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Newark Book Festival’s design a mascot competition has created a new character to be seen across the Book Festival’s events




A very hungry bookworm will be making his way around Newark this summer thanks to a little girl’s imagination.

Nearly 200 school children in the Newark area entered Newark Book Festival’s design a mascot competition to create a new character which will be seen across the Book Festival’s events.

The winner of the competition was nine-year-old Lauren Fretwell, from Chuter Ede School’s Balderton site, with her creation of Barry The Bookworm.

FROM left to right: Sara Bullimore, Gareth baker, Clair Robshaw, Mrs Helen Adwick, Chuter Ede's English lead, FRONT runner-up Kobi Kettleborough, 7, and winner Lauren Fretwell, 9. (27821137)
FROM left to right: Sara Bullimore, Gareth baker, Clair Robshaw, Mrs Helen Adwick, Chuter Ede's English lead, FRONT runner-up Kobi Kettleborough, 7, and winner Lauren Fretwell, 9. (27821137)

Lauren said: “Barry is like the Very Hungry Caterpillar, only he eats books as he’s a bookworm.

“I was so excited when I heard I had won. I was really surprised and had a huge smile on my face.”

The two runners-up were Maisy Kujawinski from St Peter’s Cross Keys Church Of England Academy in Farndon, and Kobi Kettleborough, from Chuter Ede’s Fernwood site.

MAISY KAJAWUNSKI, runner up in the design a mascot competition, with author Gareth Baker. (28011565)
MAISY KAJAWUNSKI, runner up in the design a mascot competition, with author Gareth Baker. (28011565)

Newark Book Festival representatives and guest author Gareth Baker attended the two schools on Tuesday to announce the winners and present the prizes to the winning children.

They also gave the pupils the chance to meet Barry the Bookworm in ‘person’, because he has now been crocheted by festival volunteer Karla Griffiths.

Sara Bullimore, artistic director of Newark Book Festival, said: “The children who entered the competition were given a blank canvas to let their imaginations flow, and they certainly created some amazing mascots.

“After receiving over 180 entries, it made choosing a winner very difficult for the festival trustees.”

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