Loogabarooga festival is back and set to be a page-turner...
LOOGABAROOGA is back in town this month and some of your little one’s favourite book characters will be appearing at this year’s festival taking place at various venues around Loughborough.
Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child, - who is the creator of popular children’s characters Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean - will headline the festival and will be appearing in her own show to talk about the ‘stories behind the stories.
There will also be a rare chance to see a selection of original work, specially picked by Lauren Child from her private collection in ‘The Art of Lauren Child – Adventures with Charlie and Lola and friends’ exhibition at Charnwood Museum.
The festival will take place from Wednesday, October 18 until Tuesday, October 24 with shows taking place in Charnwood Museum, Loughborough Library, Loughborough Town Hall and a host of other venues.
Other events and shows will include: The Hairy Maclary and Friends show, Little Howard’s Big Show for Kids, the first-ever Loogabarooga Comic Fair and a new Loogabarooga Dog Show.
This year, it will also include new book trails, storytelling sessions, and advice on how to write and illustrate your own book.
There will also be appearances from some local authors and illustrators such as Dave Shelton, Andrew Everett-Stewart and Gemma Denham.
Loughborough has had a long association with children’s literature since the very first Ladybird book was produced by a jobbing printer called Wills & Hepworth in the town during the First World War.
Ladybird books were printed at Angel Yard in Loughborough from 1915- 1973 and the first Loogabarooga Festival in 2015 coincided with Ladybird Books’centenary.
The unique, hand-painted book benches will also return in the town centre, featuring cover artwork from some of the nation’s favourite Ladybird children’s stories including Shopping with Mother, Cinderella and Bunnikins Picnic Party.
Speaking when the full line-up was announced in July, Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan said: “I can’t believe its been three years since the first festival and it has got bigger and better each and every year and I am sure that this year it is going to be just as amazing.
“I personally love the festival, and we all remember the books that we love to read when we are younger, and this festival really celebrates those books and it is great to have it here in Loughborough.”
To book tickets visit www.loogabarooga.com
Pictured is Colin Granger showing children his book. Image courtesy of David Monteith-Hodge.