Chris Smith is one half of the best-selling author duo behind the best-selling Kid Normal series (the other half being BBC Radio 1's Greg James)

Join Chris as he introduces his fantastically funny new book Frankie Best Hates Quests for an event full of epic adventure!

Find out about Gnoblins, Angel Owls and Ping Wings amongst a whole host of magical creatures.

Discover brilliant tips to write your own adventures, uncover the magic of a good map and an opportunity to ask Chris any burning questions you may have.

Frankie Best Hates Quests brings together gaming, fantasy and relatable characters in an accessible epic adventure!

Perfect for fans of Pixar’s Onward, Jumanji, and The Wizard in my Shed. 

Ages: 8+ 


  • Babies under 1 go FREE (must have a ticket). Under 12’s to be accompanied by an adult. Concession rates apply to under 16’s only.
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Chris Smith has wanted to be an author ever since he was eight and won a competition by writing story about a baby dinosaur who loved biscuits. That story is soon to be brought to life as a blockbuster Hollywood movie. Not really, he made that part up.

Chris worked for many years on radio stations including Xfm and BBC Radio 1. That's where he met Greg James, and in between messing about on the airwaves the pair created the bestselling Kid Normal series. Chris lives in north London with his family and a cat called Mabel who can go invisible.