Essex Book Festival 2018 | Children & Young People

FREE, drop in events

Essex Book Festival is one of the highlights of Essex’s cultural calendar. Each March it hosts 60+ events in over 30 venues across the County, including theatres, libraries, schools and universities, through to cafes and art galleries. This year Firstsite is delighted to be hosting a number of events over their ‘Place Weekend’.


Make Place for Fun: Leigh Hodgkinson
Saturday 3 March, 10:30am – 3:30pm

Join Leigh Hodgkinson for giant drawings and fun crafts, with some stories in between. Leigh writes and illustrates picture books for children and is art director and co-creator of an inventive new animated show called “Olobob Top” for CBeebies. Leigh likes swimming, buttons and cheese, but she’s not so keen on slugs, tidying or parking.

Are You Sitting Comfortably? (11:00am – 12:00pm)
Troll Swap Fun (2:00pm – 3:00pm)

Suitable for 3-7 years.

Free, drop-in, no booking required.


Traditional Stories From Africa: Efua Sey Korbi
Saturday 3 March, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Listen to traditional African Stories by Efua Sey Korbi through a magical journey of music and dance, stories that have been passed down from generation to generation. A fun and interactive storytelling session for all ages. Efua Sey Korbi runs the Efua Sey Cultural Academy in Harlow and has a great passion for traditional African Folklore from Djembe drumming to traditional arts and crafts.

Suitable for 7-14 year olds.

Free, drop-in, no booking required.


Sumi Ink Club: Peace Wall
Saturday 3 March, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Sumi Ink Club is non-hierarchical: all ages, all humans, and all styles. Everyone is invited to come along and create a community mural that will evolve and grow throughout the day on the theme of Peace, Place and Identity. Bring yourselves, bring your friends, bring your grandparents, come and draw with us.

For all ages, including children and families.

Free, drop-in, no booking required.


These events are part of Essex Book Festival’s Place Weekend on the 3rd and 4th March 2018. To find out more about Essex Book Festival 2018