Book festival is the biggest success yet

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The 30th Northern Children’s Book Festival proved to be one of the most successful yet, with more than 1,100 children taking part in a gala day event.

The festival at Woodhorn Museum in Ashington, promoted the enjoyment of reading and celebrated the great writing currently available in this country.

The event was a fitting finale to a fortnight of author talks and workshops that took place in schools and libraries across Northumberland and the north east.

During the event, 10 of the country’s leading children’s authors and illustrators, including David Almond, Korky Paul and Berwick-based partners Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom, entertained children with their exciting workshops and shows, which were full of jokes and fun.

As part of the event there was also storytelling sessions, craft activities and face painting.

Afterwards children were able to buy books that were on sale, meet the authors and take home signed copies.

The event is Europe’s longest-running children’s book festival and was co-hosted by Northumberland and North Tyneside Libraries.

Northumberland County Councillor Val Tyler, policy board member for community infrastructure and culture, who attended the event, said: “The feedback was extremely positive with children, teachers, library staff and parents all commenting on how much they enjoyed the day.

“Hopefully we’ve managed to inspire lots of local children to be lifelong readers.

“You never know we might have fired the spark that will help create the next Michael Morpurgo or Jacqueline Wilson.”

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