20th June 2018

A vision to encourage school children in Yorkshire to become more involved in reading and literature will become a reality when the first Children’s Literature Festival takes place in Skipton this September.

And thanks to sponsorship by Tennants Auctioneers and Garden Rooms, a special event ahead of the Festival will be coming to Leyburn on 27th September when more than 900 children from 24 local schools will see inspirational children’s author Tom Palmer read extracts from one of his books, followed by a book signing.

More than 60 events will take place at Broughton Hall near Skipton, featuring poetry, story-telling and performance for children of all ages.  The stellar line-up includes Clare Balding OBE, Sir Chris Hoy, Carnegie Medal Winner Tanya Landman, poet Tony Walsh who performed at the One Love Manchester concert, Young Samurai and Bodyguard author Chris Bradford, Ross Welford, Robin Stevens, M.G. Leonard and World Slam Poetry Champion Harry Baker.

The Festival’s organisers, Authors Abroad, aims to create an annual Festival in Yorkshire to rival that of Hay-on-Wye, Bath and Cheltenham where young people can be encouraged to enjoy reading for pleasure. In addition to this, the Festival is raising funds and awareness for the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. This pioneering charity run training programmes in schools helping teachers recognise mental health problems in children and how to address them.  Funds raised from the Festival will go directly back into schools to establish new programmes.

Trevor Wilson from Festival organisers Authors Abroad said “We are aiming to put Yorkshire at the heart of children’s literature and we have been overwhelmed at the positive response to the Festival from authors, celebrities and schools and of course, local businesses such as Tennants and The Garden Rooms who are helping to make the Festival possible”.

Director of Tennants, Alison Tennants said “We are delighted to be providing the venue and funding for Tom Palmer to come to The Garden Rooms to allow local school children to be part of  this fantastic event.  We are very excited to know that so many schools are taking part”.

The Children’s Literary Festival takes place from 28th – 30th September at Broughton Hall Skipton and tickets and more details can be found here

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