Book benches in place for fes­ti­val...

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS -

NINE unique, hand-painted book benches have been in­stalled in Lough­bor­ough ahead of the chil­dren’s il­lus­trated lit­er­a­ture fes­ti­val, Loogaba­rooga 2017.

The book benches are lo­cated across the town cen­tre and fea­ture cover art­work from some of the na­tion’s favourite La­dy­bird chil­dren’s sto­ries in­clud­ing Shop­ping with Mother, Cin­derella and Bun­nikins Pic­nic Party.

There are two benches in Mar­ket Place, two in Car­il­lon Court, two in Bax­ter Gate and three in Queen’s Park.

This year also sees a Lau­ren Child Clarice Bean book bench on loan from the Na­tional Lit­er­acy Trust for the du­ra­tion of the fes­ti­val - which can be found in Charn­wood Mu­seum.

Sylvia Wright, head of leisure and cul­ture at Charn­wood Bor- ough Coun­cil, said: “The Loogaba­rooga benches are a pop­u­lar fea­ture of the fes­ti­val and we can’t wait to see them back in Lough­bor­ough.

“Each one tells a story and I hope when peo­ple use them they can share their own fas­ci­nat­ing tales.”

Loogaba­rooga 2017, or­gan­ised by Charn­wood Bor­ough Coun­cil and Le­ices­ter­shire Pro­mo­tions in part­ner­ship with Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil and sup­ported by Love Lough­bor­ough, runs from Oc­to­ber 18-24.

Lau­ren Childs, a Water­stones Chil­dren’s Lau­re­ate, will be ap­pear­ing in her own show to talk about the ‘sto­ries be­hind the sto­ries’.

And there will also be a rare chance to see a se­lec­tion of orig­i­nal work in an ex­hi­bi­tion at Charn­wood Mu­seum.

As part of this year’s fes­ti­val, there will be a work­shop held on Oc­to­ber 19 at the Centro Lounge in Lough­bor­ough to de­cide the theme of the new bench for Loogaba­rooga 2018.

Nine unique, hand-painted book benches have been in­stalled in Lough­bor­ough ahead of the chil­dren’s il­lus­trated lit­er­a­ture fes­ti­val, Loogaba­rooga 2017. Pic­tured above is one of the two book benches in Queen’s Park, Lough­bor­ough.

Pic­tured is a new book bench in Queen’s Park, Lough­bor­ough.

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