The Book Activist and friends at Lindfield Arts Festival

It wasn’t the most fair weather day as we packed the car up for Lindfield Arts Festival. Having spent the preceding day helping hang bunting all the way up the High Street, I hoped the rain would hold off and not make our attempts to decorate the village in vain!

Banners up and room at the ready, I was very excited to be hosting some great authors at the Festival.  Jill Lewis (aka Jill Walkinton and Alison Lewis) author of Hooray for Knickers, along with their amazing illustrator Deborah Allwright (The Night Pirates) delighted a young audience with their storytelling and make-your-own-knickers activity.

 

Nikki Sheehan delivered two BRILLIANT and inspiring workshops, including a poetry slam (who knew it was possible to get a group of people to write a poem in five minutes?!).

Eve Ainsworth spoke passionately about her books and writing, and the wide range of issues they cover.

And finally, Mr Dilly’s World of Wonder performed two hilarious interactive storytelling sessions to a packed crowd of very excited children – and adults.

All in all it was a great day, with lots of opportunities to chat to children and their parents about the magic of reading – which for me, is what it’s all about. Thank you to all those who participated and brought a little bit of story magic to life!

Lindfield Arts Festival

Taking place in September, the Lindfield Arts Festival has been running for six years. I’m delighted to have been invited to join the committee this year and support the programme with a range of reading and creative writing workshops.

As part of my desire to support and encourage reading for pleasure in the local community, this is the perfect opportunity to get involved in a fantastic event celebrating creativity in all its forms. I am looking forward to announcing shortly some of the participants for 2016, who I am sure will inspire festival goers. Watch this space!

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