Pirates and other performers haul in crowds at Warwickshire libraries

Book Pirates event at Leamington library. Picture by Alan Fletcher.

Book Pirates event at Leamington library. Picture by Alan Fletcher.

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Poets, writers, storytellers, performers and arts organisations helped to bring more than 1,900 people into libraries across Warwickshire during a spring/summer festival.

Thanks to a £49,900 from the Arts Council, the library service ran 74 Fantastic Fun With Words sessions across 17 libraries in the county.

This included the Book Pirates - an original story performed by professional actors and teenage performers, featuring a pirate ship that took the performers around the library for different parts of the show.

And nearly 1,000 pupils from 21 Warwickshire schools went to their local library for author visits - an increase from 2014 when the festival last took place.

Peter Knott, area director at Arts Council England, said: “We’re really pleased our funding has helped to give people across Warwickshire the opportunity to take part in and enjoy artistic activities at their local library.”

County councillor Kam Kaur said: “The libraries’ staff and creative partners put a lot of effort into organising and running these events. The festival’s success is testament to their hard work.”