AN AWARD-winning illustrator is hoping to create a buzz about books in Worcester when he takes part in a city storytelling festival this month.
About 35 schools from across Herefordshire and Worcestershire will be attending the University of Worcester Storytelling Festival, ‘Beeline’, which will be held throughout October.
The festival, which is in its ninth year and has grown into one of the largest children’s literary events in the region, is set to be a celebration of stories and storytelling.
Nick Sharratt is among the names lined up to take part in the festival, which last year saw more than 3,000 children enjoy the programme of events.
Mr Sharratt, who not only writes his own picture books, but also illustrates the books of Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Julia Donaldson, said he hoped youngsters would be inspired to read.
“Confident reading and a love of books bring many advantages and leads the way to real opportunities in life,” he said.
“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 see an increase in the number of public events taking place at The Hive, including four days of activities during the October half term week.
Anne Hannaford, director of Information and learning services at the University of Worcester, added: “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.”
For a full programme of the event visit /www.worcester.ac.uk/discover/beeline-storytelling-festival.html.