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Laureate launches festival.

SOME of the most popular children's authors in the UK will be booking into Brum as the Young Readers' Festival begins today.

Children's Laureate lau·re·ate  
1. Worthy of the greatest honor or distinction: "The nation's pediatrician laureate is preparing to lay down his black bag" James Traub.

 Michael Rosen will launch the festival with his one-man show.

The poet has written more than 100 books, including We're Going on a Bear Hunt.

Novelist Malorie Blackman Malorie Blackman (born February 1962) is an award-winning British author of literature and television drama for children and young adults. She has used science fiction to explore social and ethical issues.  will bring the festival - organised by Birmingham City Council - to a close on May 30. She will be introducing Double Cross, the fourth book in her Noughts & Crosses sequence.

Other highlights include a "Book Bash" in Centenary Square Centenary Square is a public square on Broad Street in central Birmingham, England, named in celebration of the centenary of Birmingham achieving city status (in 1889).  for the bank holiday weekend.

For more information on the festival get a copy of the Young Readers programme from Birmingham libraries or visit www.birmingham.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:May 16, 2009
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