Book festival hits 30th anniversary

Author Paul Cookson with Rio Tinto's regional economic development assistant, Joanne Hannay.
Author Paul Cookson with Rio Tinto's regional economic development assistant, Joanne Hannay.
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Woodhorn Museum is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Northern Children’s Book Festival Gala Day on Saturday.

The free family fun day, hosted by Northumberland libraries, is filled with children’s authors, arts and crafts activities, face painting and storytelling.

Waterstones will have a pop-up bookshop and children can meet their favourite authors at book signing sessions.

County councillor Val Tyler, policy board member for community infrastructure and culture, said: “It’s a privilege to host this year’s gala day in Northumberland, especially on such a grand occasion as the book festival celebrates its thirtieth anniversary.

“Encouraging children and young people to enjoy reading is important and the value of this is what this day is all about, bringing families together to celebrate children’s books and literature.”

The day received a cash boost from Rio Tinto, which donated £1,500.

The festival is the largest annual celebration of reading for young people in Europe and is organised by public libraries across the region.

Rio Tinto’s regional economic development assistant, Joanne Hannay, said: “The Northern Children’s Book Festival has become a wonderful regional tradition with an important goal.

“The gala on Saturday promises to be a great day out for lots of families right across south east Northumberland.”