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EXEtreme Imagination for children in Exeter

  • Date: 15 October 2010
  • Area: South West
children on bus with books

EXEtreme Imagination. Credit: Jim Wileman

EXEtreme Imagination is Exeter's festival of literature for children and young people, produced by the University of Exeter and taking place from 1 to 7 November.

Students from St James' school have helped to select a programme for young people which has a high calibre line up of authors, poets and comedy writers. Celebrity writers taking part include Michael Rosen alongside the absurdly fun Homemade Orchestra, best selling author John O'Farrell, John Hegley's alliterated alphabet of animals, and Bel Mooney's magical tale about her rescue dog. There is the chance to spend time with national treasures such as actress and author Floella Benjamin and the former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo. For children who like to get involved there are also lots of free activities including printing and animation.

There will be an opportunity to experience a magical tour of the orchestra and to join in with singing 'Double Trouble' from the film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Other events include the awards ceremony for the Riptide Short Story Competition Prize at Exeter Central Library, readathons at Waterstone's bookshops and free storytelling sessions for pre-school children.

The event, happening up at University of Exeter, Double Elephant Print Studio, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter Northcott. and other partner venues throughout the city, promises to be a high point of the Autumn Festival, entrancing young readers aged from 5 to16.