900 children to come to Leyburn for book read as part of Children’s Literature Festival

Children’s author Tom Palmer.

More than 900 children from schools across North Yorkshire will come to Leyburn to listen to an inspirational author read extracts from one of his books.

The event at the Garden Rooms and Tennants is being held ahead of the first Children’s Literature Festival due to take place in Skipton this September.

The children from 24 schools will see children’s author Tom Palmer read extracts from one of his books, followed by a book signing.

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More than 60 events will take place during the festival at Broughton Hall near Skipton, including poetry, story-telling and performance for children of all ages.

The line-up includes Clare Balding OBE, Sir Chris Hoy, Carnegie Medal Winner Tanya Landman, poet Tony Walsh who performed at the One Love Manchester concert, Young Samurai and Bodyguard author Chris Bradford, Ross Welford, Robin Stevens, M.G. Leonard and World Slam Poetry Champion Harry Baker.

Trevor Wilson, from festival organisers Authors Abroad, said “We are aiming to put Yorkshire at the heart of children’s literature and we have been overwhelmed at the positive response to the Festival from authors, celebrities and schools and of course, local businesses such as Tennants and The Garden Rooms who are helping to make the Festival possible.”

Director of Tennants, Alison Tennant, said “We are delighted to be providing the venue and funding for Tom Palmer to come to The Garden Rooms to allow local school children to be part of this fantastic event. We are very excited to know that so many schools are taking part”.

The Children’s Literary Festival takes place from September 28 to 30 at Broughton Hall Skipton and tickets and more details can be found here childrensliteraturefestival.org.