Creative Partners

We seek to bring together talented people and local communities in order to nurture talent and build relationships.

We are delighted to be working with our Creative Partners and we encourage you to get in touch with them if you are looking to create an event or workshop with a difference.


Annamation Storytellers, Anna O’Brien


Storyteller Anna O’Brien has worked with Busy Parents from the beginning, 

Pied Piper-like she leads children on story walks around Rowheath Park at Bournville BookFest, and brings masterpieces to life by weaving stories around characters in paintings at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, where we hold draw-along events. She often incorporatessong into her stories, especially folk songs from the British Isles

Jake Evans, Story teller


Energetic and compelling, Jake Evans is a young talent from Shropshire, who won the National Young Storyteller of the Year in 2014 – a competition he entered “just for fun”.  Since then Jake’s been entertaining families at Busy Parents Network events including Bournville BookFest and Magical Lands. Alongside his university studies, he is expanding his story repertoire and working, performing and leading workshops in schools, libraries and museums.


Jess Mikhail


Jess has been an illustrator since 2002. Her favourite place is her tiny home where she lives with her tiny dog. It is there that she loves to draw and create funny characters with bright colours and fancy patterns. There is nowhere else she would rather be (except a car boot sale or a charity shop maybe).

Jess likes to use a mix of all sorts of stuff in her work. She draws, she scans, she scribbles and blobs, she prints and stamps and she even uses a scary computer.

The aim of her work is to make people smile and she hopes that she does just that.

Juliet Clare Bell


Juliet Clare Bell is the author of Don't Panic, Annika! published by Piccadilly Press, and The Kite Princess, a rhyming picture book for Barefoot Books.

She is called Clare by everyone, because her parents quickly decided that their long and scrawny newborn baby with tufts of orange hair did not quite resemble the tragic heroine from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. They didn’t decide quickly enough though, as they had already put Juliet Clare on her birth certificate.

Her life has been far from tragic and she lives very happily in Birmingham with her husband and three small children. She can usually be found on the floor doing puzzles, reading books or being climbed on. Very occasionally, when she is not writing, she can be found watching Columbo (Scooby Doo for grown-ups).

Kate Hindley

Kate is a children's book illustrator living and working in Birmingham, and produced the gorgeous artwork for our BookFest 2016 programme. She worked as a Print Designer at a Northamptonshire based design company before she got her first book deal with Simon and Schuster back in 2011, illustrating Claire Freedman's "The Great SnortleHunt". “Worst in Show” and “Don’t Call Me Choochie Pooh!” came soon after and she’s looking forward to the publication of “The Lost Penguin” again by Claire Freedman in 2018.

We also work with...

Bournville Village Trust (BVT) has been a wonderful supporter of Busy Parents Network from the very beginning. 

Founded in 1900 by George Cadbury, BVT is one of the largest and most respected housing trusts in the country, looking after over 8,000 properties across the Midlands. As Mr Cadbury hoped, families make a home in Bournville and often never leave thanks to the convivial atmosphere of the location.  

Busy Parents Network is pleased to be able to help BVT to connect with young families at our festivals and other smaller events held in the village.  We would like to thank BVT for their support.

Oulsnam Estate Agents – based here in Bournville – are very firm supporters, sponsoring festivals and advertising regularly in the Busy Parents Network Directory.

Barber Institute of Fine Arts
We have had the pleasure of producing several events with the Barber – including the award-winning Carnival of the Animals and Revolting Rhymes at BookFest 2017.  Our collaborations have introduced many families to the world-class masterpieces on display in the galleries and it has been fantastic to be able to stage events in their concert hall.

The Barber is free to enter and has a Little Artists club for preschoolers, Creative Sunday Workshops for older children and holiday art school.

Selly Manor Museum

Our Magical Lands events have seen Selly Manor and Minworth Greaves transformed into Narnia and a School of Wizardry. We value our relationship with the SellyManor Museum team and look forward to organisingmany more imaginative and original festivals in the future.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

As well as supporting our Directory and sponsoring BookFest 2017, the Rep has collaborated with Busy Parents with our Winnie and Wilbur Day at Library of Birmingham and a Harry Potter acting workshop.

Writing West Midlands

Writing West Midlands is the region’s literature development agency and organise the brilliant Birmingham Literature Festival.

Wyevale Garden Centre

Our neighbours at Wyevale Garden Centre have been very supportive, sponsoring Magical Lands, running a children’s plant-a-magic-bean stall and donating the most beautiful Christmas tree to our base at Bournville Community Hub.

Arts Council England

We are grateful beneficiaries of Arts Council Funding.

The Ticket Sellers

TheTicketSellers have managed the increasingly complex job of online ticket sales for Busy Parents events since 2016.  Established in 1998 they have worked hand in hand for many years with the UK`s leading promoters and event organisers to bring a wide selection of great ticket deals.