Children's author Paul Dowswell is at Chester Library on Monday, February 17 to talk about his award- winning novel set in the Great War titled Eleven, eleven.

 It tells the story of three young people – William Franklin, aged 16, who pretended to be 18 to join the Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment; 16-year-old Axel Meyer from the Imperial German Army; and Eddie Hertz, who is under 21, and a member of the American Air Service First Pursuit Group - who are thrown together on the last day of the First World War.

Paul will talk about the inspiration and research behind the story, using illustrations and artefacts.

The author grew up in Chester and writes both fiction and non fiction books on historical themes.

The free event during half term holidays on February 17 is at 1.30pm and is suitable for ages 10 to adult and please book by contacting the library on or by ringing 01244 977380.

Cllr Samantha Dixon said: “This event is part of Chester Library’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary this year of the start of the First World War.

“I am sure that Paul’s talk will be very interesting from the viewpoint of the three young combatants and also how an author gets inspiration to create an award-winning story.”