Fam­ily day for book lovers

Central Leader - - NEWS -

The city will be abuzz with lit­tle lit­er­ary lovers as the 20th Sto­ry­lines Free Fam­ily Day gets un­der way on Sun­day.

The fes­ti­val will bring to­gether around 20 chil­dren’s writ­ers and il­lus­tra­tors to cel­e­brate the an­niver­sary, in­clud­ing Ross Kinnard, Mark Som­mer­set and Joy Cow­ley.

In­ter­na­tional guests Rachel Spratt, who pens the pop­u­lar Nanny Pig­gins se­ries, and mu­si­cian John Far­rell will also be tak­ing part in the day.

There will be plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties, com­pe­ti­tions and stalls to keep the whole fam­ily en­ter­tained.

Chil­dren’s pub­lish­ing com­pany Book Is­land will be fea­tur­ing pro­fes­sional sto­ry­teller Emily Duizend.

‘‘At this year’s Book Is­land stand, chil­dren will not only be able to en­gage in crafty ac­tiv­i­ties and com­pe­ti­tions, but will also ex­pe­ri­ence sto­ries be­ing brought to life by Emily’s en­ter­tain­ing and in­ter­ac­tive per­for­mances,’’ Greet Pauwelijn from Book Is­land says.

‘‘Emily will also be singing and telling her own sto­ries at set times.’’

Fes­ti­val-go­ers are en­cour­aged to dress up as their favourite book char­ac­ter to be in to win spot prizes.

The Sto­ry­lines Free Fam­ily Day is on Au­gust 18, 10am to 3pm, at Aotea Cen­tre.

En­ter­tainer: Pro­fes­sional sto­ry­teller Emily Duizend will be on hand to en­ter­tain at the Sto­ry­lines Free Fam­ily Fun Day this week­end.

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