Our first children’s festival to celebrate the joy of reading

Over the 9th and 10th July 2011, our Festival of Stories took over Coram’s Fields – a seven acre children’s playground – in Kings Cross with a packed programme of exciting free events for children and families. We worked alongside Guardian Bookshop who provided an onsite selection of brilliant children’s books as well as a comfy chill-out area. They also hosted visits from the Book Doctor throughout the festival, who could be visited for a personal prescription for what to read next.

There was something for everyone at the festival, including events at the Renoir Cinema (now Curzon Cinema), magic shows and puppetry. Our community space buzzed with excitement over the two days as children explored sculptures, the poetry carousel, 3D dioramas and much more. Highlights from the festival included former Children’s Laureate  Michael Rosen’s mixed-bill of art, magic, poetry and music; the Vaya Naidu Storytelling Company sharing stories inspired by the Somali Speakers Women’s Group and hearing the adventures of Rastamouse with creators Michael de Souza and Genevieve Webster. Check out the link to the programme on the right to find out more details about the events.

Within this project, we also collaborated with House of Illustration and Central Saint Martins and, alongside a team of talented illustrators, 500 local children took part in helping decorate the festival site with their works of art. It was a fantastic opportunity for community collaboration and looked incredible!

PARTNERS: The Guardian / Central Saint Martins / House of Illustration / Coram’s Fields

SUPPORTED BY: Arts Council EnglandThe Brunswick / King’s Cross