We are very excited to have been chosen as the charity partner for a new Children’s Literature Festival taking place in the magnificent surrounds of Broughton Hall, near Skipton in Yorkshire.
The Festival will run from Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 September. On the Thursday and Friday authors will visit local schools; the Family Weekend Festival will take place at Broughton Hall on the Saturday and Sunday.
The aim of the Festival is to make a genuine difference to children’s lives. A key component of the event will be visits by well-known authors to schools in North and West Yorkshire and Lancashire. There are plans for 50 authors and poets to visit 150 schools.
The Festival’s creator and organiser is Trevor Wilson, a highly-successful and much-respected teacher, who now publishes children’s books and organises author visits to schools across the UK and abroad. Trevor says, “I believe that there is a strong link between learning to enjoy reading at a young age and mental wellbeing. The pressure on children today is immense and that takes an inevitable toll on their mental health. With our funding, the Festival will enable the Trust to expand its programme to schools, especially in the Yorkshire region.”
Lady Waller, the Trust’s Head of Fundraising, said, “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as the charity partner for the Children’s Literature Festival. It will provide a unique opportunity for us to raise awareness of our work amongst young people, parents and teachers, and to raise funds to help us develop it.”
Read more about the Festival and its creator on page 17 or our newsletter here.