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Newark Book Festival's Imaginarium offers reading-based fun for youngsters

A day of online events gives youngsters the chance to create, imagine and play in the latest chapter of Newark Book Festival.

Imaginarium will take place on Saturday and features free readings, drama and creative ideas.

Last year’s Newark Book Festival could not go ahead in its traditional format so organisers have been hosting a series of online events throughout the year.

Bunnies On The Bus will be performed as part of the Imaginarium for Newark Book Festival. (44492381)
Bunnies On The Bus will be performed as part of the Imaginarium for Newark Book Festival. (44492381)

Rhubarb Theatre will host two free storytime events during the day.

The first ­will take youngsters on a journey through space in A Place Called Home at 9.30am.

Imagine if everyone travelled around in space ships and we could visit lots of different planets.

Rhubarb Theatre will host a story-telling session, A Place Called Home. (44603943)
Rhubarb Theatre will host a story-telling session, A Place Called Home. (44603943)

From icy worlds, water worlds, woodland worlds with weird and wonderful and wacky creatures, but wait, was that a pirate in space?

The second, at 3pm, is The Ugly Duckling, the retelling of the classic tale with a funny twist.

Poor Ugly Duckling, nobody seemed to want him in the farmyard. He might as well take himself off into the woods… but watch out, there are some dodgy characters about, maybe one or two you might just know.

Award-winning author Philip Ardagh will be reading from his bunny-bursting Bunnies On The Bus picture book, and teaching how to make rabbits from toilet rolls, at 10am.

Illustrator Ben Mantle will also be offering some tips of the trade in a special draw-along session.

Ardagh also plans to read from You Can’t Count On Dinosaurs, illustrated by Elissa Elwick.

The hour-long session is aimed at children aged three to eight.

From 11.30am author Thomas Taylor leads the Gargantis exploration session, aimed at nine and overs.

Join him as he visits Eerie-On-Sea and returns to the Grand Nautilus Hotel with Lost-and-Founder Herbie Lemon and his friend Violet in the sequel to his hit book Malamander.

Join Nottinghamshire-based author Frances Stickley at 1.30pm as she reads her stories, including What Will You Dream Of Tonight? and The Mouse’s Apples.

She will also share activities that families can do at home too and introduce characters from her story bag.

It is suitable for three to eight year olds.

L. D. Lapinski, author of The Strangeworlds Travel Agency, leads a workshop suitable for eight to 12 year olds from 1.45pm.

Create your own magical worlds, and hear LD talking about how she had to come up with more than ten different worlds for the adventures in her books.

Bring paper, and a pen, and your imagination, to explore some magical worlds.

Writer Jenny McLachlan will round off the day by leading youngsters on an adventure based on her book, Return To Roar, at 3pm.

Discover how Jenny created Roar, learn which of the characters you are most like, use magic to make a dragon hatch out of an egg, and make a map of your very own fantasy world.

The session is suitable for those aged eight to 12.

All sessions are free, although donations to Newark Book Festival would be welcomed.

Tickets can be booked online at www.ticketsignite.com

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