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New Waterstones Children's Laureate, Lauren Child to headline Loogabarooga 2017

Newly-appointed Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child will be headlining this year’s Loogabarooga Festival of Children’s Illustrated Literature in Loughborough from 18-24 October 2017.

Lauren Child is a multi-award-winning, bestselling writer and artist, and is the creator of the famous Charlie and Lola, and Clarice Bean characters. She was crowned as the 10th Waterstones Children’s Laureate in June 2017 to champion children and reading nationwide.

Lauren will be appearing in her own show at Loogabarooga 2017 to talk about the ‘stories behind the stories’ and there will also be a rare chance to see a selection of original work, specially picked by Lauren Child from her private collection in ‘The Art of Lauren Child – Adventures with Charlie and Lola and friends’ exhibition at Charnwood Museum.

The Loogabarooga Festival is for families who love books and illustrated literature. This year, it will include new book trails, free creative drop-in workshops, storytelling sessions, a comic fair, and advice on how to write and illustrate your own book. There will also be appearances from some of the nation’s favourite children’s authors and illustrators.

The unique, hand-painted Book Benches will also return, featuring cover artwork from some of the nation’s favourite Ladybird children’s stories including Shopping with Mother, Cinderella and Bunnikins Picnic Party. This year will also see a Lauren Child Clarice Bean book bench, on loan from the National Literacy Trust for the duration of the festival. The benches will be located throughout the town centre.

More details of the programme will be published in July 2017 on Facebook at www.facebook.com/loogabarooga, on Twitter @loogabarooga17 or on the website at www.loogabarooga.com

Lauren Child commented: ““I'm thrilled to be taking part in Loogabarooga this year and to be having an exhibition at Charnwood Museum. I'm really looking forward to meeting everyone at the festival."

Chris Traill, Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods and Community Wellbeing at Charnwood Borough Council, said: “This year marks the third annual Loogabarooga Festival in our wonderful town of Loughborough. We’re delighted to announce the appearance of the award-winning author of Charlie and Lola, Lauren Child, appearing here for the first time.

“Lauren’s talk and exhibition are just two of the many highlights at Loogabarooga 2017. We’re also supporting new talent through workshops and have lots of great interactive authors and illustrators, events and workshops to ignite and inspire young imaginations.”

The Loogabarooga Festival will be organised by Leicestershire Promotions and Charnwood Borough Council, in partnership with Leicestershire County Council and supported by Love Loughborough.

Loughborough has had a long association with children’s literature since the very first Ladybird book was produced by a jobbing printer called Wills & Hepworth in the town during the First World War. Ladybird books were printed at Angel Yard in Loughborough from 1915-1973 and the first Loogabarooga Festival in 2015 coincided with Ladybird Books’ centenary.