Authors open up a new chapter

YOUNGSTERS will have the chance to meet their favourite authors at the 28th Northern Children’s Book Festival.

The festival is one of the largest children’s book festivals in the UK, and has now grown to involve libraries and schools across the North East, attracting two dozen top name authors to work in the region each November.

Northumberland County Council’s library staff have arranged for five children’s authors and illustrators to visit Northumberland to meet children and young people across the county. They will be talking about their books, telling stories and making pictures, with lots of opportunities for audience participation and questions. The events are always entertaining and promote the message that reading is fun.

Teen author Cathy MacPhail will be talking to children in Morpeth about where ideas come from and how to build up the suspense, character and plot in a story. She is visiting Newminster Middle School and Chantry Middle School in Morpeth tomorrow.

At the end of the event, children will be able to buy a book and have it signed by the author as a permanent souvenir of the event.