Children's author Dan Walker is coming back to Burton once again to try to inspire the next generation of young writers.

The Derby-based author will be paying a visit to Waterstones, in Burton’s Coopers Square shopping centre on Saturday, August 19.

Dan will be at Waterstones between noon and 2pm, where he will greet readers and sign his newly launched book, Desert Thieves.

This is the second time in the last couple of months Dan has visited the store, after he presented his debut novel, Sky Thieves to give an exclusive reading in June.

The event sold out last time, as nine to 12-year-olds were given the chance to meet Dan and have their own copy of the book signed by him.

Desert Thieves is a follow-up to Dan's first novel and is a story set in the skies of an imaginary world, with a fast-moving plot and a heroic journey. Main character Zoya DeLarose is smuggled aboard an airship by a gang of sky thieves, and in time the ship becomes her new home.

The visit is part of Dan's countrywide journey to try to "get kids reading again". Since starting to publish stories, Dan has visited schools, libraries and bookshops around Derbyshire and Staffordshire to talk to children about their reading habits.

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