Pop Up’s Festival of Stories had a packed programme of exciting free events for children and families. There was something for everyone at the festival, including events at Curzon’s Renoir Cinema. Coram’s Fields buzzed with excitement over the two days as children explored sculptures, the poetry carousel, magic, music and dance.
Highlights included former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen’s mixed-bill of art, magic, poetry and music – featuring the extraordinary French illustrator Herve Tullet; The Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler live drawing with storytellers; Karin Littlewood’s giant igloo, and Philip Ardagh’s upside-down house, both featuring readings, performances and creative activities; and a carnival led by Rastamouse creators Michael de Souza and Genevieve Webster. Festival sponsor The Guardian ran a bookshop with surgeries with Book Doctor Julia Eccleshare, who could be visited for a personal prescription for what to read next. House of Illustration and Central Saint Martins helped make it all happen, by decorating the site and building sets for spaces.