Praise from our supporters

“The Busy Parents Network and the Producer of Bournville Children’s Book Festival, Sarah Mullen, have become an important and effective part of the arts infrastructure in Birmingham over the last few years. Their focus on children and young people and their genuine interest in ensuring diversity of artists, participants and audiences has ensured that this area of literature development is receiving the attention it deserves. The Festival itself has grown into a well-run and popular occasion in the arts calendar but one that is not content to rest on its laurels. The new developments currently in planning will offer more opportunity to young people and to writers in our region and beyond.” 

-Jonathan Davidson, Chief Executive of Writing West Midlands


“Busy Parents Network are producers of wonderful family arts events”

 – Andrew Davies, Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Praise for BookFest 2017:

“We had an amazing Saturday listening to Chloe Inkpen bring Beans to life, singing and dancing with the fabulous Nick Cope and making crowns and drawing dragons. We spent the day with good friends in a brilliant, well-organised festival.”

 “I have 4 children ranging from one to eight and there is something for everyone. The Revolting Rhymes with orchestra was spectacular. Where else can I take kids to an experience like this in a relaxed atmosphere, for £4 for a kids ticket? They loved it!”

 “We are living on a very tight budget, which doesn’t include treats, but these events were definitely worth it. Thank you for making this possible for us!”

 “It’s a fantastic way to spend some time as a family at an event that’s a bit different.”

Praise for Magical Lands:

“I’m writing to congratulate you on yet another amazing event.  Everything ran so smoothly and it was lovely to see so many families having such a fantastic time.  The effort you put into these events is incredible and all your hard work is very worthwhile." 

Rachel Andrews, manager of sponsors Oulsnam Estate Agents, Bournville.


“Busy Parents Network are the people behind Bournville BookFest and, if you’ve got kids and live in or near Birmingham, you want to get onto their radar and find out what they’re planning next…” 

Birmingham Mail