Eight days in to the Literature festival, visitors may be blase about the sight of a world famous star strolling about.
But not Joey the war horse.
The lifesize puppet, worked by three actors from the National Theatre is the star of War Horse and was appearing to promote a new edition of the children’s classic by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by the designer of the play, Rae Smith.
As festival staff, visitors and children all stood by and took pictures, the horse twitched its tail, brayed and even reared on two legs.
Author Michael Morpurgo said: “The effect on these children is incredible. It shows the feeling we have for horses as fellow sentient creatures.I say it’s a horse not a puppet because its so much more than a puppet. It’s great to see the children with Joey.”