THE VERY first Stockton Book Festival was a huge success after a fun day of activities with a theme of rhymes, crimes and mischief.
On Saturday (15 October), people of all ages gathered at Stockton High Street and Stockton Central Library for the free event from 10am until 4pm.
Highlights of the day included a book-themed specialist market, a treasure hunt and visits from fantastical literary characters.
The event was among the first in the UK to feature live Skype sessions with popular authors and adult crime writer Elizabeth Haynes entertaining the audience via a weblink.
Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “It was a wonderful day and great to see such a variety of ages enjoying the wide range of activities on offer.
“The festival will have encouraged more people in the Borough to read. The line-up was huge and meant there was fun for the whole family.
“One of the most popular activities during the day was when the children got a visit from some of their favourite characters - Tinkerbell, Alice in Wonderland and Horrid Henry.”
The festival also saw the launch of the twentieth edition of Stockton Children’s Book of the Year which will see around 500 children vote for their favourite book from a shortlist.