Loogaba­rooga draws closer

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS - By Megan Cox megan.cox@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

FROM a multi-award win­ning writer and artist, to a cre­ative that will guide you through the rules of ‘worm por­trai­ture’, Loogaba­rooga Fes­ti­val prom­ises an­other year of in­cred­i­ble il­lus­tra­tions and brilliant books.

The chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture fes­ti­val, now in its third year, will see new book trails, free cre­ative drop-in work­shops, sto­ry­telling ses­sions, a comic fair, and ad­vice on how to write and il­lus­trate your own book.

It is to run from Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 18, to Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 24, at a num­ber of venues in­clud­ing Lough­bor­ough Li­brary, Lough­bor­ough Town Hall and Charn­wood Mu­seum.

This year’s fes­ti­val will fea­ture Lau­ren Child, the cre­ator of the fa­mous Char­lie and Lola char­ac­ters, Le­ices­ter-born Dave Shel­ton ‘The Ac­ci­den­tal Au­thor’, and Will Mab­bitt, the brains be­hind ‘I Can Only Draw Worms’.

Chil­dren’s au­thor Colin Granger, from Le­ices­ter, is also to bring his new chil­dren’s play and pic­ture book Oskar’s Amaz­ing Ad­ven­ture to the fes­ti­val - it will be the first time one of his cre­ations has come to his home county.

The Hairy Maclary and Friends Show prom­ises mu­sic, singing and fam­ily fun at Lough­bor­ough Town Hall on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 19.

And, if four-legged friends are your thing, then you’ll be pleased to know a Lough­bor­ough Dog Show will be in Market Place on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 22. Res­i­dents are in­vited to bring their pooches to be in with a chance of win­ning a prize.

The fes­ti­val will also fea­ture a comic fair at Town Hall - a first for the event.

The Loogaba­rooga Fes­ti­val is or­gan­ised by Le­ices­ter­shire Pro­mo­tions and Charn­wood Bor­ough Coun­cil, in part­ner­ship with Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil and sup­ported by Love Lough­bor­ough.

Chris Traill, strate­gic di­rec­tor for neigh­bour­hoods and com­mu­nity well­be­ing at Charn­wood Bor­ough Coun­cil, said: “We all look for­ward to wel­com­ing fam­i­lies to this year’s fan­tas­tic events and join­ing in the read­ing fun!”

Tick­ets for free and paid events can be booked at loogaba­rooga. co.uk

Pic­tured is Lau­ren Child.

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