First children’s literary festival hailed a success

Author and illustrator Gary Northfield at Lavenham Children's Literary festival ANL-161031-160817001

Author and illustrator Gary Northfield at Lavenham Children's Literary festival ANL-161031-160817001

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Organisers behind Lavenham’s first ever children’s literary festival have spoken of their delight after around 500 people attended the two-day event.

Meet-the-author sessions, entertainment for pre-school children and workshops relating to writing, drawing and illustrating were held on Friday and Saturday throughout the village as the festival was declared a success.

Author and illustrator Jane Ray at Lavenham Children's Literary festival ANL-161031-160830001

Author and illustrator Jane Ray at Lavenham Children's Literary festival ANL-161031-160830001

The event was organised by the committee behind the Lavenham Literary Festival, which also provided the major funding.

Organising committee spokesman Colin Rockall said everyone was delighted with the turnout and the positive responses from young and old alike.

He added: “The atmosphere was terrific and it was a real pleasure to see so many youngsters engaging with books, writers and illustrators.

“We have already received some great feedback about the array of authors and illustrators on show as well as the workshops and also the overall organisation of the children’s festival.”

The festival was closed with a talk by Chris Riddell, the UK Children’s Laureate, who then invited the younger members of the audience to submit questions, which he answered by creating one of his famous doodles before presenting to the questioner.

Mr Rockall also praised the 30 volunteers for helping to ensure the event was “a great success”.