Portsmouth pupils have the chance to meet author and Blue Peter star Konnie Huq at a special event

PUPILS from Portsmouth will have the chance to meet author and former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq at a special event to promote STEM learning.

Monday, 16th May 2022, 8:15 pm

The TV star will attend a Reading Sparks event at Portsmouth Central Library on May 26, with students from Arundel Court, Ark Ayrton and St John's primary schools invited.

Children will have the opportunity to get their books signed by Konnie and will learn more about Konnie’s Cookie! Book series, which follows a girl’s adventures into science, accessible reads featuring sketches and comic books with hands-on activities for children.

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Konnie Huq will visit Portsmouth on May 26

Karen Napier, chief executive officer of The Reading Agency – that organises the Reading Sparks events – said: ‘Our brilliant Reading Sparks programme is demonstrating the role that reading can play in sparking a passion for science in young people. We are delighted that Konnie Huq is supporting the project and spreading the joy of reading and science to local children in Portsmouth.

‘As we continue our Covid recovery, it’s vital that we continue to support learning and aspiration across the country, and we're thrilled to be working with Konnie to make that happen.’

Patricia Garrett, from the Portsmouth Library Service, added: ‘Portsmouth Library Service is thrilled to be involved in the Reading Sparks project and excited to welcome Konnie Huq to Portsmouth to inspire the children in our city.’

The Reading Sparks project is funded by Arts Council England and Science and Technology Facilities Council and delivered in partnership with public libraries, the British Science Association, and NUSTEM at the University of Northumbria.