The woman who brought Paddington Bear to life will be taking part in a weekend of free cultural and arts events to bring the people of South Shields together.
Sheila Graber, who animated the television series of the much-loved bear, will be taking part in events at The Word.
On Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8, The Word is joining the Fun Palaces revolution and offering a selection of creative workshops aimed at all the family.
The UK-wide initiative which brings culture, arts and science together for communities to enjoy and more than 300 venues will take part.
On Saturday people can drop in from 10am-4pm and join the Junk Orchestra, using junk to make instruments.
And, Sheila will be running two Animate Your Phone workshops, from 1pm to 2pm and 2pm to 3pm, these must be booked in advance.
Learning new skills or just expressing themselves through art, craft and scienceTania Robinson
On Sunday BrickMetro architect Steve Mayes will host a Space Scape Lego build throughout the day.
And, artist and designer Kevin Flett will be holding 3D printing demonstrations.
Advance bookings are being taken for a talk from 1-2pm on Sunday by Prof Bryychan Carey about how early space travel was imagined.
Tania Robinson, Head of Marketing and Culture at South Tyneside Council, said: “We have prepared a busy programme of events with some of the region’s leading artists, and the weekend is all about encouraging people to come out and join their community in learning new skills or just expressing themselves through art, craft and science.”