Children are being invited to make some mischief in August at Bentham, Ingleton and Settle libraries as they host comics writing and drawing workshops led by artist and writer Graham Pearce.
Graham is a Preston-based comic writer and artist best known for his satirical action comedy, Sgt Mike Battle: The Greatest American Hero, and his series of repainted prints. He has loved comics all his life, collecting and writing hundreds as a child. He says: “I’m really looking forward to coming to Bentham, Ingleton and Settle libraries and sharing my love of reading, writing and drawing with young people. The workshops will be great fun and I can’t wait to hear their ideas and see what comic strips they come up with.”
The workshops tie-in with this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which has the theme of Mischief Makers and which celebrates 80 years of The Beano comic. Graham says: “I loved The Beano growing up, so this year’s challenge would have been perfect for me! At the workshops, I’ll be encouraging children to read the six books they need to complete the challenge and collect their amazing rewards.”
The workshops are for children aged seven to 11 and have been subsidised by the community groups that run or support the libraries in North Craven. Linda Brockbank, Chair of Friends of Bentham Library, who funded the Bentham Community Library event, said: “FoBL are really pleased to fund this event for the young people of Bentham, and I hope it will encourage more children to take part in this year’s reading scheme.”
The dates of the workshops are:
- Settle Community Library: Tuesday, 7 August, 2pm, 01609 534535
- Bentham Community Library, Wednesday, 8 August, 10.30am, 01609 534533
- Ingleton Community Library, Wednesday, 8 August, 2pm, 01609 534504