Friday, 26 September 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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
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.
brings children, writers and artists together in a celebration of the power of
“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.