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Cirencester ready to celebrate Children's Book Week


A fantastic line-up of award-winning authors and illustrators will be bringing a great mix of funny new characters and thrilling tales to Cirencester.

Jill Lewis and Deborah Allwright will open the week at Cirencester Library, the fantastic double act behind 'Don't Read This Book' and the brand new 'Hooray For Knickers'. Aimed at children from three to seven years old, the event will be an interactive session including a look at Deborah's illustrator sketch book from where the story developed.

There will be other events during the week that will cater for different age groups, including adults. Author Andy Briggs will share an exciting journey through the world's most amazing gadgets as he invites readers to enter his latest book series, 'Iron Fist (The Inventory)' finishing with a quiz. Local author, Christopher Edge, will be giving a reading of his latest book, 'The Many Worlds of Albie Bright', a heart warming story that tackles some big questions.

For younger children, Jo Empson brings a chimpanzee activity event with a fun 'Show and Tell'. She will get everyone drawing chimps, along with a chimp trail craft activity and book signing.

Older children will delight in welcoming back Lauren St John who opened Octavia's Bookshop in 2011 and appeared at the Festival in 2014. She will be talking about her latest books, 'Operation Rhino' and 'The Glory'.

Funded by the Bingham Library Trust and organised by Gloucestershire Libraries and Octavia's Bookshop, Book Week is now in its fourth year with many of the events being sold out.

Shirley Alexander, Vice-Chairman and Lead Trustee for Collections, Exhibitions and Interpretation said: "The Bingham Library Trust is delighted to sponsor Book Week 2016 as it fulfils so much of Daniel Bingham's philosophy; continuing our commitment to ensuring that his legacy lives on for the benefit of Cirencester."

Cllr Joe Harris, county councillor for Cirencester, said: "Children's Book Week is a fantastic opportunity for families to come along and enjoy loads of different events and books. I hope that everyone enjoys the popular event as there is something for everyone."

Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for libraries, said: "This is another brilliant week that encourages reading and enjoying literature.

"With so many fantastic authors taking part, I hope that it inspires more people to visit their library and enjoy the magical world that reading offers."

The events are split between Cirencester Library and Octavia's Bookshop, with one taking place in the Bingham Art Gallery where Sean Taylor will bring along his trick bag of riddles, stories and rhymes, and his new book, 'Brave Bear'.

Tickets for each event are just £2 with proceeds going back to the Trust. They are available from Cirencester Library and Octavia's Bookshop. The library will be reaching out to disadvantaged children and those suffering from social exclusion so they can also take part.

You can follow news of the events on the Facebook page CirencesterBookWeek and Twitter feed @cirenbookweek.

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