Bath Festival names Almond as guest artistic director

Author David Almond has been appointed guest artistic director for next September's  Telegraph Bath Festival of Children's Literature.

Almond succeeds John and Gill McLay, founders of the festival and artistic directors from 2007-2012.

Almond said: "This great festival celebrates the fact that children's literature sits right at the heart of our culture. It's a real thrill and honour to be asked to be guest director."

Bath Festivals chief executive Belinda Kidd said: "It is a pleasure and a privilege to welcome David Almond to Bath as guest artistic director. My team and I are very much looking forward to working with him and bringing a new look to our much loved Children's Festival."