A packed weekend of fun events for young readers and artists is coming this weekend as part of the Beverley Literature Festival. Authors, storytellers, illustrators, puppeteers and football will be taking over The Treasure House in Beverley to give young people a taste of the very best that books and reading have to offer.
Aimed at young readers from two to 13 years and their families, the programme has something for everyone. From the inspiring Tom Palmer and hilarious Steve Hartley who are guaranteed to get young boys reading to fairy tale performance workshops for everyone. The festival also has some of the best puppeteers telling some of our best loved stories, including Peter and the Wolf.
Lara Goodband, children’s festival director, said: “I’m delighted with this year’s programme. We’ve got some of the best children’s authors and illustrators travelling to Beverley for this unique weekend. I’m certain there’s something to suit all tastes. It will be great fun.
“Give the young readers in your family a real sense of what books can do, come and join in the adventures – it’s going to be a great weekend.”
As part of its aim to bring authors and young readers together, the festival is also working with schools in the Beverley area on Friday 8 October.
These include: Beverley Grammar School with author Tom Palmer; Beverley Minster C of E Primary with Tom Palmer; St John of Beverly RC Primary School with author Penny Dolan and Keldmarsh Primary School with author and illustrator Deborah Allwrignt.
Carol Tomkinson, head teacher at Keldmarsh, said: “We are really pleased to have the opportunity to play an active role in the Beverley Literature Festival and having the author and illustrator Deborah Allwright in school is a wonderful experience for the children.”
John Clarke, festival director said: “I’m delighted with children’s literature festival this year. It’s so important for a literature festival to encourage and inspire the younger generation readers.
“As my mum would say ‘reading is the gateway to knowledge’ and libraries and our festival should be the place where young people take those early, pleasurable and inspiring steps.”