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Michael Rosen’s The Big Write

3-11 March 2016


We've got an amazing festival lined up for you with some of the UK's authors, illustrators, musicicans and of course our Story Builders. 

Booking for A Great Big Cuddle with Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell at Stratford Library and '20 Yucky Years' of Horrible Science with Tony De Saulles at Stratford Picturehouse is now available online. For all other events please call 020 8536 5555 Mon-Fri 10am-5pm to book.

Saturday 5 March:

A Great Big Cuddle with Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell
11am, Stratford Library E15 1EL (book through Discover), £4, ages 3-6

The Big Write curator Michael Rosen joins Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell to celebrate their first picture book together, A Great Big Cuddle. Listen with delight as Michael performs poems from the book and watch in awe as Chris draws live on stage.
Book online: www.discoverstory.eventbrite.com

The Groove Baby Organ Trio
11.40am & 1.40pm, ages 0-5

Groove Baby presents grown-up concerts your baby can groove to. For The Big Write Festival, the Groove Baby Organ Trio has created a soul-jazz and boogaloo adventure inspired by some of Michael Rosen's best loved stories and poems.

Author Event: Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Did P.E. in his Pants – A.F. Harrold
11.30am, Age 6+

Roll up! Roll Up! Find out more about the brilliant Fizzlebert Stump in a lively and entertaining workshop from author and performance poet A.F. Harrold. A.F. Harrold is the owner of many books, a handful of hats, a few good ideas and one beard.

Author Event: Boris, Doris and Friends - Sam Lloyd
1.00pm, Age 3+

Join Sam Lloyd, puppeteer Amy, and their monster mates for a journey of puppetry and stories. Boris, Doris and friends will be with author and illustrator Sam Lloyd to help tell their own stories, from the monster who won’t calm down to the one who won’t speak up! You will also get a chance to make your own monster mask and become one of the gang.

Book signing with Michael Rosen
2.30pm, All ages

Come and meet the curator of this year’s Big Write and get your favourite books signed by him.

Author Event: Werewolf Club Rules - Joseph Coelho
3.00pm, Age 5+

Performance Poet Joe Coelho (CBeebies’ The Rhyme Rocket) reveals the mysterious rules of the Werewolf Club, how to look like a rainbow, and how to fold up your gran!

Sunday 6 March:

Author Event: Mother’s Day Out - Paul Lyalls
11:30am, Age 4+

Meet acclaimed poet Paul Lyalls for a funny and moving poetry show in which the audience also get to write a brilliant poem about their mum.

Musical Workshop with Winston Nzinga
11.40am & 1.40pm, Ages 2-5
Meet Winston Nzinga for a workshop and performance that combines a blend of traditional and contemporary dance rhythms from Africa and his native Jamaica. His drumming and percussion workshops are extremely lively, motivating and captivating.

Author Event: Steampunk Pirates - Gareth P. Jones
1.00pm, Age 5+
Set sail on a fantastic adventure with the Steampunk Pirates, the robotic and chaotic heroes of award-winning author Gareth P. Jones’ hilarious book series.

‘20 Yucky Years’ of Horrible Science with Tony De Saulles
1:30pm, Stratford East Picturehouse E15 1BX (book through Discover) £4, age 5+
Celebrate ‘20 Yucky Years’ of Horrible Science with the illustrator Tony De Saulles in his horribly scientific and hilarious event crammed with live drawing. Now a major TV series, Horrible Science has never been bigger. It’s science with the squishy bits left in!
Book online: www.discoverstory.eventbrite.com

Welcome to the World of Harper with Cerrie Burnell
2.45pm, Age 6+
Children's TV presenter Cerrie Burnell talks about her wonderful new series following the adventures of Harper and her scarlet umbrella. Told with Cerrie's trademark beauty and wonder, prepare to be whisked away to a very magical world of stories.

Fun DMC with Charlie Dark: The Daytime Block Party for Kids and Parents
3.30pm, Age 3+
Dress up and get moving to child-friendly hip hop, funk, disco and block party anthems hosted by parent and music maestro Charlie Dark. Whether you’re the proud parent of a Lil Wayne, a Missy Elliot or a whole crew of Beastie Boys and Wee Papa Girls Rappers, this is the jam for you and yours.

All day drop-in

3-6 and 8-11 March
Toddler event: Rhythm and Rhymes
Weekday events: 12pm & 2:30pm
Weekend events: 12:30pm, 2.00pm & 3:45pm, ages 2-5

Join our Story Builders for this special Story Trail that will get you moving, dancing and blowing bubbles.

3-6 March
Meet Maisy
All ages
Celebrate 25 years of Maisy's adventures by joining her for exciting activities on the Story Trail.

10 & 11 March
Meet Kipper
All ages

Come and meet one of your favourite characters on the Story Trail. 

Please book for the above events by phone only: call 020 8536 5555 Mon-Fri 10am-5pm. 

The Big Write Prices:
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March

Adult: £6.00 (concession £5.50)
Child: £5.50 (concession £5)
One year olds: £1.50
Family of four: £21.00 (Additional Child: £1.50)
Children under 12 Months: Free
Discover Annual Pass Holders: Adult: £3 Child: £2.50
Includes admission to the Story Trail and Story Garden.

Events at Stratford Library and Stratford East Picturehouse: (Does not include entry to Discover) £4