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Top children's authors to visit Gateshead

Posted on Monday 6 November 2017

Ten of the biggest names in children’s fiction will be visiting Gateshead over the next two weeks.

Authors and illustrators of some of Britain’s most popular children’s books will be popping into schools and libraries across Gateshead this month to read stories and talk to children as part of this year’s Northern Children’s Book Festival.

Visiting authors include one of the most famous names in children’s literature, illustrator Korky Paul, who has illustrated dozens of children’s books including ‘Winnie the Witch’, ‘The Wonky Donkey’ and ‘The Monster Book of horrible Horrors’. He will be visiting St Oswalds Primary in Wrekenton and St Wilfrids Primary in the Old Fold.

Other authors visiting Gateshead schools include Guy Bass, author of ‘Stitch Head’ and ‘Dinkin Dings and the Frightening Things’, who will be dropping in at St Mary’s Primary School in Whickham and Dunston Hill Primary.  

Steve Webb, author of ‘Spangles McNasty and the Fish of Gold’, and illustrator Chris Mould, who illustrated ‘A Boy Called Christmas’ and ‘The Train Set of Terror’, will be visiting Front Street Primary in Whickham and Kells Lane Primary in Low Fell, with Alan Windrum, Claire Barker, Rob Lewis, Simon Bartram, Chris Callaghan and Steve Camden also making school and library visits.

The Northern Children’s Book festival is a two-week celebration of books and reading which brings well-known authors and illustrators to the region to meet and work with children in schools and libraries. 

Councillor Angela Douglas, Cabinet member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, says: “The Northern Children’s Book Festival is a true celebration of children’s books and reading.

“Over the years, the festival has introduced thousands of children to some of the greatest books and stories in children’s literature, generating a love of reading that has carried into their adulthood.

“Author visits are a major part of the festival and have a huge influence on young people and I’m delighted that we have some of the biggest names in children’s literature visiting Gateshead this year. I know these visits always create huge excitement in schools and libraries throughout the Festival.”

The Northern Children’s Book Festival runs from Monday 6 until Saturday 18 November 2017. The Festival ends with a Gala Day at The Word in South Shields on Saturday 18 November.