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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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HLF/Woven BOOK TRAILS

Our HLF/Woven Book Trails return to various Huddersfield districts. Get your community involved and let us know if your village wants to take part.

Check back on this page or follow us on social media to find a trail near you. Or get your community involved and let us know your village is taking part.

The Book Trails are a fun way to create interest as people walk around local areas of the town. Each participant will create a scene or character(s) from a favourite book to display in their garden or window (home or shop/business), and each area will create a map to follow of the various displays.

We encourage the use of eco-friendly and recycled materials, such as old clothes/fabrics to create the displays and the Book Trails are supported by Woven, a biennial festival that celebrates innovation in textiles across Kirklees.

The best entry chosen in each participating area will win a £20 book token and will be put forward to compete with other groups to win a luxury hamper of literary and food items.

For more information on taking part, contact: office@huddlitfest.org.uk

Saturday 26 March – Sunday 3 April

Various sites across the town

Book trail map

Book Trails 2022

Free (no booking required)

All ages

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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Inclusive Sensory Station Session

A free afternoon of activities designed for children and young adults with additional needs, physical and mental disabilities (self-soothing calming areas available). Led by dance and drama teacher and SEN specialist Salma Zaman.

This session will use words, movement, dance and music to engage with participants and allow them to take part in teacher-led activities, as follows:

  1. Sitting or standing, listen to the Being Me poem being recited while engaging with balloons, leaves and bubbles
  2. Take part in a variety of different movement and dance to encourage mobilisation
  3. Have a go at making your own dance
  4. Have a go at making your own music with props and resources
  5. Perform your movement and dance with music
  6. Relax with a no hands massage.
  7. Self-soothing calming areas available throughout the workshop
  8. Self-regulating resources available

Salma Zaman is a trained teacher in dance and drama, an SEN specialist, choreographer and fitness instructor, and the founder and artistic director of Salma’s Bollywood Academy (SBA). Salma has been teaching for many years, providing professional educational school workshops for all ages, levels and abilities, and works closely with several specialist provisions. Salma’s Bollywood Academy was awarded the title ‘Best Dancing School’ for 2019 for its inclusivity.

Salma is also an award-winning author of four children’s books: Bollywood Princess; Help! I Can’t Dance Without My Bhangra Pants (centred on her own son, who has autism); Sally and her Super Snot; and Greedy Gertie, which features a cow who is a wheelchair user. With Thom Craigen, she has produced an inspirational and representational activity book, I Can Do Anything Colouring Book, created to celebrate girls of different South Asian heritages and encourage them to consider a wide range of professions.

With a colleague Nisha Lall, Salma has also produced videos and downloadable activity packs for SEND families for the My Family Creates project, commissioned by the Huddersfield Literature Festival and available on the Festival website.

Free (booking recommended)
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Location: Festival Hub

All ages (under 16s and vulnerable adults should be accompanied by a parent or carer)

 

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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