Budding young artist, six year old Amaar Saqib, a pupil at Stoneyholme Primary School, was over the moon to have his entry for the Burnley Literary Festival ‘Design a Character’ competition chosen as the winner.
Amaar was delighted to visit Burnley’s Town Hall last week to meet The Mayor of Burnley, Councillor Howard Baker, to receive his prize, which was £50 worth of children’s books and art materials, kindly donated by Tesco Burnley.
The ‘Design a Character’ children’s competition was launched before the school summer holidays inviting budding young artists to design and name a character who loved books which would help promote the festival’s children’s activities and workshops.
Catherine Price, Burnley Town Centre Manager, said: “We had a great response to the competition and it was difficult choosing a winner, but Amaar’s colourful friendly drawing stood out with the judges, and we loved the name Amaar gave to his character which was Jack Bookay.
"Amaar’s drawing has now been adapted by local cartoonist, Paul Barlow, to create the official cartoon character which will appear on a range of literary festival promotional material. The character’s crown is a key part of the festival programme, with the bright red crown clearing donating the children and family friendly sessions.
Adding: “Amaar will be able to see his drawing on a range of publicity material being used to promote the literary festival, which he and his family are very excited about.”
The Burnley Literary Festival will take place in venues across Burnley Town Centre from Friday 6th October to Monday 9th October 2017, with a great line up of award-winning authors, children’s favourite literary characters, amazing storytellers, and colourful shows which will bring books to life – as well as fun creative workshops, interactive film showings, with something for all the family – remember to look out for Jack Bookay!
For full details of the event and to book tickets visit www.burnleyliteraryfestival.co.uk