Avid readers need to be quick off the mark, as tickets are selling quickly for events at the Pageturners festival.
The festival, which is the first of its kind in Calderdale, kicks off on World Book Day, Friday 7 March. There will then be a week full of events in schools, libraries and town halls across Calderdale and Kirklees.
The official launch on Saturday 8 March at Central Library, Halifax is now sold out, as are all of the author sessions in schools and libraries. However, there are still plenty of events available, including the grand finale of the festival at the University of Huddersfield on Saturday 15 March, 10am to 3pm.
A family of five can attend the finale event for the whole day for just £10. This price includes storytelling, street theatre and workshops, with things to make, games to play and songs to sing. Plus, make sure you register at the Student Central building for a free goody bag!
On the same day, children aged 12 years and over can get involved in the Pageturners Plus creative writing workshop at the Hub at Huddersfield Railway Station; an extra special day of writing and illustration guided by three authors, including Henrietta Bond, author of Control Freak. Tickets are £10 (£5 with a passport to leisure) and can be bought online at www.kirklees.gov.uk/townhalls(external link) or by calling 01484 223200. Places are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Steve Sweeney, said:
“I’m delighted, but not surprised that the Pageturners festival has proved so popular. There are some great events happening, and although many are sold out, there is still some availability left for the later events in the festival programme.
“The festival finale will be a great experience for all the family, whether children are being introduced to literature for the first time, or are already regular visitors to Calderdale libraries. I’d encourage people to book early, as demand for other events has been so high.”
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, Cllr Megan Swift, said:
“It’s great news that so many young people across Calderdale are getting involved in the Pageturners festival. The festival provides a fantastic opportunity for children and young people to meet their favourite authors and really immerse themselves in the world of reading.”
For more information visit http://pageturners.hud.ac.uk(external link)