Young Readers – a year long celebration of books

By on 30/01/2012 in Culture, News

A host of best-selling authors are heading to Birmingham as part of a year-long festival designed to get Birmingham's children reading.

Following successful shorter events in previous years, Young Readers Birmingham has been extended to a 12-month calendar of events and activities to be hosted in libraries, museums and theatres.

The festival was launched by Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Anita Ward, and Curtis Jobling, author of Frankenstein’s Cat and the successful Wereworld series.

Other authors set to visit Birmingham over the next 12 months include:

  • Sufiya Ahmed (Secrets of a Henna Girl)
  • Nicholas Allan (The Queen’s Knickers)
  • Anne Cassidy (Heart Burn and Looking for JJ)
  • Tracey Corderoy (Brave Little Penguin and the Willow Valley series)

A full list of events can be found here:

Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, Cllr Martin Mullaney, said: “Young Readers Birmingham has been a big hit in recent years, so I'm delighted we now have a year-long calendar of events where young people can meet authors, illustrators, poets and storytellers.

“Throughout the year, Birmingham's libraries will promote reading and literacy to children and young people across the city.  Through these free and low cost events, we aim to get everyone inspired and involved.”

Once again this year, the Book Bash at Aston Hall will be the highlight of the Young Readers Festival and the 2012 events (4/5 June) looks set to be the biggest Book Bash yet.

There will be eight marquees packed with entertainment including appearances by top children’s, authors, poets, storytellers and magicians.


For more information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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