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The Patron of Isle of Wight Story Festival


We are extraordinarily lucky to have a wonderful patron for the Story Festival. You might have heard of him…Nicholas Allan, of The Queen’s Knickers’ fame.

And what’s more, he’s drawn some special Festival knickers, just for us!

We want YOU to draw some knickers!


Nicholas has made some pants inspired by his trips to the Isle of Wight, but what would be on your knickers?

Email them to for a chance to appear on this website, alongside Nicholas’.

News from Nicholas

Nicholas is also working on two new books at the moment, plus, The Queen’s Knickers Award, a new national picture book prize, is launched this year by Jackie Kay, the current poet Scottish laureate, the first award to be given in 2020. The winner will receive £5000 and a gold lapel pin.

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