Pop Up Project’s second festival descended on Granary Square on 30th June and 1st July 2012 with a smorgasbord of literary and creative events to the delight of local children and families. Visitors to the free festival were guided to the site by sculptures created by French artist Hervé Tullet with the help of 200 local children as well as students from nearby Central Saint Martins.
The festival was an explosion of literature and creativity. Highlights included delving into the world of vampire lore with Marcus Sedgwick; Sarah McIntyre’s comic-book masterclass and talks by Horrid Henry creator Francesca Simon. Any excess energy was burned off at a Roald Dahl disco hosted by poet and children’s author Laura Dockrill. We also had the Book Doctor from our 2011 Festival back by popular demand and Julia Eccleshare helped prescribe which books to read next to some very eager children.
The events catered for all tastes and expanded well beyond the realm of literature. For the science-mad children amongst the visitors, ‘Science buskers’ – created in collaboration with the Francis Crick Institute – hosted a wealth of science activities. The Picture Pavilion gave children the chance to create works of art inspired by famous paintings, under the guidance of author James Mayhew.