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Lavenham festival goes online for little bookworms




Drawing dragons, listening to stories and doing dinosaur quizzes are just some of the things in store for this year’s Lavenham Children’s Book Festival which will open online tomorrow.

The original festival was set to take place in October but due to Covid-19 the festival’s committee decided to go digital, calling this year’s event Bookworms’ Bonanza!

Widget Finn, a member of the committee, said: “It was partly down to the lovely line up of authors, artists and musicians we have this year.

Widget Finn, left, with chairman of the Lavenham Children’s Book Festival, Susan BurtonPicture: Mark Westley
Widget Finn, left, with chairman of the Lavenham Children’s Book Festival, Susan BurtonPicture: Mark Westley

“We spoke to them all about the idea of putting it online and they have been very generous in giving us material, some even exclusively, to drive the idea.”

Aimed at three to 12-year-olds, the site will include authors such as Zeb Soanes, Robert Starling and this year’s chief speaker, Michael Morpurgo, reading their books.

Alongside those, there are drawing videos to follow, revolting recipes from This Cookbook is Gross and how to make a loo roll model of Gaspard the Fox.

Widget hopes the mix of activities will inspire children to continue to flick through pages.

She said: “I think for all children, reading is a wonderful door to all sorts of excitement and magic.

“The children’s book market has also got more exciting with so many more wonderful books on offer, so we hope this festival will get children picking up the real thing.”

To find out more about the festival, go to www.lavenhamliteraryfestival.co.uk


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