Book festival fun

Clavering Primary School pupils with author Steve Cole at the Northern Children's Book Festival gala day.
Clavering Primary School pupils with author Steve Cole at the Northern Children's Book Festival gala day.

PRIMARY school children met popular children’s authors and took part in workshops at an annual book festival.

A group of youngsters from Clavering Primary School, in Hartlepool’s Clavering Road, travelled to Stockton for the Gala Day of the Northern Children’s Book Festival, Europe’s largest book festival for children.

The excited pupils had the chance to learn skills to improve their own writing before meeting authors including Karen McCombie, Sally Nicholls, Vivian French and Steve Barlow.

The youngsters also met up with author Steve Cole, who only recently visited Hartlepool to hold sessions with children from Clavering Primary School and Barnard Grove Primary School.

Neil McAvoy, Clavering Primary School’s deputy headteacher who organised the trip, said: “At Clavering we are passionately committed to reading for pleasure as well as for purpose and our annual trip to the NCBF Gala Day is part of our ongoing Clavering Loves Reading initiative.”

The annual book festival brings together the 12 local authorities in the North-East and is organised through a partnership between all of the library services in the region.

As well as meeting the authors at the event, at Preston Park Museum, the children also got chance to get their books signed.

Mr McAvoy added: “The children had a fantastic day and, hopefully, what they have learnt will help to inspire their creative writing and further develop their passion for reading.”