Children’s Literature Festival @ Imperial War Museum (13 to 21 August)

August 13, 2011toAugust 21, 2011

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This summer at the Imperial War Museum, you can enjoy a whole bunch of special events as part of their Children’s Literature Festival.

Based on the themes featured in the Once Upon A Wartime exhibition, interactive sessions and workshops with best-loved authors and illustrators bring the art of storytelling to life.

Here are some of our highlights below.

To see the full line-up visit wartime.iwm.org.uk

Michael Morpurgo – War Horse and Other Stories of Conflict

Part of the Children’s Literature Festival Saturday 13 August, 11.00am-1.00pm

Best-selling author Michael Morpurgo opens the festival with a talk about his stories of war and conflict, including War Horse and his most recent novels on present-day conflicts Shadow and The Kites are Flying!.

Michael regrets that, due to an injury, he is unable to sign books at this event. However, signed bookplates will be available, and he is happy to meet with audience members, so do bring your camera along and get a photo with the author.

Suitable for all ages. Tickets £6.00. All children under the age of 18 must attend with a supervising adult.

M-Williams-Archies-WarArchie’s War

Part of the Children’s Literature Festival Saturday 13 August 2011, 3.00pm-5.00pm

Get to know Archie Albright and his daughter Flossie, the characters from Marcia Williams’ wonderful diary-style books, covering both world wars. Hear about how the ten-year-old Archie kept his own scrapbook of the First World War, and then meet Flossie, whose diary tells her story of the Second World War while Archie is away fighting.

Suitable for ages 7+. Tickets £6.00. All children under the age of 18 must attend with a supervising adult.

Polka Theatre Workshop

Part of the Children’s Literature Festival Monday 15 August 2011, 10.30am-1.30pm

Meet a director from the Polka Theatre and find out how to bring a book to life on stage. Explore characters and devise scenes based on books which have inspired the Once Upon a Wartime Exhibition. Parents are encouraged to join in the workshop with their children.

Tickets £20 per child. Recommended age 7-12 years.

All children must attend with a supervising adult (each child ticket will include entrance for one supervising adult).

Poetry Workshop: Over to You

Part of the Children’s Literature Festival Monday 15 August, 2.30pm-4.30pm

Join Apples & Snakes and bring Once Upon a Wartime’s books to life with poetry, in this creative workshop. Writing games and exercises led by a professional and experienced poet will allow budding young writers to explore the poignant themes of the exhibition and write their own responses to the ideas and stories.

Suitable for ages 9+. Tickets £6.00. Ticket price includes entry to Once Upon a Wartime exhibition.

All children must attend with a supervising adult (each child ticket will include entrance for one supervising adult).

Poetry Workshop: Over to You

Part of the Children’s Literature Festival Tuesday 16 August, 2.30pm-4.30pm

Join Apples & Snakes and bring Once Upon a Wartime’s books to life with poetry, in this creative workshop. Writing games and exercises led by a professional and experienced poet will allow budding young writers to explore the poignant themes of the exhibition and write their own responses to the ideas and stories.

Suitable for ages 9+. Tickets £6.00. Ticket price includes entry to Once Upon a Wartime exhibition.

All children must attend with a supervising adult (each child ticket will include entrance for one supervising adult).

Make-your-own-War-Horse-17-August-Make Your Own War Horse with the National Theatre

Part of the Children’s Literature Festival Wednesday 17 August, 10.00am – 12.45pm

Make your own puppet from everyday materials and learn from the professionals, as members of the War Horse company take you through how they learnt to walk and talk like a horse.

Ticket includes entry to the Once Upon A Wartime exhibition and a break time snack.

Adult ticket £20.00

Child ticket £20.00

Workshops have a maximum capacity of 30. Suitable for ages 8-11 years.

This is a family event. All children must attend with a supervising adult. Each person attending must hold a ticket.

Martin-Brown-Draws-Horrible-Histories-17-AugustMartin Brown Draws Horrible Histories™

Part of the Children’s Literature Festival Wednesday 17 August, 11.00am-noon and 3.00-4.00pm

Learn to draw the Horrible way as Martin Brown shows you the tricks and techniques for drawing the Terrible Trenches in this entertaining and educative talk.

Tickets £6.00. Suitable for ages 8-14. All children under the age of 18 must attend with a supervising adult.

The Colour of Home: Illustration Workshop

Part of the Children’s Literature Festival Thursday 18 August, 1.30pm-4.00pm

Become an illustrator for the day with Imperial War Museum London as your studio! Illustrator of The Colour of Home Karin Littlewood leads you through the illustration process with lots of hands-on application and tips on how to brush up on your drawing skills.

Tickets include entry to the Once Upon A Wartime exhibition.

Suitable for ages 7-12 years. Tickets £15. Workshops have a maximum capacity of 30 children.

All children must attend with a supervising adult (each child ticket will include entrance for one supervising adult).

All drawing equipment will be provided and children are welcome to take their work home with them.

Over-the-Line-18-AugOver the Line: Footballers at War

Part of the Children’s Literature Festival Thursday 18 August, 3.00pm-4.00pm

Hear about the story of Chelsea striker Jack Cock and find out how authors Tom Palmer and George Myerson are turning Jack’s experiences in the trenches during the First World War and on the pitch – especially the goal he scored ten seconds into England’s first football match after the war – into a children’s book.

Suitable for ages 9-13 years. Tickets £6.00. All children under the age of 18 must attend with a supervising adult.

The Blitz, Evacuation and Sweethearts

Part of the Children’s Literature Festival
Friday 19 August 2011, 3.00pm-5.00pm

Explore Bernard Ashley’s gripping Second World War stories including Ronnie’s War and Johnnie’s Blitz with the author himself.

Suitable for ages 8-13. Tickets £6.00. All children under the age of 18 must attend with a supervising adult.

Polka Theatre Workshop

Part of the Children’s Literature Festival
Sunday 21 August 2011, 10.30am-1.30pm

Meet a director from the Polka Theatre and find out how to bring a book to life on stage. Explore characters and devise scenes based on books which have inspired the Once Upon a Wartime Exhibition. Parents are encouraged to join in the workshop with their children.

Tickets £20 per child. Recommended age 7-12 years.

All children must attend with a supervising adult (each child ticket will include entrance for one supervising adult).