About the Festival 2020 Festival Programme Children's Programme Vashti Hardy: Darkwhispers Vashti Hardy: Darkwhispers - A Brightstorm Adventure Author of Wildspark, Vashti recently won the Blue Peter Book Award 2020 for Best Story. It's voted for by children, so she must be good! Darkwhispers is the thrilling sequel to the acclaimed BRIGHTSTORM: A SKY SHIP ADVENTURE. The Brightstorm twins are back for another adventure! Eudora Vane has organized an explorer fleet to search the last known destination of missing adventurer Ermitage Wrigglesworth. Harriet Culpepper and the crew of the Aurora join the mission, but they don't believe that Eudora has good intentions. What is she really looking for? Arthur is determined to find out, and when disaster strikes and the Brightstorm twins are separated, will he and Maudie be able to find their way back to each other? Vashti talks about the daring real-life explorers who have influenced the series, and surprising facts and insights! We’ll think about invention and how to take what we know and give a science or magical twist to make it EXTRAORDINARY! Booking for this event has now closed.