Saturday 18 August 2012

Free family fun at Imperial War Museum North...

Bernard Ashley, the author of Little Soldier (one of the books that feature in the Once Upon A Wartime exhibition) will be at the Imperial War Museum North today for a talk and book signing. You could learn what it is like to be a professional writer as he reveals the processes and inspirations that helped him write Little Soldier and his new book Dive Bombing. The talk will be followed by a book signing in the shop.

Little Soldier, published in 1999, follows Kaninda, a young boy who witnesses the shooting of his parents and sister by government troops in his own home in East Africa. After joining the rebel army of his own tribe, Kaninda is rescued by the Red Cross and sent to East London – where he is in danger of getting caught up in further violence.

IWM North are hosting a week-long programme of FREE family activities and events inspired by the book starting with today's talk and book signing.

Younger visitors can also get hands-on during the week and decorate their own pet chameleon
(Kaninda’s pet in the novel) and African animal-inspired keepsakes.

On Friday 24 August, families will also have the opportunity to meet professional illustrator
Karin Littlewood and learn about the techniques she used to create her pictures in The Colour of
Home, as well as having the opportunity to create illustrations of their own.

There is also a regular storytime each day during August at 10.30 am where children can meet a host of charming characters and discover tales of adventure.

See the full calendar of events here...

Bernard Ashley has shared some great story writing tips with us and we have 3 copies of Little Soldier to give away, read more here...

Story writing tips from Bernard Ashley and your chance to win one of  3 copies of Little Soldier...

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