Battersea Power Station’s Circus West Village will be transformed into a literary paradise for children this February half-term.
Storystock, ‘a travelling circus which lands in unusual spaces to bring families stories’, will touch down in Battersea from February 12–14, offering kids and their parents live literature shows and storytelling sessions as well as a whole host of workshops and activities. Taking place in The Village Hall, a new community arts space at Circus West Village, the festival will also showcase the first stages of Battersea Power Station’s huge project of cultural and commercial regeneration.
As well as taking part in the literary activities, families can explore the various restaurants, coffee shops and pop-ups located in Circus West Village, as well as the bookshop and supervised doodle bar for kids located under Grosvenor Arch.
Rob Tincknell, who heads up Battersea Power Station’s ambitious regeneration plans, spoke on the changing landscape of this iconic building: ‘Battersea Power Station is a great place for families to visit this half term. Our literary festival in partnership with Storystock is going to feature a fun-packed programme of live literature shows, immersive workshops, performances and interactive storytelling sessions. It is sure to be a great day out for our young visitors and grown-ups alike and a good opportunity to explore the exciting new neighbourhood that’s emerging here.’
Considered the largest brick building in Europe, Battersea Power Station is one of London’s most iconic landmarks, and has forever been part of the capital’s cultural consciousness, appearing on the cover for Pink Floyd’s 1977 album Animals as well as the Beatles’ original film, Help! Having been left derelict for decades, the new regeneration plan will revitalise this epic urban space, bringing 20,000 jobs and injecting £20bn of revenue into the UK economy in the process.
Claire Gill, a co-founder of Storystock, said: ‘We are so excited to be taking Storystock’s circus of stories with angels&urchins magazine to a very special venue this February half term. Battersea Power Station will host this year’s first Storystock festival with an amazing line-up including favourite children’s authors, literary performances and bookish activities for primary school-aged children and their families, including the 50th anniversary celebrations of The Tiger that came to Tea with the author and illustrator Judith Kerr, The Power of Adventure with Katherine Rundell and Abi Elphinstone, pictures from The Bright Emporium and many more.’
One of the highlights of the festival is a live performance and Q&A from Judith Kerr, author of The Tiger Who Came To Tea, one of the most celebrated children’s books of all time that has sold over five million copies since its release in 1968. With the book celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Judith Kerr revealed the fortuitous origins of her bestselling classic: ‘I first told this story to my small daughter. She was rather critical of my other stories but used to say, “Talk the Tiger!” So when she and her brother were both at school and I had more time, I thought I would try and make it into a picture book – and much to my amazement, here it still is 50 years later.’
Other events include a Q&A with Katherine Rundell, winner of the 2017 Costa Children’s Book Award, and storytelling from the world of Dr Seuss as well as literary inspired yoga. For Gill, the festival is about giving back to the community and bringing books to the forefront of young learning: ‘We can’t wait to inspire and excite more children into literature and reading.’
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