Award-Winning Children's Author Making a Beeline to Worcester

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An award-winning author will be making a beeline to the University of Worcester next month as part of its popular children’s storytelling festival.

Kevin Crossley-Holland, known for his book ‘The Seeing Stone’, which won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, the Smarties Prize Bronze Medal and the Tir na n-Og will be coming to the city to help kick-off the popular Beeline Children’s Storytelling Festival.

He will be speaking to students at the University in April before returning in October as part of a month of activities. Mr Crossley-Holland has been announced as one of three top authors, illustrators and storytellers who will be at this year’s Beeline festival, which is now in its eighth year.

The Festival has grown in popularity, and last year saw record numbers attend the event, which had popular children’s authors Michael Rosen and Dame Jacqueline Wilson visiting and entertaining thousands of children from Herefordshire and Worcestershire. And for the first time it will be shifting from being just a month-long event to one that has a number of events throughout the year, culminating with the main October festival, designed to encourage children to love books and reading.

Professor Jean Webb, Director of the International Forum for Research in Children’s Literature said: “I have worked with Kevin a few times before and he is an excellent speaker. He is not just a children’s author, he is an historian and Medieval scholar. Currently my students are studying his texts. He will be talking to us about his Arthurian trilogy but also be talking more widely on writing historical fiction. So we are very excited he is coming and can’t wait to see him again in October too.”

Also confirmed for the Beeline Festival will be Jane Ray, an illustrator of children’s books, who has won the Smarties prize, along with storyteller Michael Kerins, and children’s writer Chris Wormell. Kevin Crossley-Holland’s talk will be held at the University of Worcester on April 10 and more events are being planned throughout the year.