Date: 
Friday, February 3, 2017 - 16:15

Rebecca Cobb, a top children's illustrator based in Cornwall, is one of the star attractions at the Eden Project's StoryFest this half-term (Feb 11 to 19).

StoryFest is Eden's celebration of the wonderful world of children's books and takes place just after the release of The Everywhere Bear, Rebecca's latest collaboration with celebrated former Children's Laureate and author of The Gruffalo Julia Donaldson.

Rebecca will be giving Eden visitors a live demonstration of her illustration and an insight into her creative process. They will also have the opportunity to explore Eden on a special trail themed around The Everywhere Bear.

Rebecca is a critically-acclaimed illustrator and author who lives in Falmouth and is a graduate of Falmouth College of Art.

She said: "I'm very excited to be taking part in StoryFest at the Eden Project, it promises to be a wonderful celebration of children's literature and illustration with a great line-up of guests and speakers. Cornwall is a very creative place and I hope to help inspire the next generation of writers and illustrators."

The Everywhere Bear follows Julia and Rebecca's collaboration The Paper Dolls, which has sold over 200,000 copies worldwide and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenway Medal. The Everywhere Bear is due to be released on Thursday February 9.

Rebecca won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize in 2013 for her warm and witty book Lunchtime.

She is joined at StoryFest by the Imagination Seekers, a mischievous and inventive theatrical experience inspired by the works of Roald Dahl. They will be performing every day during the event.

The Imagination Seekers develop both creative and literacy skills through performance, games and creative play, while exploring Roald Dahl's extraordinary stories, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG and The Twits along the way.

Other special guests from the world of literature include John Dougherty, author of children's book series Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face, and Martin Brown, illustrator of the first Horrible Histories books.

Paper Nations, the creative writing hub for young people, will be bringing their Dare to Write workshops to Eden for StoryFest.

Dare to Write aims to get the creative juices flowing with writing prompts, challenges and ideas. The adventure begins when you pick up your pen and start to tell your own story.

Visitors can take part in interactive story sessions with Eden’s narrators, contribute to the big book exchange, and get hands-on with craft workshops and games.

Martin Brown will be appearing at 1pm on Monday February 13 and Tuesday February 14, Rebecca Cobb at 1pm on Wednesday February 15 and John Dougherty at 1pm on Friday February 17.

The Imagination Seekers will be appearing at 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm and 4pm every day during Story Fest. Relaxed performances for children with autism and sensory or communication needs who may prefer a more informal experience will be staged at 10am on Sunday 12 February and Friday 17 February. Prebooking for this is available at www.edenproject.com.

All activities are included in the standard Eden admission price.

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