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New children's literary festival launched

16th August 2011

A new children's literary event has been launched to complement the Ways With Words festival, which promotes arts and books that inspire the whole family.

Word Up! is set to take place in South Dulwich between October 22nd and 24th and will primarily target children aged between three and 11, helping to broaden their awareness of the world of literature and the thousands of books available.

Former children's laureate Michael Rosen, a patron of the festival, said children deserve the opportunity to be inspired by books, adding that the event will promote creativity and communication and 'reach into the hearts and minds' of young readers.

'We desperately need this festival to happen so that children who might not otherwise come across live literature get a chance to explore the thoughts, feelings and ideas that come with books,' he added.

The move is part of a national expansion of the Ways With Words festival, which also includes the launch of the Words by the Water event in Keswick, Cumbria, in March next year. 

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