Star authors visit county for children’s book festival
01 Nov 2017
Hundreds of Northumberland children will have the chance to meet their favourite authors over the next two weeks, as the 34th Northern Children’s Book Festival gets underway.
The festival which runs from 6 - 17 November is one of the largest children’s book festivals in the UK, and a host of inspiring and top name authors, poets, storytellers and illustrators will visiting schools and libraries across the region.
Northumberland County Council’s library staff have arranged for four children’s authors and illustrators to visit Northumberland to meet children and young people across the county.
They will be talking about their books, telling stories and making pictures, with lots of opportunities for audience participation and questions. The events are always entertaining and promote the message that reading is fun.
Tracey Corderoy, award winning author, will be holding interactive story sessions based around her picture books and early reader series ‘Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam’. Tracey will be visiting
Embleton Primary and Swansfield Park Schools on Wednesday 8th November.
Another fantastic award winning author, Guy Bass, will be reading and talking to children about his latest series ‘Spynosaur’. Guy will be visiting
Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools in Morpeth on Thursday 9th November.
Author and singer songwriter Alan Windram will be sharing his lovable ‘Mac and Bob’ series of picture books. Alan will be visiting
Ashington Central Primary School on Friday 10th November.
Last, but by no means least, Philip Ardagh, author of over 100 books and winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize will be entertaining children with tales from his book series ‘The Grunts’ and giving them ideas on how to start creating their own stories. Philip will be visiting
Ovingham Middle and Ponteland Middle Schools on Monday 13th November.
Northumberland County Councillor, Cath Homer, cabinet member for culture, arts and leisure said:
“ We’re looking forward to a fantastic fortnight with the authors who are set to bring alive the wonder of literature for all the young people involved. Initiatives such as this, which get children interested in reading are so important and we hope they go away enthused and inspired to read more often.”
The festival will culminate in a Gala Day which takes place on Saturday 18th November at The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, South Shields.
Gala Day has something for everyone aged 4 – 13. There will be free, fun, interactive family sessions with award winning authors, illustrators and storytellers.
Gala Day events are free to attend but must be booked in advance on www.northernchildrensbookfestival.org.uk