October 23 2014 Latest news:
Saturday, March 15, 2014
It was all fantasyland and fairytales in Dereham today as the Breckland Book Festival took on a magical twist.
Youngsters were treated to a special reading from children’s author Caryl Hart at the town centre library as part of the month-long event.
The third annual festival has brought a diverse programme of literary, poetry and story-telling events to libraries in Dereham, Attleborough, Watton, Thetford and Swaffham.
Organised by Creative Arts East and funded by Breckland District Council, Saturday’s event brought parents and children aged between four and seven to the interactive session.
Mrs Hart read from her lively picture books, including the award-winning The Princess and the Peas, The Princess and the Presents and Whiffy Wilson, and delighted youngsters.
She said: “Bringing children in to a library and exposing them to them to books is really important.
“A library is a key community space.”
The festival is supported by the independent book shop the Book Hive in Norwich.
Henry Layte, owner of the shop, was at the reading with his children and praised Breckland Council for funding the event.