BookBuzz launch day a storybook success

PUBLISHED: 16:31 13 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:32 13 February 2018

Cllr Craske and Head of libraries, heritage and archives, Judith Mitlin with Elmer, Peter Rabbit, the Gruffalo and some fans. Picture: Bexley council

Cllr Craske and Head of libraries, heritage and archives, Judith Mitlin with Elmer, Peter Rabbit, the Gruffalo and some fans. Picture: Bexley council


The newly refurbished Central Library, on Townley Road in Bexleyheath, was packed out this weekend (February 10) when book characters paid a special visit to launch the borough’s first BookBuzz literary festival.

The Gruffalo welcomed vistors. Picture: Bexley councilThe Gruffalo welcomed vistors. Picture: Bexley council

The Gruffalo, Elmer and Peter Rabbit were all on hand to meet and greet children and parents at the event, and free facepainting and circus skills workshops provided entertainment for all.

During the launch, cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure, Cllr Peter Craske, announced ‘Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine’, by Gail Honeyman, as the winner of the Bexley’s Book of the Year 2017, as voted for by library users.

Mayor of Bexley, Cllr Peter Reader and Mayoress Irene Reader were also on hand to welcome the start of the festival.

Cllr Craske said: “It was a real thriller of a day!

“It’s great that so many people came along to say hello to our storybook VIPs.

“It was a brilliant start to the festival and a new chapter in our already fantastic cultural offer across the borough.

Bookings so far have shown us how very popular it is going to be - and just another novel reason to visit our brilliant borough.”

BookBuzz will run up until February 24, and the fun includes a packed programme of free events and activities for all the family.

All over this half term week, there will be a huge variety of exciting activities for children, including “Where’s Wally?” hunts, Harry Potter activities, drama workshops and storytellers.

There will also be a wide range of author events and talks for adults on offer, from ‘The Bewildering Business of Book Covers’ by Martin Davies to ‘The Exploits of Colonel Blood’ by Angus Donald.

Cllr Craske has been visiting libraries to find out more about the festival, and the video of his trip is available on YouTube.

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