Wakefield Lit Fest will inspire children to read and write

Illustrator Lynne Chapman will  host storytelling and drawing workshops.
Illustrator Lynne Chapman will host storytelling and drawing workshops.
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Activities aimed at inspiring children to read and write will form part of a city festival.

Wakefield Lit Fest returns for its second year on Saturday, September 21, and will run for 10 days.

The festival, which is being backed by the Express, will include talks, workshops and games at different venues across the city.

And organisers have a range of free family-friendly events planned to keep youngsters entertained.

The first children’s event will be The Rhubarb Ogre and Other Stories at Trinity Walk on the opening day, which will include animation and music.

A Takeover Lit Fest team of students from Cathedral and Hemsworth Arts and Community Academies will show off their work at The Orangery, on Back Lane, on the same day.

Different events will take place at libraries throughout the festival, including storytelling with Susanna Meese, illustrator Lynne Chapman and author Conrad Burkedin.

And to close the festival on Monday, September 30, author Darren Shan will reveal his new series of zombie books.

Yew Tree Youth Theatre will also work with pupils from four city primary schools.

For a full list of events visit www.wakefieldlitfest.org.uk