Children's author Mark Powers visits Weaver Hall Museum as part of Junior LitFest event

28 June 2018

Pupils from Charles Darwin Community Primary School visited Weaver Hall Museum for an action packed day of creative writing as part of Northwich LitFest. 

They met popular children’s author Mark Powers who writes the ‘Spy Toys’ novels, a Toy Story meets James Bond series. 

Mark gave an engaging talk on his love of writing, read excerpts from the series and answered questions. Pupils also created their own short stories to win signed copies of his latest book ‘Spy Toys Undercover’, which sees The Spy Toys disguise themselves as regular school pupils to investigate the disappearance of the world's most famous chocolate factory. 

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing said: “This is a wonderful example of partnership working taking place at Weaver Hall Museum. The day would not have been able to take place without the support of Northwich LitFest , staff from the Library service, West Cheshire Museums and Charles Darwin School. Thanks to Mark Powers for visiting the museum and providing inspiration to the next generation of writers.” 

Mark Powers said: “Weaver Hall Museum made the ideal venue to run my creative writing workshops. The children came up with some wonderfully inventive ideas and it wouldn't surprise me if, in a few years’ time, the next JK Rowling or David Walliams came from Northwich.”

During the day, pupils also worked with Museum staff to make clay figures and miniature stage scenes. They used these to create their own stop motion animation during a digital story telling session with visiting staff from Northwich Library.  

Northwich LitFest is an annual month long programme of events organised by author Susi Osborne. Now in its seventh year the festival has grown to feature 17 events across several venues ranging from local history talks to plays. This is the first year to feature a junior event.

Mark Powers with Isaac and Lottie
Mark Powers with Isaac and Lottie 

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