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Barnes Children’s Literature Festival

Branding, Website, Print & Merchandise


Silent Deer is super proud to work with the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival, the UK’s largest dedicated literature festival for children, and family-friendly fun-filled-to-the-brim event starring some of children’s literature’s biggest and best authors and illustrators.


Back in 2015, the founder and festival director, Amanda Brettagh’s brief was to illustrate the infamous Barnes pond scene and landmark buildings including the resident pair of swans if possible! We triumphantly accomplished this and more – setting the tone for the festival which has become a signature ident with followers in the local area, nationally and internationally. Each year the original logo has been re-worked to featured well-known illustrators; Axel Sheffler (2017), Judith Kerr (2018) celebrating 50 years of the ‘Tiger Who Came To Tea’, Lauren Child (2019), Helen Oxenbury (2021), Rob Biddulph (2021) and Cressida Cowell (2022).


Silent Deer has continued to produce all online digital platforms, print and promotional material for 9 consecutive years. The festival started out as a one day event and now compromises of 8 days FREE Schools Programme PLUS 2 days public events packed with a huge line-up of children’s authors and illustrator events. All this content needs listing and promoting. Each year the items required range from printed programmes to partnership proposals, from signage graphics big and small, to volunteers aprons and much much much more!


The festival’s website needed a bright, lively and dynamic feel to appeal to children and parents alike yet be simple to navigate through the 100+ event details. Needless to say the site has grown somewhat organically over time as the festival has increased in size and complexity. We’ve worked closely throughout with online developers Spicy Apple updating the website each year to cater for the festival’s jam-packed schedule of amazing events.


View the website here



“Silent Deer has got what it takes to exceed your expectations every time. They seem to know straight away what we need and they go the extra mile – and a half! – every single day for us while dealing with our outrageous deadlines, our ambitious ideas and our skinny budgets with bucketloads of patience and big agency professionalism. And not only that they’re great fun to work with so if working with people you like is important to you then our advice is do not hesitate to give them a call.”

Amanda Brettargh, Founder & Owner




Branding, Marketing, Print & Packaging, Websites