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Giant mechanical hippo heralds start of Hull's children's literature festival

A giant mechanical hippo has made its way through Hull today to celebrate the launch of the city's upcoming children's literature festival, the Big Malarkey.

A giant mechanical hippo has made its way through Hull today to celebrate the launch of the city's upcoming children's literature festival, the Big Malarkey. Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The striking hippo caught the eye of shoppers as it was paraded through the city centre earlier.

It came as tickets went on sale and organisers revealed the lineup of authors and illustrators who will be at the third annual festival in East Park at the end of June.

  • Ellen Bianchini Festival director
  • Calvin Innes Illustrator