Schoolchildren design creature feature for literary launch

Woodbridge Primary School children with their life-size paper mache coyote dog. Left to right, Frank

Woodbridge Primary School children with their life-size paper mache coyote dog. Left to right, Frankie Akers, Amelie Dineen, Josh Smith, Samuel Ling. - Credit: Gregg Brown

Creative youngsters lent a hand with preparations for a novel event this weekend.

Emma Hooper, author of Etta and Otto and Russell and James

Emma Hooper, author of Etta and Otto and Russell and James - Credit: Archant

Woodbridge Primary School pupils made an artistic contribution to the launch of debut novelist Emma Hooper’s book, Etta and Otto and Russell and James, in the town on Sunday.

The former UEA student’s book tells the story of an 82-year-old woman’s journey on foot across Canada. Characters include a talking coyote called James – recreated by pupils for the event which begins at the Riverside Theatre at 2.30pm.

It includes waterfront walk, stopping for readings before returning to the Riverside restaurant for hot drinks and cake, a talk and viola performance by the versatile author.

The event is organised by Browser’s Bookshop. Tickets are £20, including refreshments and a copy of the book, and are available on 01394 388890.