The Fabula Festival takes over Redbridge libraries to celebrate the arts

Roger McGough will open the Redbridge Fabula Festival tomorrow. Picture: Colin Clarke

Roger McGough will open the Redbridge Fabula Festival tomorrow. Picture: Colin Clarke - Credit: Archant

A celebration of libraries and the arts is taking over Redbridge this weekend with a schedule packed full of workshops, talks and activities.

The Fabula Festival takes over the borough starting tonight and running until Monday to provide non-stop entertainment and cultural experiences for guests and visitors to Redbridge Central Library on Clements Road, Ilford.

The show will be opened on Friday night by well-known and respected poet, Roger McGough, who is touring the country with his one man show As Far as I know.

Former Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, called him “the patron saint of poetry” for his hilarious, surreal and charismatic words which you can hear at a reading and keep with the book signing that will follow.

Saturday is when Kids Take Over with activities and events aimed at children and their grown ups pack out the schedule.


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A family fun day filled with interactive live drawing, author talks, story telling, theatre, workshops and much more means there is something for everyone, whatever they are interested in.

Kids aged from two to 14 will be taking over the children’s and teen library from 11am to 6pm with even more, such as a DJ Drop-in session, a stop frame animation session and graffiti art running in the afternoon for those aged over 11 years.

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A spokesperson for the Fabula Festival said: “The highlight of Kids Take Over is an exciting opportunity to meet the hugely successful author of Handa’s Suprise, Handa’s Hen and the fabulous picture book Boo Boo Baby and the Giraffe.

“For two to five year olds Eileen Browne will read stories and draw for the children while the Handa’s surprise event for three to seven year olds will include magic and movement!”

Tickets to Roger McGough’s reading start at £5 and can be bought at your local library or here. The event kicks off at 7pm for everyone aged over 14 years.

Other events, including the Kids Take Over, can also be booked online and in libraries.

To see the full list of events visit the Fabula Festival website here.

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