating beautiful paper flowers set against a backdrop of budding blooms that will surely kick-start your spring spirit.

Suitable for children aged 5+

The Extraordinary Gardener The Extraordinary Gardener with Sam Boughton

Bee Boy

with Tony De Saulles

Saturday 12 May at 16:00 in the Book Hub

Tony De Saulles, illustrator of the bestselling Horrible Science series, presents his brand new series Bee Boy, the story of unlikely superhero Melvin Meadly who is half-bee and half-boy.

Will Melvin be able to defend his hive against killer wasps, terrifying hawkmoths, and battling queen bees? And what about the greatest menace of all… Nasty Norman Crudwell?

Join Tony to discover his top secret illustration tips in a bee drawing workshop, uncover fascinating bee facts and put your knowledge to the test with a quiz, and be immersed in an action-packed story that will leave you buzzing.

Suitable for children aged 7+

Bee Boy Bee Boy with Tony De Saulles

Children's Writers on Sunday 13 May

Horrible Science

with Tony De Saulles

Sunday 13 May at 10:30 in the Book Hub

Join Horrible Science illustrator Tony De Saulles in one of his horribly enjoyable events. Get tips on how to make things look like they are smelly, cut in half or exploding.

You’ll return home with a head full of horrible ideas about what to draw next. It’s science with the squishy bits left in.

Suitable for children aged 7 - 11

Horrible Science Horrible Science with Tony De Saulles

Pet Defenders

with Gareth P Jones

Sunday 13 May at 11:45 in the Book Hub

Join award-winning author Gareth P Jones for a high energy, laugh-out-loud event introducing the PET DEFENDERS, a secret organisation of pets defending the earth from alien invasion.

Featuring raucous songs, frenetic interactive storytelling and a whole bunch of weird alien stuff.

Suitable for children aged 5 - 8

Pet Defenders Pet Defenders with Gareth P Jones

Going on a Bear Hunt

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 May at 12:45 in the Book Hub

Join us on a very special Bear Hunt. With storytelling, arts and crafts and maybe even a special appearance from the bear himself, this event is inspired by We're Going on a Bear Hunt: Let's Discover Bugs and Let’s Discover Birds.

The books feature artwork from the animated special of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt which aired on Channel 4 to an audience of over 8 million people and they help young children plan nature hunting adventures with activities and stickers galore.

Suitable for children aged 3+

Going on a Bear Hunt Going on a Bear Hunt

Red Alert

with Catherine Barr

Sunday 13 May at 13:30 in the Book Hub

Pick a place, choose a creature and help save it. From scaly pangolins to slippery snakes and cuddly pandas, nonfiction author Catherine Barr will share the stories of creatures fighting to survive. With giant habitats, a list of threats and a wealth of ideas, children will help make plans to save a wild animal from extinction. 

Red Alert! is supported by the IUCN* Red List of Threatened Species: the world’s most comprehensive information source on the conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species.

*International Union for Conversation of Nature

Suitable for children aged 6 - 10

Red Alert Red Alert with Catherine Barr

Fairy Tale Pets

with Tracey Corderoy

Sunday 13 May at 14:45 in the Book Hub 

Ever wondered what 'Fairy Tale Pets' get up to in their spare time? Yes? Well, now you can find out.

Bob and his dog, Rex, decide to become pet-sitters. Easy right, looking after cute bunnies and kittens? But one grumpy bear, a flappy goose, three trip-trapping goats and a VERY huffy-puffy wolf later, Bob and Rex are having second thoughts.

A brilliantly fun, interactive session with songs, dressing-up and games as Tracey brings her story, 'Fairy Tale Pets' to life.

Suitable for children aged 3 - 6

Fairy Tale Pets Fairy Tale Pets with Tracey Corderoy