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Prizes for Beeline's Biggest Fans

Ten lucky winners who attended the University of Worcester’s Beeline Children’s Storytelling Festival last year have received special prizes.

School pupils, who entered a prize draw last year at the end of the largest children’s storytelling festival in the Midlands, gathered together for an evening of celebration at the children’s library in The Hive, a joint initiative between the University of Worcester and Worcestershire County Council.

Prizes included signed books by some best-selling children’s authors, including Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Morris Gleitzman and Michael Rosen, who all entertained thousands of children from Worcestershire and Herefordshire at the event last year.

One of the winners is now also the lucky owner of a Tom Gates illustration by Liz Pichon, author of the series. Winners’ families, friends and teachers attended the event, providing the opportunity for the keenest Beeline fans to visit The Hive and explore the rich collection of children’s literature.

Steve Boffy, Beeline’s Festival manager, said: “The enthusiasm in the event was amazing. All children were on board with us for the next festival in October. We were glad to hear that they loved the events they attended and can’t wait to see what we have in line for this year.”

The event was one of the first to mark the start of the Festival this year. The award-winning author Kevin Crossley-Holland will meet students of the University of Worcester on Wednesday, April 10 before he comes back in October as part of the eighth year of the Festival.

The month-long event includes a host of story-telling, music, puppetry, theatre and workshops aimed at engaging children in stories and literature. More public events will be announced throughout the year.