Lavenham Children's Festival

28th & 29th October 2016

We are proud to announce the first Lavenham Children’s Festival, with lots of exciting activities for youngsters and their families including storytelling and workshops on drawing, writing and illustrating.

But you don't need to be a child or to be bringing children with you to enjoy the festival! There's plenty going on that people of all ages will love.  Take a look at our sessions in the main Village Hall, where there's a chance to meet some great authors, including the UK Children's Laureate and renowned illustrator, Chris Riddell.

Each session is described below - book your tickets and come join in the fun!

We acknowledge with grateful thanks the contributions from our sponsors and supporters without whom the Festival could not go ahead.

Friday 28th October

10.30 a.m.
11.30 a.m.
12.30 p.m.

Each session is 30 minutes

Five-Minutes-PeaceEnjoy Five Minutes' Peace with professional storyteller Vanessa Woolf.

In celebration of the classic picture book’s 30th anniversary, children will delight in this sensory story time with music, singing and fun activities.

Venue: Swan Hotel, High Street, Lavenham

Age: 2-5

Friday 28th October

12 noon - 1 p.m.

Travel to 18th-century Venice with author-illustrator team Kevin Crossley-Holland and Jane Ray and explore stories of the city’s famous orphanage, the Ospedale della Pietà, and its music master Antonio Vivaldi.

A few scribbled notes in a sketchbook made during an afternoon in the Vivaldi Museum in Venice inspired the beautiful Heartsong.

Jane Ray filled her sketchbook with wonderful drawings and this touching story of an abandoned little girl, one of the Ospedale’s orphans, is filled with silence, magic and music.

Venue: Village Hall (Main)

Ages: 6+

Friday 28th October

2.30 - 3.30 p.m.

Storytelling and workshop making a feathered bird

Author and illustrator Jane Ray will chat about how she started making books and her techniques.

In addition to reading from Ahmed and the Feather Girl, Jane demonstrates her drawing skills and shows the children how to make feathered birds to take home.

Venue: Swan Hotel, HIgh Street, Lavenham

Age: 5 upwards

LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS

Friday 28th October

2.30 - 3.30 p.m.

Storytime with Shoo Rayner.

Scaredy Cats.... are you brave enough?

Shoo will be reading and drawing pictures from his book, Scaredy Cats.

Based on classic ghost and horror stories that are written from the cat’s point of view, these funny, scary tales will make your fur stand up on end!

Venue: Village Hall (Main)

Age: 6+

Friday 28th October

3 - 4 p.m.

The Viking Sagas

Highly-rated children’s author Kevin Crossley-Holland talks about his Arthur trilogy and The Viking sagas (Bracelet of Bones and Scramasax).

 

The Arthur trilogy was translated into 25 languages and has sold well over one million copies. Kevin is a poet, historical novelist for children and is a patron of the Society of Storytelling.

Venue: Village Hall (Upper) - please note that this venue is accessible only via a staircase

Ages:  9+

Friday 28th October

4.15 - 5.15 p.m.

Be entertained by author and comedian James Campbell and Boyface

Expect all sorts of silliness from James and prepare to exercise your tummy muscles!

Author of the hilarious Boyface books, James Campbell is also a brilliant stand-up comedian.

He entertains audiences up and down the country, when he's not at home writing and cracking jokes!

Venue: Village Hall (Main)

All ages from 6 upwards

Friday 28th October

4.30 - 5.30 p.m.

Drawing ‘things that fly’ with Shoo Rayner

Learn how to draw insects, jets, birds, bats and dragons with popular author, illustrator and YouTube drawing tutor, Shoo Rayner, in this fun drawing workshop.

Shoo will also read from his books Dragon Gold and Dragon White.

 Venue: Village Hall (Upper) -  please note that this venue is accessible only via a staircase.

All ages 6+

 

Saturday 29th October

10.00 - 11.00 a.m

alex-scarrowA rare opportunity to see author brothers Simon and Alex Scarrow together, in

Alex interviews Simon and Simon interviews Alex!

 

 

The Scarrow brothers will attempt to play interviewer and interviewee and then swap!

Expect revelations and insights that no other interviewer would be able to coax out of these two... and questions about Romans, time travel and scary viruses.

Both will also do a reading.

Venue: Village Hall (Main)

All ages 9+

Saturday 29th October

11.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

Join a Writing Workshop led by Francesca Armour-Chelu.

Suffolk author, Francesca, has written a highly acclaimed action adventure, Fenn Halflin and the FearZero.

In addition to being a writer, Francesca is a librarian and regularly gives talks on how she became a writer as well as running creative writing workshops.

Venue: Village Hall (Upper) - please note that this venue is accessible only via a staircase

All ages from 9

LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS

Saturday 29th October

12.00 - 12.50 p.m.

Learn about dragonsitting with Josh Lacey and Garry Parsons

Josh Lacey and Garry Parsons are the creators of the hilarious Dragonsitter series, which was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

They provide a fun-filled event with live drawing where kids hear how even the simplest of things like dragonsitting can go horribly wrong!

Village Hall (Main)

Ages: 7+

Saturday 29th October

2  - 2.45 p.m.

Fascinating  storytelling and live drawing with Thiago de Moraes

Thiago is the illustrator for The Zoomers' Handbook, with mixed up creatures, such as the gigantic dogephant and the super-fast horsodile!

Thiago’s fun session includes an opportunity for the children to create their very own Zoomer creature!

Venue: Village Hall (Upper) - please note that this venue is accessible only via a staircase

Ages: 4 - 8

LIMITED TO 25 PARTICIPANTS

Saturday 29th October

2.30  - 3.30 p.m.

Gary Northfield will take you back to Roman Times, with Julius Zebra!

Full of Roman facts and drawing tips this event has children laughing out loud as master cartoonist Gary introduces the hilarious world of Julius Zebra. Julius is no ordinary Zebra – he’s a Roman Gladiator!

Venue: Village Hall (Main)

Ages: 6+

Saturday 29th October

3.45  - 4.45 p.m.

Author and illustrator, Emily Hughes is an exciting, energetic and inspiring presenter who will teach children how to draw her ‘Wild’ girl character and other creatures of the woods in this fun-filled illustration workshop.

Paints and crayons will be used -  old clothing or aprons should be worn!

Venue: Village Hall (Upper) - please note that this venue is accessible only via a staircase-

Ages: 5+

LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS

Saturday 29th October

4.30 - 5.30 p.m.

AND, TO CONCLUDE OUR FESTIVAL!

Meet Chris Riddell, the UK Children’s Laureate and ask him anything. On his appointment to the post, Chris proclaimed his intention to show everyone how much fun you can have with a pencil. He will be live-drawing the answers to your questions! Come along with your question and Chris will pick his favourites to illustrate. The lucky questioners he picks can take doodle-answers home with them, a unique piece of art from one of our greatest illustrators.

Village Hall (Main)        

All ages from 7