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Lavenham Children's Book Festival transformed for digital format due to coronavirus outbreak




Drawing dragons, listening to stories and taking part in dinosaur quizzes are just a few of the things in store for this year’s Lavenham Children’s Book Festival, which will open in an online format on Monday.

The original festival was set to take place in October, but, due to the coronavirus outbreak, has been turned into a digital offering, called Bookworms’ Bonanza.

Committee member Widget Finn said: “It was partly down to the lovely line up of authors, artists and musicians we have this year.

Lavenham: Children's book festival goes online.The Lavenham Children's Book Festival will be held online this year, Widget Finn, one of the members of the festival's board has said she hopes it will inspire more children into reading and as it is online it could become a global event.Widget with one of the children's books - the chairman of the festival committee Susan Burton (right) Picture by Mark Westley. (38529071)
Lavenham: Children's book festival goes online.The Lavenham Children's Book Festival will be held online this year, Widget Finn, one of the members of the festival's board has said she hopes it will inspire more children into reading and as it is online it could become a global event.Widget with one of the children's books - the chairman of the festival committee Susan Burton (right) Picture by Mark Westley. (38529071)

“We spoke to them all about the idea of putting it online and they have been very generous in giving us material, some even exclusively, to drive the idea.”

Aimed at children aged between three and 12, the website will include authors Zeb Soanes, Robert Starling and this year’s chief speaker, Michael Morpurgo, reading their books.

Alongside these, the site will also feature drawing videos for visitors to follow along with, revolting recipes from This Cookbook is Gross and a guide on how to make a loo roll model of Gaspard the Fox.

Lavenham: Children's book festival goes online.The Lavenham Children's Book Festival will be held online this year, Widget Finn, one of the members of the festival's board has said she hopes it will inspire more children into reading and as it is online it could become a global event.Widget with one of the children's books - the chairman of the festival committee Susan Burton (right) Picture by Mark Westley. (38529072)
Lavenham: Children's book festival goes online.The Lavenham Children's Book Festival will be held online this year, Widget Finn, one of the members of the festival's board has said she hopes it will inspire more children into reading and as it is online it could become a global event.Widget with one of the children's books - the chairman of the festival committee Susan Burton (right) Picture by Mark Westley. (38529072)

Widget hopes the mix of different activities will inspire children to continue to flick through pages.

She said: “I think for all children, reading is a wonderful door to all sorts of excitement and magic.

“The children’s book market has also got more exciting with so many more wonderful books on offer, so we hope this festival will get children picking up the real thing.”

Lavenham: Children's book festival goes online.The Lavenham Children's Book Festival will be held online this year, Widget Finn, one of the members of the festival's board has said she hopes it will inspire more children into reading and as it is online it could become a global event.Widget with one of the children's books - the chairman of the festival committee Susan Burton (right) Picture by Mark Westley. (38529073)
Lavenham: Children's book festival goes online.The Lavenham Children's Book Festival will be held online this year, Widget Finn, one of the members of the festival's board has said she hopes it will inspire more children into reading and as it is online it could become a global event.Widget with one of the children's books - the chairman of the festival committee Susan Burton (right) Picture by Mark Westley. (38529073)

To discover more on the book festival, go to www.lavenhamliteraryfestival.co.uk.


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