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There’s a Big Dog in town

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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
There’s a Big Dog in town

TOP authors will be in Dumfries this weekend to share their super stories with young readers.

It’s going to be a brilliant weekend of fun at the 2023 Big DoG children’s festival and Hooked young readers’ and writers’ event in Dumfries.

One of those taking part is Justin Davies, writer of Haarville.

He will be transporting his audience to Haarville and the world of Manx Fearty, a 12-year-old orphan who is about to lose his family’s perpetual device shop to some sinister, suspicious newcomers.

Justin said: “It’s great to be back to doing in-person book festival events again and I’m thrilled to be taking part in this year’s Big DoG festival; I can’t wait to welcome young book fans to the murky, mysterious streets of Haarville.”

Then there’s author and illustrator Ross Collins who will be appearing with author Vivian French for an interactive family event called The Newest Story in the Whole Wide World. They will get together with the audience to create a brand new story, with Ross painting the illustrations right in front of their eyes.

Ross will also be introducing his book There’s a Bear on My Chair.

He said: “I can’t wait to return to my favourite festival! Watch out Big Dog – I’ll be bringing a Big Bear with me.”

Other attractions will be the chance to make your own Gromit, Shaun the Sheep – and other much-loved TV and movie animated characters – at a special workshop run by top Aardman model-maker Jim Parkyn.

There’s a free family garden party in the gardens at Moat Brae from noon on Saturday with storytelling, puppet theatre, music and face painting.

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