CHILDREN will have the chance to learn how to draw classic characters from the Beano, alongside a host of events from well-known authors and illustrators, as part of the university’s Storytelling Festival’s Family Day.

The event will feature a host of writers and artists, including author, writer and illustrator of the classic comics, Nigel Auchterlounie, and Roald Dahl’s granddaughter, author Sophie Dahl. 

The aim is to celebrate storytelling through readings, puppetry, theatre, dance and workshops and takes place at venues on the University of Worcester’s city campus and at The Hive on Saturday, October 19.

Mr Auchterlounie will be running a drawing masterclass while Ms Dahl will be chatting about her latest book Madame Badobedah.

Meanwhile, theatre company, Mumblecrust, will be giving the first ever performance of its new piece, an adaptation of HG Wells’ The Time Machine which has been reimagined  with the company’s award-winning storytelling, music and puppetry. 

Other highlights include Mortal Engines series author Phillip Reeve, and illustrator, Sarah McIntyre, who will be celebrating their latest book, Kevin’s Great Escape, with story fun, games and live drawing.

Lydia Monks, the illustrator behind Julia Donaldson’s What the Ladybird Heard books, among others, will run an interactive storytelling and illustrative session.

Festival manager, Steve Boffy, said: “There is so much scope for the imagination at this year’s public Family Day, with events that explore a whole range of different genres and methods of storytelling, which promises to be very exciting. 

“The University of Worcester is committed to making a positive impact on the wider community of Worcester and beyond.  

“We hope families will make the most of this great opportunity to see, and in some cases take part in, high quality storytelling, drama and illustration to spark children’s imagination.”

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