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Children book their place for Author Week

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Leicester Tigers have welcomed more than 4,000 primary school children to Welford Road as part of Author Week.

Pupils from across Leicester joined top children’s writers including Bali Rai, author of City of Ghosts, and John Dougherty, who wrote Finn MacCool and the Giant’s Causeway, for a series of readings, practical workshops and question and answer sessions.

Jill Harold, of Catherine Infants School in Leicester, says her pupils were thrilled at meeting and working with Sarah McIntyre, the author of You Can’t Eat a Princess.

She said: “Our pupils really enjoyed their visit last year, finding it a great experience.

“This year we are going to meet Sarah McIntyre who looks really interesting. The pupils have been finding out information about her from her website and are really excited to meet her. They already love her book!”

Author Week includes World Book Day and forms part of a city-wide initative called Whatever It Takes, which promotes reading in primary schools. It is supported by city libraries, Tigers and Roving Books.

Bill Morris, Whatever it Takes chairman and director of Education Improvement Partnership, adds: “Each year the authors we invite are of the highest quality and the response we have from schools is just sensational.

“Pupils leave the event buzzing with excitement and on a mission to read other books the author has written. This is a fantastic achievement!”

Several new authors have also been invited to take part in the event, including Sarwat Chadda, author of Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress, and Conrad Mason, who wrote The Demon Watch.

More information is available at www.whatever-it-takes.org.uk or contact Ellen Lee on 0116 299 5940.