Leading Children's Poet Kicks off Beeline Festival on National Poetry Day

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Leading childrenís poet and writer, Kit Wright, will read and perform a selection of works at a Worcester library, marking National Poetry Day this week.

The visit, on Thursday, October 6th, will kick off the University of Worcesterís Beeline Childrenís Storytelling Festival, which runs throughout the month.

The award-winning writer will work with a group of schoolchildren in the morning before a public event at 4pm, at St Johnís Library. Tickets are available from the Library.

The Beeline Festival will see some of the best authors, storytellers and performers in the business leading sessions at venues throughout Worcester. All of the events are free of charge.

On Saturday, October 8th there will be a professional puppet show at the University, which is open to the public. Journey of Turtle will be performed by Lempen Puppet Theatre Company at 2pm. Tickets are available from the University or from St Johnís Library.

On Monday, October 10th former childrenís laureate Ann Fine will read and perform a selection of stories. The public event will take place at Huntingdon Hall at 6pm and tickets are available from Huntingdon Hall.

The Beeline Festival is an extension of the Universityís popular childrenís storytelling festival, which has been run over the past two years. This year it is being run in partnership with Worcestershire County Councilís library services, along with other venues around Worcester.

The month-long event will include a host of music, puppetry, theatre and workshops aimed at engaging children in stories and literature.

More public events will be announced throughout the month.