Half term storytelling party at Lyme’s Pop-Up Kitchen

Author Geoff Baker pictured with his grandchildren

THE new Pop-Up Kitchen in Lyme Regis will host a half term Storytelling Tea Party for children to help promote a child literacy drive.

Lyme grandfathers Geoff Baker and David Austin, authors of the recently-launched Silly Grandads’ reading project, have been invited by Pop-Up Kitchen owner Alethea Mcloughlin to give a “world premiere reading” of their latest children’s stories at the popular Broad Street bistro on Wednesday, October 24 from 4 pm.

Geoff, a former journalist and PR to Beatle Paul McCartney, who devised the international drive aimed at encouraging more grandparents to read to their grandchildren and thus help boost child literacy, will exclusively “perform” two new stories; ‘Darcey And The Moon’ and ‘Silly Grandad & The Sandcastle’.

He and David, who first began the campaign for grandparents to read to children in 2016 by publishing their ‘Sandy The Wonder Pig’ stories, will also be signing copies of their books.

“It’s an honour for us grandpops to pop up at a pop-up,” said Geoff, who is a grandfather to three children, aged one to four.

“Like many people in the town, I’m a huge fan of the variety of fantastic flavours at The Pop-Up Kitchen and I hope that our storytelling may be to the taste of its customers too.

“Dave and I are very grateful to Ali for suggesting a storytelling tea party as the more we can do to help children learn to read and become fascinated by books, the more that those children will benefit.

“Since we re-launched the idea of a child literacy drive last month under the Silly Grandads banner, we have had support from grandparents from across the UK, the USA, Norway, Singapore and Australia.

“Even my ex-boss Paul McCartney is joining the grandads reading to grandchildren campaign, with his own children’s book coming out next year. I’m hoping that his celebrity will bring even more support to a very good cause.”

Check out www.thepopup.kitchen for details on how to book or call/text Ali on 07803 574 548.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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