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Joy of Stories Brought to Life at University's Annual Beeline Festival

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Thousands of children will come together to revel in the joy of stories, in all their many forms, at this year’s Beeline Storytelling Festival for Children, hosted and organised by the University of Worcester.

The Festival brings some of the Country’s leading authors, illustrators, and performers to the City, giving more than 3,000 schoolchildren a chance to take part in a host of activities.

This year’s festival will take place from Monday 12th October until Thursday 29th October and for the first time, will feature a ‘Festival Theatre’. This fully equipped theatre marquee will be the base for many of the school events, and will be located on the University’s City Campus. There will also be a number of projects at the St John’s campus and activities running weekends and during half term for families at The Hive.

Stars of this year’s festival include top storytellers Peter Chand and Michael Kerins, the Young Shakespeare Company, and winner of this year's CILIP Carnegie Medal, the UK’s oldest children’s book award, for Buffalo Soldier, author Tanya Landman. With a wide range of projects, events, and performances planned, the Festival promises to celebrate storytelling in all its forms, creating fun, inspirational, experiences for our audiences and participants alike.

Organiser Steve Boffy said: “The Festival has grown from the University’s strong academic and community connections with children's storytelling and literature. We are also extremely proud to have worked with many great authors, storytellers, illustrators and theatre companies over the years including Jacqueline Wilson, Carol Anne Duffy, Michael Rosen, Jane Ray, Liz Pichon, Anne Fine and Kevin Crossley Holland. In recent years the University has also awarded honorary degrees to two former children's Laureates Michael Rosen and Michael Morpurgo, in recognition of their contributions to the University's work in this area.”

This year’s family events at The Hive include Stories on the Island, taking place on Saturday, October 10th, 17th and 24th at 11.30am, a children’s recycle arts workshop with The Green Eyed Monster Company, on Tuesday, October 27th from 10am to 3pm, and a performance of The Selfish Giant, by Sea Legs Puppet Theatre Company, on Thursday, October 29th at 2pm.

For information on the family events visit http://www.thehiveworcester.org/family-events.html