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A record number of children will take part in one of the largest children's literary festivals in the Country next month.

Around 2,000 children from a large number of schools across Herefordshire and Worcestershire have been invited to take part in the University of Worcester’s Beeline Storytelling Festival for Children, which will feature authors Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Rosen.

Primary schools from across the two counties will enjoy watching lively and interactive storytelling performances from theatre groups and famous children’s authors during the festival, from 3rd to 27th October 2012.

Liz Pichon is one of the UK’s rising stars in children’s literature who will be kick-starting the school festival at The Hive on Tuesday, October 3rd. Liz is the author of the Tom Gates book series, aimed at 10-14 age groups. Recent awards for her work include the Roald Dahl ‘Funny Prize’, Waterstone's ‘Children’s Book Award’ and the ‘Redhouse Prize for Children’s Literature’.

A fun and artistic blend of dance, music, puppetry and projections will be used to engage children with poetry and stories from the across the world. Professional batik artists will work with school groups to create a story banner using hot wax and dyes to create vibrant images on silk.

Pupils will be given the chance to discover the cultural diversity of the City through the location of the events which are being held in museums, country parks, the University of Worcester and the new integrated public and university library, The Hive.

The Festival will see the official opening of the children’s library at The Hive by former children’s laureate Michael Rosen at 6pm on Wednesday, October 17th. The author of children’s classics such as ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ will be doing storytelling sessions as well as book signings.

Dame Jacqueline Wilson, known for her popular Tracy Beaker series, will appear at the Beeline Festival on Saturday, October 6th at 2pm at Huntingdon Hall, where she will be launching her latest book in the Hetty Feather series and taking part in three story telling sessions. She has offered to sign books for every child who attends.

Tickets cost £5.50 and can be purchased from The Hive café, at Worcester’s new fully integrated public and university library, and also from the Worcester Live Box Office.

Each Saturday at 10.30am and 11.30am, from the 13th October, The Hive will play host to Stories on the Island. Children from five to 12 years can enjoy listening to stories from around the world told by professional storytellers. Tickets are free of charge but spaces are limited.

For the whole Beeline Storytelling programme and to keep up-to-date with news from the Festival visit the website www.worcester.ac.uk/beeline