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My Family Creates

My Family Creates is a specially commissioned Festival project, which began as a pilot in 2021, creating free resources for SEND families to fill a gap in provision.

You can download the My Family Creates activity packs and find video links here.

Thanks to support from the National Lottery’s ‘Awards for All’ Community Fund, we will be adding a range of further resources for SEND families to our website in April 2022.

The project is being delivered by industry experts, Salma Zaman and Nisha Lall.

WORKSHOP: Illustrating Children’s Books

Ever fancied producing a children’s book? Open to adults and families alike, this interactive workshop with artist Lucy Farfort will introduce you to children’s picture book illustration, looking at the basics of character design, and weaving text with imagery.

Lucy Farfort is an Illustrator and Author of dual Caribbean-English heritage. She knew from a young age, that she wanted to make a living out of her great love of drawing, however growing up in a small town in the 80s, meant she never saw children’s books with kids in who looked like her, and it was a love of manga comics and animation that initially drew her towards an illustration career.

Lucy studied Illustration and Animation at Manchester Metropolitan University, and after graduating in 2002 began work as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. As an avid fan of picture books, Lucy’s work veered increasingly towards story, and after years of freelancing whilst working a day job, she eventually followed up on encouragement to seek work as a children’s book illustrator.

In 2017 Lucy won first prize in illustration for Faber Children’s inaugural FAB Prize competition and has gone on to work with Little Tiger Press as an illustrator on their Our Town picture book series, Knight’s Of and Scholastic. This year Lucy is debuting as an author and will have a story published in the ‘Faber Book of Bedtime Stories’ out in Oct, and her own picture book ‘In Our Hands’ will be coming from Tate Publishing in September.

Please note, this workshop replaces the one advertised in our brochure with Onyinye Iwu.

This event is FREE, however, due to limited event capacity booking is required.
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Age guidance: all ages (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)

Location: Festival Hub

 

SCRAPtastic Stories

Join fairandfunky for SCRAPtastic Stories – a creative, crafty story session.

Enjoy readings of Someone Swallowed Stanley, a brilliant children’s book with a strong environmental message about littering, and make a jellyfish or fish mobile from recycled materials.

A drop-in session with readings of the story at 11.30am, 1.00pm and 2.30pm.

Free (no booking required)
However, you can make a donation to the festival if you wish 

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Location: MakerWorld

Age guidance: all ages (Under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)

For accessibility please call the Piazza Centre on 01484 534594

Afternoon Rhyme Time with Rappaman

Join us for an exciting reciting and singing afternoon of rhymes and musical interaction with interactive storytelling. With our local and international children’s author and performance poet Donavan Christopher, aka Rappaman.

Donavan Christopher is a celebrated Huddersfield-based performance peace poet and author. His fourth children’s book Read Aloud Proudly is packed with rhythmical reading delights, a 12-poem reading challenge, performance poems and word play. The book is focused on promoting and encouraging the joy and value of reading as an essential key skill for life.

A social educator and peace poet, a thought provoker, a lyrical charmer, a word energiser and a people enlightener, his aim is to fight inequality to make things equal through his philosophy of R.A.P., which simply stands for Respect All People.

About Donavan Christopher

Donavan Christopher first made a name for himself as Dee Bo General, a Sound System Operator/DJ on Armagideon Sound, promoting conscious roots reggae music. He launched his first Rappaman children’s book in 2008 and since then has worked in schools all over the world, delivering workshops and performing poetry for all age groups around social values, culture, and respect of self and other people.

Find out more at: https://www.rappaman.com

Free (no booking required), however you are able to make a donation to the festival if you wish

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Age guidance: age 2+ (Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult)

For access information, contact the venue on: 01484 414868

Stafflex Free Family Day

Our free event for families, with stalls, activities and interactive entertainment.

12 noon-12.30pm Magician Marvin presents Recycle Magic, a fun show that promotes positive environmental messages, from recycling and energy conservation to global warming and pollution. With jaw-dropping magic and help from puppet Billy the Bird!

1.15pm-1.45pm Bhangra demonstration with Hardeep Sahota, the West Yorkshire-based creator of World Bhangra Day and author of Bhangra: Mystics, Music and Migration.

Plus: performance poetry and storytelling with celebrated local peace poet and author (latest book: Read Aloud Proudly) Donavan Christopher, AKA Rappaman.

And: join award-winning children’s authors Salma Zaman and Thom Craigen for fun, interactive colouring activities that explore dream jobs and career aspirations, based on their I Can Do Anything Colouring Book – and enter an exciting colouring competition to win free books!

Free (no booking required)

Age guidance: all ages (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)

Access Guide: https://www.accessable.co.uk/huddersfield-literature-festival/access-guides/north-huddersfield-trust-school

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Don’t Ask the Dragon 2pm

Join no 1 bestselling author, poet and Festival Patron Lemn Sissay and illustrator Greg Stobbs for a fun storytelling and colouring activity session, with video animation, for young children.

Don’t Ask the Dragon is a heart-warming story about finding joy and home wherever you are. Follow the adventures of Alem, a young boy in search of a place to celebrate his birthday.

This is Lemn Sissay’s first ever children’s book, beautifully illustrated by Greg Stobbs and destined to become an instant classic.

“A lovely book, simple and yet profound. There should be a copy in every nursery.” Jacqueline Wilson

“A stunning new rhyming folk tale for our time … moving, loveable and philosophical.”

Michael Rosen

Also showing at 11am – 12pm (please only show up to your booked slot time)

Free tickets available for children in care. Contact info@huddlitfest.org.uk for details.

Age guidance: 2+

For access information, please contact the venue on 01484 519988

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Don’t Ask the Dragon 11am

Join no 1 bestselling author, poet and Festival Patron Lemn Sissay and illustrator Greg Stobbs for a fun storytelling and colouring activity session, with video animation, for young children.

Don’t Ask the Dragon is a heart-warming story about finding joy and home wherever you are. Follow the adventures of Alem, a young boy in search of a place to celebrate his birthday.

This is Lemn Sissay’s first ever children’s book, beautifully illustrated by Greg Stobbs and destined to become an instant classic.

“A lovely book, simple and yet profound. There should be a copy in every nursery.” Jacqueline Wilson

“A stunning new rhyming folk tale for our time … moving, loveable and philosophical.”

Michael Rosen

Also showing at 2pm – 3pm (please only show up to your booked slot time)

Free tickets available for children in care. Contact info@huddlitfest.org.uk for details.

Age guidance: 2+

For access information, please contact the venue on 01484 519988

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