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Author inspires ahead of Linton Book Festival

Children's author Joe Criag visits Linton Village College.
Children's author Joe Criag visits Linton Village College.

An award-winning children’s author has paid a visit to Linton Village College as part of a mission to inspire more youngsters to read and write.

Joe Craig, the writer behind the children’s thriller series Jimmy Coates, captured the imaginations of Year 6 and 7 pupils from local primary schools who attended his interactive presentation recently. The visit was funded by Linton Children’s Book Festival, a biennial event which will be held for the sixth time later this year.

During his talk Joe, who has visited hundreds of schools over the last few years, explained how he only wrote books he would like to read himself and invited students to share ideas for stories.

Anna McMahon, coordinator of the book festival, which will run from May 14 to May 22, said Joe had been the perfect choice to get more children interested in reading.

“Linton Children’s Book Festival aims to promote literacy and creativity by giving kids the chance to meet exciting authors, like Joe, who inspire them to read,” she said.

“We want to encourage all children in our community to enjoy the adventure of reading books.”

The festival will feature a series of village events including a ghost walk, muggle quidditch, creative workshops and talks by well-known authors and illustrators at Linton Village College.

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