Monday, 14 September 2009

A Feast of Books

A galaxy of children's authors will be helping Pembrokeshire youngsters celebrate reading and books next month.

Bernard Ashley, Shoo Rayner and Sioned Lleinau will be attending a special Children's Book Fiesta at Haverfordwest Library on Saturday October 3rd.

As well as story telling there will be workshops and demonstrations quizzes and competitions throughout the day.

Organised by Pembrokeshire County Council, the Book Fiesta marks National Children's Book Week - October 5th to 11 - by celebrating the joy of reading for pleasure.

Councillor Rob Lewis, Cabinet Member for Cultural Services, said the simple pleasure of reading a good book could not be overrated.

"A good book can take you on an imaginative journey every bit as exciting as a film or computer game and is still the major gateway into knowledge and education," he said.

At the Book Fiesta Bernard Ashley, who specialises in gritty writing for older youngsters, will be reading excerpts from his books including his new book for teenagers, No Way to Go.

Meanwhile younger readers can enjoy the work of Shoo Rayner who will be telling tales from his many works including How the Camel Got His Hump, Vorg World and The Pumpkin Man.

Others taking part include Sioned Lleinau who writes for Welsh readers, story teller and mask maker David Pitt aka The Crowman and book illustrator, Teresa Jenellen.

The Children's Book Fiesta is open to youngsters of all ages, although under eights must be accompanies by a parent or guardian.

Booking is not necessary - and it is absolutely free. Registration starts at 10am and the day ends at 4pm. Lunch is provided.

Photograph: Pictured at last year's Book Fiesta with Pembrokeshire-based author Atinuke are Yasemin and Ayse Ozdemir from Haverfordwest


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