Harry Potter magic comes to Hucknall

NHUD11-1841-4''Hucknall's John Godber Centre hosted a Book and Craft Fair on Saturday, pictured is children's author Lia Ginno who held a Story Time during the event. Lia is pictured with 11 year old Jack Chance and his sister 13 year old Jessica.
NHUD11-1841-4''Hucknall's John Godber Centre hosted a Book and Craft Fair on Saturday, pictured is children's author Lia Ginno who held a Story Time during the event. Lia is pictured with 11 year old Jack Chance and his sister 13 year old Jessica.

THE author of a book that looks set to be made into an exciting Harry Potter-type Hollywood film appeared at a special event in Hucknall.

Delve Films, based in Los Angeles, has acquired the rights to produce a movie based on ‘The Golden Acorn’, a novel for eight-to-12-year-olds by Catherine Cooper, from Shropshire.

The book, which was the astonishing overall winner of the Brit Writers Award a year ago, has proved a major best-seller.

Catherine displayed copies of the novel, which has been described as an extraordinary magical adventure, at a book and craft fair at the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street.

“The prospect of my story being made into a film is a dream come true,” Catherine told the Dispatch.

A papier-mache model of Camelin, a raven which is a key character in ‘The Golden Acorn’, was shown on Catherine’s stall.

The fair featured a variety of stands where visitors could chat to authors, writers’ groups and local crafters.

The authors present also included Dr Richard Denning, a GP from Sutton Coldfield, who specialises in historical fantasy.

He was accompanied by his father, John (78), wearing the uniform of British soldiers when they fought the Zulus in the famous battle at Rourke’s Drift in South Africa.

Speakers included Maureen Newton, a long-standing member of Hucknall Heritage Society and Ashfield District Council’s local history bursar.

One of the activities for children at the fair was a story hour for under sevens. On the craft side, visitors were invited to make bracelets, create fabric hearts or discover how jewellery can be fashioned from plastic

The enterprising event was run by New Writers UK, whose chairman, John Baird, was the main organiser. Coun Kevin Rostance, a Hucknall Conservative member of Notts County Council, officially opened the fair, which it is hoped to make an annual event.