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Poole Gearing up for CBBC Live Awesome Authors Event

CBBC’s Awesome Authors is coming to Poole giving local children the chance to take part in this exciting event.

Produced by BBC Learning and working with Poole Libraries, the event which will take place at Hamworthy Library, Blandford Road, Poole on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July, aims to get children excited about reading, creative writing and storytelling. The event runs from 10am until 5pm both days and is free to attend.

CBBC presenter Marcus Bronzy will be joined by authors David Solomons and Martin Brown. Martin is the illustrator for Horrible Histories and will be showing how to create characters and drawing examples of his work.

David will talk about how he went from being a screenwriter to a children’s author, why it’s important that children start reading and writing from a young age and how to develop a character and add humour to a story.

Children can go along to learn how to create a killer sports headline or learn more about illustration as they practice drawing a ‘selfie-portrait’. Fans of the fantasy series Wolfblood will be able to practice their storytelling skills and create their own scenes for the drama online.

There’s a Danger Mouse Detective Trail, where children can help Danger Mouse to stop the Dastardly Baron Greenback from destroying the world’s supply of books.

There’s also a chance for visitors to get their own list of book recommendations based on all the things they like, thanks to the Summer Reading Challenge, who are on hand with their ‘Book Sorter’.

The event is suitable for children aged up to the age of 12 and they must be accompanied by an adult.

Cllr Mohan Iyengar, Cabinet Member for Libraries, Borough of Poole, said: “We’re proud to host CBBC in Hamworthy Library – and to offer our children a fun weekend of reading, creative writing and story-telling. Authors and illustrators from national TV will be there, and it’s all free.”

Helen Foulkes Creative Director, BBC Learning, said: “BBC Learning is delighted to bring CBBC Awesome Authors to Poole. We will be providing hands-on activities themed on children's favourite shows with the aim of inspiring more young people to pick up books and start reading for pleasure.”

CBBC Live takes place this year in Birmingham, whilst similar events are taking place at libraries in Belfast, Edinburgh and the Vale of Glamorgan as well as the Poole event. Over the weekend, Katie Thistleton will be live on air in CBBC HQ, linking to the each of the Awesome Author events.