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Award-Winning Illustrator to Appear at University's Beeline Festival

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The ninth University of Worcester Storytelling Festival, ‘Beeline’, takes place next month, with award-winning illustrator Nick Sharratt among the names lined up to take part.

The festival, which has grown into one of the largest children’s literary events in the region, is a celebration of stories and storytelling, and will again engage thousands of children from across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Last year’s festival saw authors, illustrators, puppeteers and performers work with over 3,000 children, and with a full programme of events scheduled throughout October, that number is expected to rise this year.

Around 35 schools from across Herefordshire and Worcestershire will be taking part, with Astrosaurs author Steve Cole; ‘Roald Dahl Funny Prize’ award-winner, Jamie Thomson; and Worcester-based The Positively Pleasant Pirates author Greg Dobbins all set to appear at various events throughout the month.

Nick Sharratt not only writes his own picture books, but also illustrates the books of Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Julia Donaldson. The University is delighted that Nick will be appearing at two school events during the festival, and will also be attending the presentation evening for the Summer Reading Challenge – an initiative which encourages children to read six books during their summer holiday.

He says: “Confident reading and a love of books bring many, many advantages and leads the way to real opportunities in life. In its vibrant celebration of storytelling, the Beeline Festival is all about encouraging reading, and I'm delighted to be taking part in this year's exciting events.”

This year will also see an increase in the number of public events taking place at The Hive library, including four days of activities during the October half term week.

Anne Hannaford, Director of Information and Learning Services at the University of Worcester, said: “The Beeline Festival has grown rapidly over recent years, and we are very much looking forward to working alongside thousands of children across Herefordshire and Worcestershire again this year.

“The festival brings children, writers and artists together in a celebration of the power of our imagination.

“In The Hive, we have the perfect setting and it is wonderful that, once again, so many talented, engaging and interesting authors and illustrators will be visiting the festival to pass on their love of stories and storytelling.”

To view a full programme of the public Beeline events taking place this October, visit the webpage.