There are exciting times ahead for the IW Story Festival, as it takes on a brand new identity for 2020.

The community-focused, family-friendly, creative festival event for children and families has evolved from early beginnings in the Youth Zone at the Isle of Wight Literary Festival, over at Northwood House, Cowes, to become the organisers of an independent, two-day Story Festival event, re-located to a venue at the centre of the Island.

The plan is to bring exceptional national and local authors, performers, story tellers and fun activities, all dedicated to the enjoyment of children and family audiences.

Headliners for the inaugural event at the Riverside Centre, Newport Quay, include Winnie the Witch illustrator Korky Paul, and writer and illustrator Nick Sharratt, who’s well-known for his work with Jacqueline Wilson, Julia Donaldson and Jeremy Strong.

Supported by Newport and Carisbrooke Community Council and other sponsors and benefactors, the event will take place over the spring half term, on  February 21-22, between  10.30am and -4pm.

See the website for the exciting programme of low-cost ticketed and free events, at www.iwstoryfestival.com or for more information contact: iwstoryfestival@gmail.com