Loogaba­rooga fes­ti­val is back and set to be a page-turner...

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS - By Liam Cole­man Liam.cole­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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