SOME of the most exciting creators of children’s books in the country are set to visit Wearside schools from next week, during a special reading festival fortnight.
Eight top authors and illustrators will be going into schools to talk to pupils and read from their books as part of the Northern Children’s Book Festival, the largest such event in Europe.
The festival, which began as a two-day event in 1983 is organised and run by all the public libraries between the Tees and the Tweed.
Authors will be sharing their love of books as well as talking to children about their work, and how they first got involved in writing and illustrating during their visits to schools.
Among those taking part are Steve Hartley, author of Danny Baker, Record Breaker; poet in residence at the National Football Museum Paul Cookson; Guy Bass; Rob Lewis; Simon Puttock; Craig Bradley; BBC and Edinburgh Fringe regular John Hegley, and North East poet, writer and stand-up comedian Kate Fox.
Coun John Kelly, who is responsible for culture, said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for children in our schools to meet some of their favourite authors and talk to them about their work.
“Some of the sessions promise to be really lively and I think the children will definitely enjoy them.
“We’re looking forward to having even more top writers and illustrators heading for the city, when Sunderland hosts the gala day pop-up festival which brings the Northern Children’s Book Festival to a close on Saturday. November 22.”
For more information, visit www.ncbfgaladay.co.uk