Mon 6 November

Sally Nicholls and Catherine Barter

cathering Barter and Sally Nichols author profile shot

Catherine Barter photo by Georgie Lord

1.30pm-3pm (Approx 45 mins + Q&A + signing)
Manor Park CNC
Year 9+
Author Event
Free

Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winner Sally Nicholls and debut novelist Catherine Barter introduce their new YA novels Things A Bright Girl Can Do and Troublemakers in this insightful event exploring activism, freedom and rebellion in the East End of London from the turn of the 20th Century to the present day.

This event is now SOLD OUT.

Jeremy Strong

jeremy strong author profile shot

Photo by Justine Stoddart

1.30pm-3pm (Approx 45 mins + Q&A + signing)
Stratford Library
Years 1-4
Author Event
Free

Dive into Jeremy Strong’s latest story, My Brother’s Famous Bottom Makes a Splash. Nicholas is on holiday in Turkey! But with Cheese and Tomato rampaging with tortoises, lifeguards having to rescue Dad, and Mum setting the hotel sprinklers off with her belly-dancing, relaxation is not on the cards!

To book onto this author event, please email wordfestival@discover.org.uk, or call
020 8536 5555.

Tues 7 November

Polarbear

Polarbear profile shot

1.30-3.30pm (Approx 45 mins + Q&A + Signing)
Beckton Globe Library
Year 9+
Performance
Free

Steven Camden aka Polarbear is one of the most respected spoken word artists in the UK. In his unique performances, language and rhyme patterns from his Hip-Hop roots combine with the day-to-day sentiment of a man trying to figure things out.

This event is now SOLD OUT

Katherine Woodfine

Katherine Woodfine author profile shot

1.30pm-3pm (Approx 45 mins + Q&A + signing)
Manor Park CNC
Years 4-6
Author Event
SOLD OUT

Enter into a world of bonbons, hats, perfumes and mysteries around every corner as Katherine Woodfine invites you into her Sinclair Mysteries. Expect shocks, surprises and cunning disguises, and maybe even get a glimpse into the thrilling conclusion to the series.

This event is now SOLD OUT.

Wed 8 November

Luna Loves Library Day with Joseph Coehlo

Joseph Coehlo Author profile shot

1.30pm-3pm (Approx 45 mins + Q&A + signing)
Green Street Library
Reception – Year 2
Author Event
Free

Joseph Coelho is a performance poet, children’s author, playwright and winner of the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education Poetry Award 2015, as well as a guest poet on CBeebies Rhyme Rocket. Join Joseph for a fantastic event celebrating his new book, which is all about the magic you can discover amongst the shelves of your local library.

This event is now SOLD OUT.

Wimpy Kid Show

Recognizable Wimpy Kid logo

1.30pm-2.30pm
Stratford Library
Years 3-6
Performance
Free

Host Alastair Watson brings the Diary of a Wimpy Kid to life with activities including ‘The Wimpy Kid Draw-Along’ and the ‘Wimp Wars! Quiz’. There will also be video clips of Jeff Kinney talking about the books, his involvement in the films and how he draws the Wimpy Kid characters.

This event is now SOLD OUT.

A Skinful of Shadows with Frances Hardinge

Francis Hardinge author with hat on

Photo by David Levenson

1.30-3pm (Approx 45 mins + Q&A + Signing)
Forest Gate CNC
Year 7+
Author Event
Free

Costa Award-winning author Frances Hardinge introduces her new novel, A Skinful of Shadows. Following on from the success of The Lie Tree, this highly-anticipated book explores family, secrets and a mysterious spirit world, in a haunting and atmospheric story of a young girl’s quest to shape her own destiny.

To book onto this author event, please email wordfestival@discover.org.uk, or call 020 8536 5555.

Thurs 9 November

Alex T. Smith – Introducing Mr Penguin

Alex T Smith with dog

10.30am
Beckton Globe Library
Years 1-3
Author and Illustrator Event
Free

Join Alex T.Smith, bestselling author/illustrator of Claude, as he introduces Mr. Penguin – a detective and Professional Adventurer with a difference. It’s Indiana Jones meets Hercule Poirot! Alex will give TOP SECRET drawing tips and fill you in on Claude’s latest adventures too.

This event is now SOLD OUT.

A Book of Feelings with Salvatore Rubbino

Salvatore Rubbino

1.30pm-3pm (Approx 45 mins + Q&A + signing)
North Woolwich Library
Years 2-4
Author and Illustrator Event
Free

Join author and illustrator Salvatore Rubbino as he reads from and talks about A Book of Feelings. Brother and sister Sam and Kate know what makes them happy: cuddling Mum, reading a story with Dad, swimming, running and dancing…lots of things. But they don’t feel happy all the time (nor does Fuzzy Bean, their dog), and in the course of the book we see them feeling grumpy, embarrassed, shy, nervous, frightened, sad and jealous. This is a warm, gentle book for young children who sometimes struggle to express what they’re feeling.

To book onto this author event, please email wordfestival@discover.org.uk, or call 020 8536 5555.

Grave Matter with Juno Dawson and Alex T. Smith

Juno Dawson and Alex T

Juno Dawson photo by Sophia Spring

1.30pm-3pm (Approx 45 mins + Q&A + signing)
Custom House and Canning Town CNC
Year 9+
Author and Illustrator Event
Free

Grave Matter is a chilling, contemporary ghost story of love that reaches beyond the grave. Juno Dawson weaves a compelling tale of love, obsession and dark magic accompanied by Alex T. Smith’s stunning black and white illustrations in the finest Gothic tradition.

To book onto this author event, please email wordfestival@discover.org.uk, or call 020 8536 5555.

Fri 10 November

Bob, Man on the Moon with Simon Bartram

Lunar Adventures book jacket

10:30am
Forest Gate CNC
Years 1-3
Author and Illustrator Event
Free

Bob is everyone’s favourite astronaut whose job is to look after the moon. He keeps it clean, entertains passing space tourists and gives guided tours. Join Simon Bartram celebrating the 15th anniversary of the much-loved Man on the Moon with readings from Bob and Barry’s Lunar Adventures and live drawing.

To book onto this event, please email wordfestival@discover.org.uk, or call 020 8536 5555.

Three Cheers for Women! With Marcia Williams

Marcia Williams black and white

1.30pm (Approx 45 mins + Q&A + Signing)
Custom House and Canning Town CNC
Years 1-3
Author Event
Free

Join Marcia Williams as she celebrates incredible women throughout history. From writers to warriors and astronauts to activists, discover their awesome stories and be amazed by their achievements. Featuring Cleopatra, Boudicca, Joan of Arc, Elizabeth I, Mary Wollstonecraft, Jane Austen and Malala, and packed with facts, quotes and jokes.

To book onto this author event, please email wordfestival@discover.org.uk, or call 020 8536 5555.

The Invincible Tony Spears with Neal Layton

Neal Layton with illustrations

1.30pm
Stratford Library
Years 1-3
Author and Illustrator Event
Free

Ground control to future astronauts! Bestselling and multi-award winning illustrator and author Neal Layton will be talking about his life-long interest in space, reading excerpts from his latest chapter book The Invincible Tony Spears and The Brilliant Blob and doing live illustrations. Get your space helmets ready!

To book onto this event, please email wordfestival@discover.org.uk, or call 020 8536 5555.

Mon 13 November

SF Said

SF Said with two books

1.30-3pm (Approx 45 mins + Q&A + Signing)
Beckton Globe Library
Years 5-8
Author Event
Free

SF Said‘s first book, Varjak Paw, won the Nestlé Smarties Prize for Children’s Literature. The sequel, The Outlaw Varjak Paw, won the BBC Blue Peter Book of the Year. Expect thrilling adventures, singing stars and a race through space as SF Said explores the topics from his bestselling novels.

This event is now SOLD OUT.

Overcoming Expectation (YA Panel)

Katherine Webber, Patrice Lawrence, Will Hill photos

1.30pm (Approx 45 mins + Q&A + Signing)
Stratford Library
Year 9+
Panel Event
Free

Join Young Adult Literature greats Patrice Lawrence (Orangeboy, Indigo Donut), Will Hill (After the Fire) and Katherine Webber (Wing Jones) for a panel event discussing how the characters in their novels have defied and overcome expectations.

To book onto this event, please email wordfestival@discover.org.uk, or call 020 8536 5555.

Tues 14 November

Steven Lenton

Steven Lenton black and white

1.30-3pm (Approx 45 mins + Q&A + Signing)
Custom House Library
Years 1-3
Author and Illustrator Event
Free

Stanley the Zookeeper seems to have misplaced Fred, an awfully large Panda. We’re seeking volunteers to come and help Stanley find Fred in this fantastic new picture book by artist Steven Lenton, the illustrator of Shifty McGifty and Princess Daisy.

To book onto this author event, please email wordfestival@discover.org.uk, or call 020 8536 5555.

Wed 15 November

Jamila Gavin

Jamila Gavin profile

1.30-3pm (Approx 45 mins + Q&A + Signing)
East Ham CNC
Years 6-7
Author Event
Free

Jamila Gavin was born in the foothills of the Himalayas and moved to London at the age of eleven. Her first book, The Magic Orange Tree was published in 1979, and since then she has gone on to win wide acclaim for her short stories and novels for children aged 6-16.

To book onto this author event, please email wordfestival@discover.org.uk, or call 020 8536 5555.

Word Festival Read-athon

All Different All Equal

Schools across Newham are invited to celebrate reading on Wednesday 15th November, by taking part in the Word Festival Read-a-thon. Join Discover Children’s Story Centre and West Ham United Foundation to explore this year’s theme, All Different, All Equal, as part of National Anti-Bullying Week.

Thurs 16 November

Blade and Bone with Catherine Johnson

Catherine Johnson profile

1.30-3pm (Approx 45 mins + Q&A + Signing)
Plaistow Library
Years 7-9
Author Event
Free

Enter Revolutionary Paris in Catherine Johnson’s sequel to her award-winning historical novel Sawbones. Ezra McAdam must rescue his friend Loveday Finch and her charge Mahmoud, the Ottoman prince, who have been caught up in the Revolution. Finding them proves harder than he imagined: Paris really is the most dangerous place on earth.

To book onto this author event, please email wordfestival@discover.org.uk, or call 020 8536 5555.

Fri 17 November

Sita Brahmachari

Sita Brahmachari profile

Photo by Martin Levenson

10.30am (Approx 45 mins + Q&A + signing)
Forest Gate CNC
Years 6-7
Author Event
Free

Sita Brahmachari‘s debut novel Artichoke Hearts won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2011. Her latest book, Tender Earth, focuses on the transition from primary to secondary school, as well as the importance of family and local community.

To book onto this author event, please email wordfestival@discover.org.uk, or call 020 8536 5555.

Birds Crossing Borders

Voices from London book jacket

10.30am
Stratford Library
KS2
Free

During the Newham Word Festival, Stratford Library is hosting Voices from London, an exhibition of postcards to Calais, stories of Calais Jungle residents and photos by refugees and asylum seekers who are currently living in the UK. At this event, pupils will learn more about the Calais Jungle refugee camp, the lives of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and will get a chance to reflect on the stories and images they hear and see.

This event has been programmed by UEL.

To book onto this event, please email Aura at UEL aura.lounasmaa@uel.ac.uk or call 020 8223 4229.

Birds Crossing Borders

Voices from London book jacket

1.30pm
Stratford Library
KS3
Free

During the Newham Word Festival, Stratford Library is hosting Voices from London, an exhibition of postcards to Calais, stories of Calais Jungle residents and photos by refugees and asylum seekers who are currently living in the UK. At this event, pupils will learn more about the Calais Jungle refugee camp, the lives of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and will get a chance to reflect on the stories and images they hear and see.

This event has been programmed by UEL.

To book onto this event, please email Aura at UEL aura.lounasmaa@uel.ac.uk or call 020 8223 4229.