Children’s festival at Chiswick Book Festival

All sorts of creativity and silliness and the doyen of children’s books – Dame Jaqueline Wilson

Saturday 9 September

There is a fabulous line-up of fun events for children at this year’s Chiswick Book Festival.

Top of the bill is Dame Jacqueline Wilson at 11.30am on Saturday 9 September. The popular author of over 100 books for children and teenagers is an old favourite of the Chiswick Book Festival, a loyal participant since its first year.

Jacqueline will be talking about her book he Best Sleepover in the World, exploring fun and friendship, rivalry, siblings and of course the importance of sleepovers!

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Debra Bertulis: Where Do the Wishes Go?

Debra Bertulis opens the programme on Saturday morning at Chiswick Library with some performance poetry.

Debra will show you how NOT to impersonate your mum one telephone, how to hide a bad haircut and make a witches’ brew for all the family. Wish upon a star, solve riddles, take a trip to Space City and discover your own special thinking place.

Suitable for ages 7-11 years.

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Really Big Pants theatre company: Wonky

At the same time, 10am, the Realy Big Pants theatre company will be performing Wonky at Orchard House School.

Can you help Olive and Messy Jesse save the day as they encounter top chef Monsieur Nincompoop, cool rapper Rapper Scool Yo, and the enigmatic pop star Solar Pa’nelle – as Olive’s so-called best friend Trixie tries to thwart them?

There will be cooking! There will be dancing! There will be rapping! Not all at the same time. A show about being different. Being wonky. Being YOU.

Suitable for ages 6+.

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Archie’s Apple Performance with Hannah Shuckburgh

Next up, at 1pm at Orchard House School,  Hannah Shuckburgh will be performing her new book Archie’s Apple, an enchanting story about a little boy who discovers a new variety of apple and becomes world famous. Based on a true story,

it was described by the FT as ‘sweet, funny and utterly unique’. Stay for an apple-themed art activity.

Suitable for ages 4-9.

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Watch Me Bloom with Krina Patel-Sage

At 2.15pm join author and illustrator Krina Patel-Sage at Orchard House School for poetry readings from My Mindful A to Zen, Watch Me Bloom and Caterpillar Cake.

There will be haiku writing and the chance to make your very own blooming flower crowns! The event will end with a calming mindfulness activity, Q&A and book signing.

Suitable for ages 2 – 10.

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Dianne Hofmeyr: The Most Famous Rhinoceros

Dianne Hofmeyr introduces Genda, The Most Famous Rhinoceros at 3.45pm at Orchard House School.

When the first ever rhinoceros arrives in Europe, the king’s daughter Beatrix expects a unicorn. But no… this is a very different animal that will inspire artists and become the most famous rhinoceros ever. Make your own rhino that one day might be famous.

An interactive and fun storytelling session, with collage and drawing.

Suitable for ages 5-9

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Sunday 10 September

A Dinosaur at the Bus Stop

On Sunday morning CLiPPA Prize poet Kate Wakeling presents A Dinosaur at the Bus Stop – poems to have fun with – at 11.15am at ArtsEd.

Get ready to hear (probably) the fastest poem in the world, solve brain-tickling mini-beast riddles, bob like a robin and hop aboard the friendliest steam train in town.

This playful session encourages children to join in, get creative and feel inspired as Kate performs poems from her beautifully crafted new collection for younger children.

Suitable for ages 5-8

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Out of the Blue with Robert Tregoning

In the afternoon local author and West End star Robert Tregoning unveils his debut picture book for children: Out of the Blue.

Anything that isn’t blue is banned by law. In a world where only one colour is allowed, will our hero be brave enough to tell his dad he loves the colour yellow? And will they be able to change the rules and create a world where every colour is welcome?

With activities, art and craft, join Robert for a very special event about finding the bravery to be yourself and living in all the colours of the rainbow.

Suitable for ages 5-8.

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Story Alive!

At 2.15pm at ArtsEd a west London story come to life. This performance is inspired by a wonderful story written by the young people at West London’s Hogarth Community Centre.

Working together with students from ArtsEd they have made it into a piece of theatre.

Suitable for ages 8-12

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