Family Events

See all the events for Families at Newham Word Festival 2021. Attend free workshops, live performances, exhibitions and author events suitable for all ages across the borough from 21 June to 4 July 2021.

Tuesday 22 June, 6.30pm

Year 3 – Year 4 Author and broadcaster Samantha Baines reads from her acclaimed children’s book Harriet Versus the Galaxy. She discusses her hearing loss and reveals why her main... FULL DETAILS +

A Fox Called Herbert
Thursday 24 June, 10.30am

Nursery – Reception Join author-illustrator Margaret Sturton and Panto Dame Mama G for a fabulous interactive story time event introducing Herbert, a rabbit who knows he’s really a fox. Hear Mama G bring this celebratory tale of identity... FULL DETAILS +

Friday 25 June, 10.30am

Ages 7+ Join storyteller Genevieve Robinson as she jumps into the pages of some inspirational children’s books by astonishing and groundbreaking female authors. Embark on an adventure through space and... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 26 June, 2-3.45pm
Beckton Globe Library

Join the Newham Chinese Association for a fun afternoon of activities. 2-2.30pm: Storytelling – 12 animals of the Chinese New Year. 2.30-2.45pm: Red pocket gift time 3-3.45pm: Chinese calligraphy workshop FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 26 June, 2pm

Ages 8+ The Windrush Generation came when England made the call to the Caribbean islands. They were the generation of Caribbeans that helped rebuild the hospitals, worked on London Transport... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 26 June, 11am

Ages 5+ Get ready for a fantastical shadow puppet show to warm the heart and bring joy to viewers young and old alike. Join our hero Toral on the adventure... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 26 June, 11am
Beckton Globe Library

Ages 3+ Dreads, twist out or braids — a young girl chooses how to style her hair for a special birthday celebration in the beautifully illustrated picture book My Hair. Join... FULL DETAILS +

BSL Event
Saturday 26 June, 12-3pm
Beckton Globe Library

Come and create your own illuminated messages to take home. Write your message using magnetic letters, feed it into the Illuminatron, pull the lever, turn the wheel and hear the Iluminatron magically... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 26 June, 3.30pm
Discover Children’s Story Centre

Ages 6+ In an interactive storytelling combining drama and music, Helen McDonald brings to life the story of a determined Jamaican woman who boards the Empire Windrush in a desperate... FULL DETAILS +

BSL Event
Saturday 26 June, 11am
Discover Children’s Story Centre

Ages 4+ Join Newham-born author Rachael Buabeng for an exclusive book reading from her debut children’s book What About Adjoa?  Explore some of the questions Adjoa had when she became a big sister and how she came... FULL DETAILS +

Sunday 27 June, 11am
Stratford Library

Ages 4+ J and T are in deep trouble. Tomorrow is Dress as a Human Day at school and they haven’t made their costumes yet. So, they’ve decided to do something really brave.... FULL DETAILS +

BSL Event
Sunday 27 June, 6-7pm

Celebrating Caribbean poetry, song and orality with John Agard and guests. Join us for performances featuring one of Britain’s foremost cross-cultural voices, John Agard, poet Michael Brome and special guests.... FULL DETAILS +

Under the Great Plum Tree
Sunday 27 June, 11am.

A tale of friendship and courage from the Panchatantra, an ancient Indian collection of animal fables dated to 300 BCE. Beautifully retold by Sufiya Ahmed, whose mother first told her... FULL DETAILS +

Clean Up! cover
Tuesday 29 June, 10.45am

Years 1-2  Join award winning author Nathan Bryon and illustrator Dapo Adeola to learn about their latest book Clean Up! Hear all about Rocket’s adventures as she encourages those around her to... FULL DETAILS +

Tuesday 29 June, 10.30am

Ages 4+ Join a Hats of Faith storyteller for a super fun and interactive family session. Learn all about the shared custom of religious head coverings, who wears them and... FULL DETAILS +

Wednesday 30 June, 2pm.

Years 5 – 6 The VOICES series explores authentic, unsung stories of our past, each written by one of the UK’s finest writers for young people.  In conversation with writer... FULL DETAILS +

Night Bus Hero
Thursday 1 July, 10.30am

Years 5 – 6  Join Blue Peter Book Award-winner Onjali Q Rauf as she answers questions from pupils at Sandringham Primary School and introduces her latest story The Night Bus... FULL DETAILS +

Friday 2 July, 10.30am

Ages 7+ Dance to the beat of the drum; Eshu is ready for some fun.  But watch out! Eshu is not all he seems…  Meet Eshu, the trickster god of... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 3 July, 11am

Ages 5+ Khayaal presents a riveting collection of wise and foolish tales from Muslim cultures featuring the incredibly quirky antics of Mulla Nasruddin (also known as Joha, Hodja and Affendi), an icon of Muslim humour whose... FULL DETAILS +

Saturday 3 July, Various Times
Canning Town Library

Ages 6-11 What would you like to celebrate about where you live and why? Join Salvatore Rubbino, children’s book illustrator and author of A Walk in London, to create your own picture of your home... FULL DETAILS +

Sunday 4 July, 11am

Be immersed in a sub-aquatic world, hear stories of the sea and explore how our own behaviour has influenced the oceans.  Designed for younger children, this online storytelling workshop will combine creative... FULL DETAILS +

Sunday 4 July, 12-3pm
Thames Barrier Park Cafe

Look out for roving storytellers and poets Cath Drake and Baden Prince Jnr outside the Thames Barrier Park Cafe, dishing up tantalising morsels of story and poetry to spice up your... FULL DETAILS +

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