When: 18th – 23rd October 2018
Where: Loughborough, Leicestershire
£: Ticket prices vary, depending on the event. Some events are free
What is it?
Loogabarooga, the festival of illustrated children’s literature, returns to Loughborough from Thursday 18th to Tuesday 23rd October, to coincide with 80th anniversary of the Beano comic.
The Loogabarooga Festival takes place at venues around Loughborough with a range of literary events and shows for children and families across six days. This year’s festival will include a Beano-themed exhibition at Charnwood Museum and book benches located around the town centre.
The festival will be celebrating 80 years of the Beano – the longest-running British children’s comic – with a specially commissioned exhibition of comic art and special Beano workshops, including Dennis the Menace and Minnie the Minx, taking place throughout the festival.
In addition, some of the nation’s best-loved authors and illustrators will be offering wacky workshops, splendid stories and live performances, bringing the world of children’s literature to life.
Nine hand-painted book benches have been located throughout the town, featuring some of the nation’s favourite Ladybird titles, including Shopping with Mother, Cinderella and Bunnikins.
Author John Hegley and illustrator Neal Layton will present the tale of Stanley’s Stick live and Clare Elsom, the illustrator of the bestselling Flying Fergus series, will introduce her brand-new series, Horace and Harriet.
Loogabarooga 2018 will also have an extended schools programme, which will see authors and illustrators going into schools, as well as giving schools the opportunity to attend performances and workshops as part of the festival.
More info: www.loogabarooga.com