Guest Blog - Half Term Halloween Literary Fun

In previous years, as well as the main festival in the Spring, the Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival has held additional events for adults in the Autumn and this year there is also a special Autumn event for children.  Throughout the day on 29th October Stratford Artshouse will be hosting a fantastic sounding programme of events especially for children (and their grown ups!).  If it's anything like as popular as the Children's Day in May it would be a good idea to book your tickets as soon as possible!

In my latest guest blog Annie Ashworth, Programme Director, explains more about what's on offer:

This year the Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival has a half term treat for children with a whole day of workshops, drama and craft with a distinctly Halloween theme.

The brilliant Playbox Theatre will be running a Workshop (for children aged 8-12 years) which will involve a spooky blend of acting, movement and storytelling, inspired by some of our favourite ghostly tales. Any 7 - 11 year olds who enjoy being HORRID will love the 'Horrid Henry Halloween Workshop', with spooky stories, gruesome games and abominable activities. Sarah Huxley Edwards will be running a 'Witches, Webs and Weirdness!' art workshop for 5-7 year olds where you can make your own mummies, monsters, webs and wands using paints, bandages, printing and glue.

Nick Cope is a writer and performer of songs for families, and he will be singing about what Jemima the Scaredy Cat is really scared of, what happened to poor old Lily ‘o’ Lily when she fell down the big black hole and the Witches Pet Dragon called Keith! A perfect session for 5-7 year olds and their grown ups.

Bestselling author and illustrator, Chloe Inkpen will introduce 4-7 year olds to 'I Will Love You Anyway', the first book in a series she's written with her father about a badly behaved dog who destroys everything and won't stop running away, with interactive storytelling, activities and fun!

Any 7-11 year olds that fancy their hands at spooky creative writing can get some help from 'Witch Wars' and 'Witch Switch' author Sibéal Pounder. She’ll be sharing all she has learnt about witches and showing budding writers how she likes to write about them!

Tickets for the Playbox session cost £10, all other sessions £6 and £15 for a Day Ticket (Adults: £3 if in the session).  Hot drinks and refreshments will be available to buy all day.

For more information or to book tickets for the Childrens Day and other events at the Stratford-Upon-Avon Literary Festival Autumn Plus please visit www.stratfordliteraryfestiavl.co.uk or call 01789 207100