Maidstone’s Lockmeadow is set to welcome local author Gianna Pollero to the entertainment complex as part of Maidstory.
The local author is well known for her popular children’s book series Monster Doughnuts and will be at Lockmeadow as part of the Maidstory town centre summer promotion events. This one – aimed at 7-10 year olds, is free of charge and will see Gianna Pollero give a reading from her book in Love Food @ Lockmeadow on Wednesday 31 August at 10.30am.
One of Maidstone Borough Council’s (MBC) priorities is a Thriving Place, and events like this one at Lockmeadow reflect that as does Maidstory which is part of a Free Family Summer of Fun promotion with businesses and organisations across town coming together to create a wonderful storytelling book-themed summer to keep the family busy, and reading, during the holidays.
For the first lucky 20 guests who register on Eventbrite to meet Gianna at Lockmeadow there will be a free mini monster doughnut to enjoy baked by Love Food’s very own Flour Power.
MBC Lead Cabinet Member for Leisure and Arts, Cllr Claudine Russell said: “It’s great to know that MBC and Lockmeadow are supporting the brilliant Maidstory events. This one is not only a lovely idea but it also showcases a young local author and a local independent baker. How fantastic that reading and food can be combined into a fun event for children and it’s free. We would however like to assure our event guests – unlike in the book, that their doughnuts will not be exploding!”
The Monster Doughnut series follows the secret life of ten-year-old Grace who likes doughnuts and cakes as much as the next kid – but they are also her secret weapon. Grace is a monster hunter who owns a bakery – and everyone knows how much monsters LOVE any kind of sweet treat! Just don’t tell them about the secret exploding baking powder inside the doughnuts and the cookies!
Lockmeadow has been hosting free storytelling at their parent and toddler groups every Wednesday in August and is also taking part in THE BIG BOOK HUNT trail throughout the town where families can find storybook clues and click a QR code to enter a competition.
Maidstory is brought to you by:
One Maidstone BID, Maidstone Borough Council, The Mall, Fremlin Walk, The Royal Star Arcade, Hazlitt Theatre, Lockmeadow Entertainment Centre, Maidstone Library and Maidstone Museum.
Gianna Pollero – Children’s Author
Gianna is the author of the funny, adventure-filled Monster Doughnuts series for children aged 7-10.
The first book in the series was published in April 2021 and the second, Cyclops on a Mission, in January 2022. The third book, Beastly Breakout, landed in bookshops in July 2022. She is currently working on a number of new projects.
Gianna was born and raised in Kent and currently lives in Maidstone with her son, daughter and collection of pets. She originally trained as a journalist but has spent the last twenty (plus) years working in communications roles for a number of public sector organisations.