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During the summer holidays if you visit The Core you will see Book Benches on display as part of The Big Read, the follow up project to 'The Big Hoot' project that took place in Birmingham last year. The Core is one of two Solihull venues who are taking part in the project as it spreads further afield throughout the region.

Benches will be on display throughout the building designed by local schools and inspired by books, comics, poems and prose,a s well as The Core's own specially commissioned bench by artist Milan Topalovic. Last year Milan was the winner of 'The big Hoot - Favourite Owl Design' poll carried out by the Birmingham Mail.

Not only will you be able to see the finished Book Bench but Milan Topalovic will be in residence, dsigning and painting our Book Bench in the Courtyard Gallery between Tuesday 31st May - Monday 20th June. Come and see Milan at work and share your own ideas with him during this time. There will also be templates of the Book Bench where you could create your own design.

During the Summer holidays, there will be a host of activities going on at The Core alongside The Big Read Book Benches from story telling, arts and craft workshops, the The Big Read Challenge.

For more information visit www.thebigread.org.uk

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