The Festival at Hampstead Theatre

The Federation of Children’s Book Groups always likes to support festivals that celebrate children’s literature, and this particular one at Hampstead Theatre, London, aims to invite children of all ages to take part in a variety of events around literature and its links to writing and drama.

The Festival is a three day Drama and Literary Festival from 10-12 February, and has many workshops and events for families and children. Highlights include:

Stories with Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell (Children’s Laureate and guest speaker at FCBG Conference). This is for ages 5-11. Michael Rosen performs a selection of his award-winning poems and stories for a lively event, with live drawing from Chris Riddell.
Friday 10 February, Time: 2pm and 5pm Location: Hampstead’s Main Stage

Storytelling Workshop
For ages 5-7. This falls shortly after National Storytelling Week and is a great way to help build children’s confidence and communication skills. Led by Philippa Francis, better known by her pseudonym K. M. Lockwood.
Sunday 12 February, Time: 10.30am, Location: Hampstead’s Lower Foyer

Illustration Workshop
For ages 8-10. Bringing stories to life with illustration with illustrator Elissa Elwick, who has recently illustrated Philip Ardagh’s picture book Leafy the Pet Leaf. The FCBG is a huge fan of illustrated children’s books, helping children to visualise what’s going on in the story, as well as enhancing it.
Sunday 12 February, Time 2.30pm, Location: Hampstead’s Rehearsal Room

There’s much much more including a Shakespeare session for teenagers, musical theatre and drama, and a dedicated workshop celebrating Harry Potter. Full details and how to buy tickets can be found here.

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