Popular Humdinger! Festival returns

The Humdinger! Children’s Story Festival, now in its third year, returns to Derry later this month.

As always, it will feature a series of family-friendly events designed to inspire a love of reading and spark the imaginations of the little bookworms in the city.

The Humdinger! Children's Book Festival is back for its third year.

The Humdinger! Children's Book Festival is back for its third year.

On Friday 27th and Saturday 28th March the festival will “take over The Guildhall and declare it a HUMDINGER! Zone.”

The headliners this year are David O’Doherty and Chris Judge, bringing their hilariously silly ‘Danger is Everywhere’ event, which was a huge hit at the Edinburgh Book Festival.

Families can enjoy a wide range of interactive events including readings, performances, book signings and arts & crafts. Humdinger! will also feature well-loved artists including Nick Sharratt, Guy Bass and Clive McFarland and there’s sure to be something to suit the most discerning young readers.

Humdinger! is organised by local children’s media company Dog Ears, working in partnership with Booktrust NI and Libraries NI.

Claire McDermott, Festival Director, Humdinger! Story Festival, said, “We are absolutely delighted to be able to bring Humdinger! to Derry-Londonderry for the third year running.

“Each year the festival is getting bigger and better and we gratefully acknowledge the continued support and assistance of The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Derry City Council, Booktrust, Save the Children and Libraries NI.”

Damian Smyth, Head of Literature, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented, “It is often the first stories we read that stay with us forever, firing the imagination and enticing a new generation of readers into the world of creativity and discovery.

“We are delighted to be able to support this fantastic event, which will give local children the opportunity to meet the people responsible for bringing some of their favourite characters to life and a valuable insight into their creative process”.

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