A new “literary trail” to commemorate the late children’s author Sam McBratney will open in Lisburn this spring, with the aim of attracting tourists “from many countries” where his best-selling books were published.
The Belfast-born author’s classic book, Guess How Much I Love You, was published in 1994 and has since been translated into 57 languages and sold over 50 million copies worldwide.
He passed away in 2020 at the age of 77, and plans are underway to celebrate his legacy in Lisburne, where he moved to as a child.
Last year, in honor of World Book Day, Belfast postboxes were decorated with book artwork and quotes from the author by illustrator Anita Jeram.
In 2021, Lisburne and Castlereagh City Council (LCCC) secured Tourism NI funding to create a public arts and literature trail based on classics for children. It will be open to visitors in the coming months, and at her recent LCCC meeting, DUP councilor Sharon Skillen said: completed”.
She added that visitors would come from “many countries around the world.”