Another Journey for the Welsh Books Council

Welsh Books Council

Another Journey for the Welsh Books Council - 09 March 2016

Following the very successful @LlyfrDaFabBooks  Author Tour, organised by the Welsh Books Council, to north Wales last year, when Meleri Wyn James, author of the popular  Na, Nel!  series, visited 10 schools and met 500 pupils, the Council is organising another tour – this time to schools and libraries in the north-east. The popular children's author, Dan Anthony, will visit six locations on 16, 17 and 18 March and the pupils are eagerly awaiting his arrival.

Pupils from Bryn Tabor, Bodhyfryd, Madras and Maes y Mynydd schools will benefit greatly from meeting Dan Anthony, who is well known for the Steve's Dreams series, which includes his new book  Steve and the Singing Pirates, and The Rugby Zombies triology. The visit will continue in both Llangollen and Rhuthun libraries.

"Having an author visit a school and talk to the children is a golden opportunity for the pupils," explained the tour's organiser, Sharon Owen from the Books Council. "Every child is familiar with holding a book, reading it and returning it to the shelf, but not many get the opportunity to meet an author in the flesh. It's a special experience and we hope it will encourage the children to read after the author has left."

The Welsh Books Council recently held an Author Show in Cardigan Castle with authors such as Caryl Lewis and Huw Aaron entertaining 600 children from 15 schools in the vicinity. Since these events are so popular with children and adults, the Council will continue with its programme of events. Both schemes, the Author Tour and Author Show, are part of the Council's wider programme to promote books for children and young adults using their Facebook and Twitter @LlyfrDaFabBooks accounts, which offer a focal point to the excitement as well as updates on the latest activities.

Elwyn Jones, Chief Executive of the Welsh Books Council, says that visits and shows such as these encourage children to read and to discuss books with each other: "Events such as the author tours and author shows offer something different to the children and give them a special and memorable experience. The visits are also an opportunity for booksellers and libraries to exhibit the fantastic array of books that are on offer. Our aim is to continue with these visits in order to stimulate interest in children's books."

On Thursday afternoon, 17 March, Ken Skates AM will join the tour to launch the 2016 Catalogue for Children and Young Adults, and to launch the Reading Lists created especially for World Book Day.

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