Authors to meet young readership

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Youngsters are being given the chance to meet their favourite authors as a festival returns.

Four children’s authors and illustrators will visit Northumberland to meet children and young people at the 32nd Northern Children’s Book Festival.

They will talk about their books and tell stories, with audience members able to ask questions.

Author Guy Bass will spend the day in Blyth with the children of New Delaval Primary School on Wednesday, November 11, holding workshops based around his fantastic Stitch Head series.

Vivian French will be visiting Warkworth First School on Thursday, November 12.

Poet Craig Bradley will visit children at Ashington Central Primary School on Friday, November 13.

And on Monday, November 16, author and illustrator Liz Million will be spending the day at St Mary’s RC First School and The Sele First School in Hexham.

Coun Val Tyler, cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture, said: “Seeing so many of our children and young people passionate about reading is always fantastic.

“I would like to express my personal thanks to our library staff who have worked so hard to organise the authors’ visits, and hopefully the county’s children and young people will be inspired to read and write adventures of their own.”

The festival reaches a climax on Saturday, November 21, with a free Gala Day open at Durham Town Hall from 10am to 5pm. There will be a full programme of sessions with creative writing, illustration and craft workshops, storytelling and more.