WATERSTONES is making it easier for Island children to buy the literature that has inspired them, with a display of books by authors taking part in the Isle of Wight Literary Festival schools’ programme.

The programme was first introduced as part of the youth programme in 2014.

Its aim is to inspire thousands of Island children to read, write, listen and tell stories, by bringing authors, storytellers and performers into a wide range of Island schools over a two-day period.

This year’s programme, taking place tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday (October 11), will reach around 30 schools and 5,000 children and young people.

There are lots of dynamic authors and spoken word performers taking part, including mainland authors Guy Bass, Matt Brown, Kathryn Evans, Kat Francois, Paul Lyalls, Karl Nova, Mo O’Hara, Jane Porter, Robin Price, Ali Sparkes and Steve Webb.

Isle of Wight authors Jules Marriner, Peta Rainford, Debbie Webb, Adam Gaterell, Kathryn Rossati and Sue Bailey will also be taking part.

Local author and programme co-ordinator, Peta Rainford, said: “We know many Island children have been inspired by the authors, and their experience has been further enhanced by buying a book by their writing heroes.

“We are so grateful for Waterstones’ support this year.

"By taking pre-orders and putting on the display, they are making it so much easier for Island children to get hold of books by the real-life authors they’ll meet and work with.”

The display will continue in Waterstones for a week after the event takes place.