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Books Editorial

childrensbooksfest18.jpg Books & kids? It might just work…

The Northern Children’s Book Festival is set to culminate in a Gala Day at Gateshead Central Library and the Shipley Art Gallery and it promises to be a real extravaganza.

I’m an avid reader and can trace my interest in literature right back to when I was a child. (I can remember scenes in books I read as a youngster more than I can in novels I finished last year.) A young mind catches fire when exposed to different stories, and books should play an important part in any child’s life. The Northern Children’s Book Festival have played a huge part in getting youngsters interested in words (and pictures) and their 2018 festival will end on a real high with a magnificent Gala Day. The event is free to attend and this year’s inspiring programme will feature a host of award-winning authors and illustrators including Steve Skidmore, Vivian French, Guy Bass, Alan Windram, Liz Million and local author Simon Bartram. Upcoming authors and exciting new talent include Sophie Anderson, Ross Montgomery and Northumberland author, Chloe Daykin. The Gala Day will also see the nationwide public book launch of the ‘Little Inventors Handbook’, with Sunderland-born designer and inventor Dominic Wilcox. Following the launch there will be an afternoon of invention creation activities with Dominic in the Shipley Art Gallery so get your thinking caps on. Check out the full exciting programme from the website, below.

Northern Children’s Book Festival Gala Day, Saturday 17 November, Gateshead Central Library and the Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead. 10am-5pm. Tickets are free but need to be booked for author and illustrator sessions. northernchildrensbookfestival.org.uk