Children’s author Andy Robb hopes to wow crowds at Redbridge Children’s Literary Festival

PUBLISHED: 12:54 13 September 2016 | UPDATED: 13:08 13 September 2016

Author Andy Robb is speaking at the very first Redbridge Literature Festiva at the Kenneth More theatre next month.

Author Andy Robb is speaking at the very first Redbridge Literature Festiva at the Kenneth More theatre next month.

Andy Robb

An author who turned his “geeky” childhood into a successful book series is looking forward to speaking at the first ever Redbridge Children’s Literary Festival next month.

The first book in Andy Robb’s critically acclaimed Geekhood series, Close Encounters of the Girl Kind, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2013.

And on Wednesday October 26, the former-actor will be taking to the stage at the Kenneth More Theatre, Oakfield Road, Ilford, as part of the newly-founded Redbridge Children’s Literary Festival.

Andy said: “I’m really looking forward to the festival.

“It’s always exciting to be involved the very first time something happens, because sometimes you go to these events and everyone’s still talking about something amazing that happened last year.

“Hopefully we’ll do our best and can make sure we get the festival off to a great start.”

Andy’s stories focus on 14-year-old Archie as he tries to negotiate awkward teenage attempts to talk to girls

He said: “I’m sort of billed as “king of the geeks” because I was always into things like role playing growing up.

“It’s nice to see all those things becoming a bit more accepted in popular culture.”

So what would Andy say to his 11-year-old self if he was sitting in the Kenneth More audience on October 26?

“I think I’d just tell him, ‘It will all be alright in the end’, that all the pain and everything you go through as a kid does eventually pass by and leave you stronger.

“All I did was have a bash at writing because it was something I wanted to try, and that’s all kids need to do.

“Sometimes you’ll be good at something, and other times you’ll be terrible at something, but it all starts with trying.”

Andy’s books will be on sale after the talk, with the author himself staying to sign autographs.

The Redbridge Children’s Literary Festival will run events every day during the October half-term.

For more information and for a full schedule visit

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