Words Over Waltham Forest for Kids!

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October 25th to November 17th 2013


This half term and throughout the festival you will find lots of free events and activities for babies, children and young people right on your doorstep. Explore words through drama, dance, sculpture, painting, games, reading and writing. Events for the whole family, even comedy for new Mums and Dads.

Here is a selection of what's on offer.
(Although events are free we advise that you book in advance to secure a place)

PLUS THERE ARE NOW AN EXTRA 500 FREE TICKETS FOR:
An Audience with Carol Ann Duffy, with music by John Sampson.

See 2 Nov below for details - Please note venue change to Walthamstow Assembly Rooms at the Town Hall.

26 Oct

Gifted Expressions - Walthamstow Library
Free your mind and your smile at this creative expression workshop with Gifted Circle Movement, filled with short activities designed to inspire and invigorate your artistic side.
Book your place today at www.giftedexpressions1.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
2pm-4pm

28 Oct

Acting Out - Walthamstow Library
Join us for a drama workshop with a difference! Watch an original short piece by Charelle Nicou and cast, then develop your own skills exploring local issues and experiences through drama. Suitable for ages 11-19 and their families.
Book your place today at www.actingout1.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
2pm-4pm

Happy Hour: creative workshops for parents and children - Hale End Library
It’s 2 for 1 with Happy Hour! Creativity for children and their parents; drama for children aged 8-11 years, while parents take part in a creative writing workshop.
Book your place today at www.happyhour-wow1.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
2.30pm-3.30pm

Lick The Pencil: Children's Creative Writing Workshop
- Higham Hill Library
Learn new ways to create poems and stories, express yourself and describe the world. Play writing games and experiment with different techniques to develop your idea. For ages 7-10.
Book your place today at www.lickthepencil1.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
Step-free access
2pm-3pm

29 Oct

Happy Hour: creative workshops for parents and children - Sidmouth House
It’s 2 for 1 with Happy Hour! Creativity for children and their parents; drama for children aged 8-11 years, while parents take part in a creative writing workshop.
Book your place today at www.happyhour-wow2.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
4.30pm-5.30pm

Rant and Rave - Walthamstow Library
Dress up, act out, laugh, perform and play! Become a character and let loose at this poetry and percussion workshop with author Anne Stairmand. All materials and instruments provided.
Book your place today at www.rantandrave1.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
11.30am-12.30pm

The Library of Untold Stories (Children)
- Leytonstone Library
Inscribe your idea for a book you’ve never written in our Library of Untold Stories - a collective public sculpture made using clay and plaster.
Book your place today at www.untoldstories1.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
2pm - 5pm

30 Oct

Decorate Your Own Book Bag - Walthamstow Library
Professional artists from Inky Cuttlefish Studios will help you to design and decorate a bag with your favourite animal characters, to take home after the session. Just bring along your favourite book!
NOTE: This is a drop in workshop; once session capacity has been reached, participants will need to wait until others have finished their bags before taking part.
Book your place today at www.bagforyourbook.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
11am-1pm

31 Oct

Dancing Your Favourite Book - Lea Bridge Library
It’s fun. It’s exciting. It’s wondrous... and it’s coming to a library near you! Expect physical-theatre warm-up games, creativity and exploration of reading and dancing. All ages and abilities welcome.
Book your place today at www.dancingbook1.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
11am-12.30pm

Dancing Your Favourite Book
- Lea Bridge Library
It’s fun. It’s exciting. It’s wondrous... and it’s coming to a library near you! Expect physical-theatre warm-up games, creativity and exploration of reading and dancing. All ages and abilities welcome.
Book your place today at www.dancingbook2.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
2pm-3.30pm

1 Nov

Lick The Pencil: Young People's 1:1 Creative Writing Surgery - Walthamstow Library
Bring along a poem, story or creative writing problem and get one to one feedback and advice on your work. A 30 minute individual slot with a writer/tutor will be allocated to each person. For ages 7-18.
Book your place today at www.lickthepencil2.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
2pm-5pm

The Library of Untold Stories (Children) - Hale End Library
Inscribe your idea for a book you’ve never written in our Library of Untold Stories - a collective public sculpture made using clay and plaster.
Book your place today at www.untoldstories2.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
2pm - 5pm

Word Song Youth Workshop - Leytonstone Library
Bring your words, favourite music and original compositions. Explore new forms of self-expression with WordSong’s poet and musician and create exciting, new material. For ages 10-18, all abilities.
Book your place today at www.wordsongyouth.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
12pm-3pm (Registration at 11.30am)

2 Nov

An Audience with Carol Ann Duffy, with music by John Sampson.

NOW AN EXTRA 500 FREE TICKETS! - Please note venue change to Walthamstow Assembly Rooms at the Town Hall.

We are delighted to welcome Carol Ann Duffy for an unforgettable evening of poetry and music. Last year she published ‘The Bees’, her first collection since being appointed as Poet Laureate in 2009.

During the evening performance, she will entertain us with a stimulating mix of new work and old favourites, accompanied by virtuoso musical magician, John Sampson who will perform on Crumhorn, Posthorn, Shalmie Pipe, Recorders and Chinese Halusi. Also introducing the first Young Poet Laureate for London

Carol Ann Duffy, CBE, is a multi-award-winning poet, a Professor and Creative Director of the Manchester  Metropolitan University’s Writing School and the UK’s first female Poet Laureate.
Book your place today at www.carolannduffywf.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
7pm-9pm

5 Nov

The Rainbow Room  - Leytonstone Library
Babies aged 0-12months: bring your parents and carers to The Rainbow Room, a lab filled with colour, sound and wonder!
Two scientists introduce you to their latest projects, creating fantastical and playful worlds for very young babies to enjoy and explore.
Book your place today at www.rainbowroom1.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
10am-11am

The Rainbow Room - Walthamstow Library
Book your place today at www.rainbowroom2.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
2pm-3pm

6 Nov

Acting Out - Sidmouth House
Join us for a drama workshop with a difference! Watch an original short piece by Charelle Nicou and cast, then develop your own skills exploring local issues and experiences through drama. Suitable for ages 11-19 and their families.
Book your place today at www.actingout2.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
4.30pm-6.30pm

9 Nov

In the footsteps of John Clare - Suntrap Forest Education Centre
Suntrap, Church Road, High Beach, Loughton IG10 4AJ
Come and enjoy an autumn afternoon of family activities at Waltham Forest's environmental education centre, inspired by Epping Forest and poet John Clare, including a short talk, self-guided activity trail in the forest and arts & crafts.

Drop in activity.
Talk and self guided activity trail free.
£2 per person craft/art activity.
12pm-3pm

Author event: Kate O'Hearn - Wood Street Library
Join Kate for stories of knights, monsters and even some rubber ducks, as she discusses the inspiration for her bestselling novels for children and young people, including her latest title 'Valkyrie'.
Book your place today at www.valkyrie1.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
12.30pm-1.30pm

Author event: Kate O'Hearn - North Chingford Library
Book your place today at www.valkyrie2.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
3.30pm-4.30pm

12 Nov

Happy Hour: creative workshops for parents and children - Leytonstone Library
It’s 2 for 1 with Happy Hour! Creativity for children and their parents; drama for children aged 8-11 years, while parents take part in a creative writing workshop.
Book your place today at www.happyhour-wow3.eventbrite.co.ukk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
4.30pm-5.30pm

The Baby Bubble: Comedy for new mums - Leytonstone Library
A two woman comedy play by new mums for new mums (and dads and carers) combining sketch, songs and stand up; exploring the funny side of sleep deprivation, baby brain and sick in the eyebrow…
Book your place today at www.thebabybubble.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
10am-11am

14 Nov

Meet the author, explore the story! - North Chingford Library
Join children’s author Anne Stairmand to hear her hilariously silly stories, then dress up and act out all your favourite parts!
Book your place today at www.annestairmand.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
4.30pm-5.30pm

15 Nov

Tale Spinning (Families) - Hale End Library
Listen to stories from round the world reflecting the diversity of Waltham Forest’s community. Be ready to participate in the storytelling yourselves…
Book your place today at www.talespinning.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
4pm-5.30pm

16 Nov

Rant and Rave - Leytonstone Library
Dress up, act out, laugh, perform and play! Become a character and let loose at this poetry and percussion workshop with author Anne Stairmand. All materials and instruments provided.
Book your place today at www.rantandrave4.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 8496 3000 or visit a library
3pm-4pm

Throughout the Festival

O My Word - The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA
26 Oct-17 Nov (Daily)
Drop in for 3 weeks of assorted word games, puzzles and writing prompts.
Rediscover the joys of playing games - be sociable and competitive, or solitary and contemplative.
Use our Honesty Library. Challenge your neighbour to a Scrabble contest.
Settle down with a crossword and a cuppa’.
Scrap paper and pens for would be novelists.
Buy a spoonful of words and make a mini masterpiece of poetry or prose,
postcards and glue sticks provided.
Send the kids in to play Boggle.

This is Me - Walthamstow Library
26 Oct-17 Nov (Daily)
An exhibition of artwork exploring the theme of identity and celebrating the diversity of our community including work by:
- Learning Disability Experience
Artwork exploring language, memories and words in pieces that include a papier mache tree exhibited at the TATE Modern in June 2013.
- Community Day Services
Beautiful hand-made books and a hand-crafted detail the experiences and loves of individual artists using text and imagery.
- George Monoux
Using traditional printmaking techniques, art students explored the idea of ‘Urban Nature’ to illustrate their own poems and verse - in the style of traditional illuminated manuscripts.

 






 

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