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Storytellers Make a Beeline for Worcester

A record number of children will take part in one of the largest children's storytelling festivals in the country this month.

Storytellers, writers and artists will descend on Worcestershire throughout October for a children’s festival organised by the University of Worcester.

Over 3,000 children from 70 schools across Herefordshire and Worcestershire have been invited to take part in the University of Worcester’s annual Beeline Festival, which will feature award-winning writers and performers leading sessions at venues throughout the county.

The month-long event will include a host of music, puppetry, theatre and workshops aimed at engaging children in stories and literature.

Following the success of last year’s ‘family programme’ at The Hive library, the number of public events this year has been increased, including three days of activity during half term.

Organiser Steve Boffy, who works in arts development at the University, said: “We have some top storytellers coming to the city, such as the incredibly popular Knife and Packer from ITV’s Fleabag Monkeyface.

“Then we also have companies such as Birmingham Playhouse, who will be telling stories through the medium of drama. It is a fantastic line up and we are delighted that thousands of children from around the area will take part in the Festival with their schools and families.”

The Festival runs until 31 October.

Detailed information about all public events, including booking options, can be found on the Festival’s website at www.worcester.ac.uk/beeline