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Posted On 2012-10-29 15:10:58 |  Last Update 2012-12-28 16:00:53 |  Read 3719 times | 0 Comments

The North East goes Stitch Head mad as Guy Bass brings his creation to (almost) life at the Juice Festival 2012.

Juice – NewcastleGateshead’s award-winning festival for young people – took place during October half-term. Packed with workshops, shows, art, and music, this year’s festival also welcomed Stripes author Guy Bass, whose brilliant Stitch Head books were chosen as 2012’s Big Juice Read – a project inspiring children throughout the region to pick up a book and enjoy reading.

Armed with a bagful of books, an imaginary rope swing, lots of funny stories and a not-quite-winter jacket (a mistake, it turned out, due to the unexpected snow in Newcastle) Guy travelled to the North East to join the Juice Festival team for a few days of Stitch Head excitement. And here’s what he got up to…

- a whole day of Stitch Head fun and games at Newcastle and Gateshead libraries, featuring performances and Q&As with Guy, followed by loads of awesome Stitch Head activities – pin the eye-patch on Stitch Head, design your own monstrous monster, build and race a pirate ship, dress up as your favourite Stitch Head character (there were mad professors everywhere - terrifying!)

- several school visits in NewcastleGateshead primary schools – Guy entertained children with his hilarious event, and was super-impressed at all the Stitch Head work on display. After reading the books in class over the past couple of weeks, pupils had produced drawings, poems,stories and models, all based on Guy’s books. Amazing!

- lots of long signing queues (and many happy Stitch Head readers!)

- a Stitch Head ‘book-drop’.  Copies of Stitch Head were left all over NewcastleGateshead – in cafés, on the Metro, on park benches, in theatres, shops and leisure centres – for people to find and read, for free! Once the reader has finished the book, they’ll leave it in another public place, for someone else to discover. What a cool idea!

- an impromptu mini-tour of the Quayside (thanks to Jo and Chris at Gateshead Library for this!) and a fantastic evening at the theatre watching another Juice Festival production – I’m Just Saying - which was fab!

Many thanks to the Juice Festival team, the staff at Newcastle and Gateshead libraries, and the teachers at the schools visited by Guy. We hope to bring Stitch Head back to the North East soon!


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