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Hours of family fun at this year’s festival: storytelling, drawing, comic making, podcast adventures and more!

By richmondlit, Oct 26 2016 12:30PM

Consider your November entertainment sorted with a series of special weekend events for families as part of this year’s 25th anniversary Richmond upon Thames Literature Festival.


Calling all history fans!


Discover life in the Tudor Court with historian Lucy Worsley who will be introducing her first novel for children Eliza Rose, which explores the fascinating story of Katherine Howard and life at Henry VIII’s court through the eyes of maid of honour Eliza Rose. Expect costumes, trivia and all manner of behind the scenes information on life as Tudor.


Suitable for ages 11+

5 November 11am, Duke Street Church, Richmond


Podcast Workshop


Be part of an innovative podcasting workshop with spoken word artist Polarbear, uncovering the exciting hidden history of Orleans House and creating an original podcast inspired by the 19th century library, its lost books and the characters that might have used it.


Suitable for children 7+ years and their families

26 November 2pm, Orleans House Gallery


Make your own comic workshop


Join illustrator Gary Northfield as he guides you through making your very own comics about the weirdest and most wonderful things. Gary Northfield has been writing and drawing comics since 2002. He is most famous for 'Derek the Sheep' – a comic strip that appeared in The Beano and his work in The Phoenix. Gary has also created comics for National Geographic Kids magazine, The Dandy, Horrible Histories magazine and Julius Zebra.


Suitable for ages 6-12 years

12 November 2-3pm & 4-5pm Orleans House Gallery


Flying Lemurs!


Little ones will LOVE hearing about the leaping, jumping, bouncing circus performing lemur family from Zehra Hicks’ new picture book Flying Lemurs. Join Zehra for storytelling and create your own family of Lemur finger puppets to take home.


Suitable for ages 4 – 7 years

6 November 2.30pm, Kew Library


Axel Scheffler & friends


We are excited to have Axel Scheffler involved in two of our events this year: writer Alessandro Gallenzi will read from Carlo Collodi’s The Adventures of Pipì the Pink Monkey as Axel brings to life the story by drawing some of the episodes as well as some of his most loved children’s characters. Collodi’s tale of an extremely mischievous pink monkey is the follow up to children’s classic Pinocchio and is packed with the same wit and inventiveness as that iconic fable.


Both Alessandro and Axel will be happy to answer questions and sign books after the event.


Suitable for ages 6+

19 November 11am, Orleans House Gallery


Axel will also be reading and drawing from Zog and the Flying Doctors and his other bestselling books. This sequel to the bestselling Zog finds Flying Doctors, Princess Pearl and Sir Gadabout, racing around the kingdom courtesy of their trusty ‘air ambulance’, aka Zog the dragon. After each session there will be a book signing – limited to one book per child.


Suitable for ages 3-7 years

27 November 2pm, 3.30pm & 5pm


Roald Dahl & The Gruffalo music workshops


We are also running 2 free family music workshops as part of The Streets - a dynamic music and performance project which serves as a catalyst for urban regeneration through creative cultural events.


Saturday 19th November, Twickenham Library


10-10.45am: The Gruffalo Themed Family Music Workshop

Suitable for toddlers with accompanying parents/carers


2.30-3.15pm: Roald Dahl Themed Family Music Workshop

Suitable for children ages 5-6 with accompanying parents/carer


FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO http://www.richmondliterature.com/whats-on/4579207124/FAMILIES


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