Look out for unique book benches in Loughborough during Loogabarooga 17

Loughborough will be home to a range of unique, hand-painted book benches again this October when they return to the town for the children’s illustrated literature festival, Loogabarooga 2017.

The book benches will be located across the town centre from 29 September and will feature 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.

As part of this year’s festival, there will be a workshop held on 19 October 2017 at the Centro Lounge in Loughborough to decide the theme of the new bench for Loogabarooga 2018.

There will be a comprehensive programme of events and shows at Loogabarooga 2017, taking place at various venues in Loughborough from 18-24 October. These include Lauren Child with Charlie & Lola and Clarice Bean, The Hairy Maclary and Friends show, Little Howard's Big Show for Kids, the first-ever Loogabarooga Comic Fair and a new Loogabarooga Dog Show.

The Loogabarooga Festival is for families who love books and illustrated literature. This year, it will also include new book trails, storytelling sessions, and advice on how to write and illustrate your own book. There will also be appearances from some local authors and illustrators such as Dave Shelton, Andrew Everett-Stewart and Gemma Denham.

Tickets for all of the Loogabarooga events can be booked online at www.loogabarooga.com

Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child 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.

Sylvia Wright, head of leisure and culture at Charnwood Borough Council, said: “The Loogabarooga benches are a popular feature of the festival and we can’t wait to see them back in Loughborough. Each one tells a story and I hope when people use them they can share their own fascinating tales.

“The Loogabarooga Festival has been incredibly popular since it started in 2015 and we have a fantastic line-up of talented people, shows and entertainment this year.”

The Loogabarooga Festival is organised by Charnwood Borough Council and Leicestershire Promotions 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.