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Build your own villain with author Clare Povey - activity sheet

Join Clare Povey, author of the Bastien Bonlivre Adventure series and forthcoming The Wanderdays: Journey to Fantome Island, for an interactive, engaging event that is all about the characters we love to hate: villains!

During this event, Clare will discuss the different villains and shades of villainy in her books (think self-obsessed best-selling authors, manic scientists, and a David-Attenborough-if-he-was-evil explorer!) She’ll lead a Villains quiz, using examples from books, films and TV, to test the audience’s knowledge on how well they know – and understand – the best villains of our time. Clare will invite children to create their own villains with her ‘Build Your Villain’ worksheet, which asks nine essential questions of your baddies.

Download the activity sheet and join us for our virtual event with Clare Povey on 11 July from 10-11am by signing up on Eventbrite.


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