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Ali Sparkes joins the Bournemouth Writing Festival line-up with interactive charity book reading

Performance in aid of the Dorset Children’s Foundation includes special guests and surprises!


Best-selling children’s author and presenter Ali Sparkes leads a dazzling event full of fun, music and surprises at the Bournemouth Writing Festival.


Taking place at the Palace Court Theatre, twice-winner of the Blue Peter book awards, Ali Sparkes will perform We’re Going on a Bear Hunt written by Michael Rosen & illustrated by Helen Oxenbury as well as her own book My Sister is a Dog.


Classical violinist Joan Martinez will put on a special ‘animal-themed’ performance, designed to get the kids involved with the show. Children are encouraged to bring their own animal books and teddy bears to the performance.


The event is in aid of the Dorset Children’s Foundation – an independent local charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with disabilities living within our community – with ticket proceeds being donated to help Dorset children.


The high-energy show will be the culmination of the Bournemouth Writing Festival’s children’s events – which include author readings, creative writing workshops and a free sculpture trail around the town centre.


Festival co-founders Dominic Wong and Ildiko SpinFisher said, “The ethos of the Bournemouth Writing Festival is to inspire writers to write, regardless of if they are a complete beginner, published, old or young. This exciting event will spark the imagination of children and get them reading and writing.”


Ali Sparkes said, “As a children's author, there is nothing quite like the experience of meeting and engaging young readers. This fun-filled event will get the kids on their feet and hopefully inspire them to chase their own writing dreams.”


Patsy Hallmey, co-founder of The Dorset Children’s Foundation said, “We are delighted to be the charity partner for this incredibly interactive event. It's a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of the work that we do and to ensure that we are able to continue supporting seriously ill and disabled children in Dorset. We're extremely grateful to the organisers and everyone involved in helping to make this happen.”


Ali Sparkes’ interactive readings will be at 4:30pm on Sunday 23rd April at Art University Bournemouth’s Palace Court Theatre on Upper Hinton Road. Tickets are £7 per person or £25 for a family of four with proceeds going directly to the Dorset Children’s Foundation. There are no booking fees.

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