Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 15.34.46BOOKWORMS can look forward to a feast of literary fun when a new festival gets under way next month.

Crossing the Tees features a series of inspiring and fun book-based events across the area from June 3 to 20.

The event is being supported by Middlesbrough Libraries in partnership with library services in Stockton, Darlington and Hartlepool.

The fun in Middlesbrough gets under way on Saturday, June 6 with a Jungle Adventure for younger children at Middlesbrough Central Library as part of National Bookstart Week.

Celebrated authors visiting Middlesbrough include romantic comedy writer Milly Johnson on Thursday, June 11 and historic novelist Elizabeth Chadwick on Friday, June 19 plus up-and-coming authors Tim Leach and Lauren Owen on Monday, June 8.

There’s a chance to see thrilling crime plays in Murder in the Ref on Tuesday, June 9 and library favourites History Wardrobe return with their new presentation Fairytale Fashion on Monday, June 15.

There are also chances for budding writers to get involved with a writing workshop with local author Allison Agius and an open mic evening with local poetry and performance night The Black Light Engine Room.

Young writers can also craft their own monstrous tales with Northern Echo editor and children’s author Peter Barron on Saturday, June 20 at the Central Library.

As part of the festival, Teesside Print Group will also be holding a series of free print making drop-in sessions during the May half term holiday.

Families will be able to take prints home with them and also contribute to a printed book or banner in each session.

The sessions take place on:

  • Wednesday, May 27: Thorntree Library in Thorntree Community Hub, Birkdale Road, 10am to 1pm
  • Thursday, May 28: Middlesbrough Central Library, 10am to 1pm
  • Friday, May 29: Acklam Library 10am to 12.30pm.

The full festival line up and booking information can be viewed at www.crossingthetees.org and brochures are available in all libraries and venues across the town.