Some of the world’s leading children’s and young adult authors are to visit schools around the North East over the next three months in an initiative organised by Blackwell’s University Bookshop in Newcastle with other regional partners.

Leading names like Alex Wheatle, winner of the 2016 Guardian Children’s Fiction award; best-selling American novelist David Baldacci, and Carnegie-medal winner David Almond will each be speaking and signing copies of their work as part of book tours for their new books. Blackwell’s will also be running a pop-up bookshop in each location to support each event.

The schedule begins on Wednesday April 26th when Alex Wheatle visits Northumberland Church of England Academy in Ashington to talk about his new book, Straight Outta Crongton. Over the following two days, he will also be visiting St Hild’s Church of England Academy in Hartlepool, Conyers School in Yarm, Heaton Manor School in Newcastle and Cramlington Learning Village.

Blackwell’s will also be supporting David Baldacci’s UK tour, by running a school session about his Vega series of young adult books at Burnside Business & Enterprise College in Wallsend on Friday May 5th.

On Thursday May 11th M.G. Leonard will be introducing her new book Beetle Queen at a multi-school event at Wallsend Library organised in partnership with North Tyneside Council, before visiting Wellfield Middle School in Whitley Bay later in the day. The following week local children’s author David Almond will be introducing his new book, The Tale of Angelino Brown at a multi-school event at Hartlepool Town Hall, in partnership with Hartlepool Council, and at the Saville Exchange, North Shields in partnership with North Tyneside Council.

A week later Robin Stevens will be talking about the very successful Murder Most Unladylike series at Chantry Middle School, Morpeth; Cramlington Learning Village and, the following day, Friday May 26th, at Newcastle School for Girls.

“We are really excited to be working with partners to bring this group of leading authors to meet students around the region,” explains Mariana Mouzinho, Events & Academic Liaison Manager at Blackwell’s University Bookshop in Newcastle.

“It will give both budding authors out there the chance to ask questions of some of the leaders in the field but, hopefully, will also give students plenty of ideas about what to explore next for their reading pleasure.”

Events are also being planned for June with Emma Carroll, in time for her new publication, Letters from the Lighthouse, and Non Pratt, author of the acclaimed books Trouble and Remix, who is bringing out a new book in June, Truth or Dare.