Seven Stories announces an action packed new season of events!

Seven Stories has announced a new season of events – guaranteed to fuel the imagination of all ages this autumn and winter. Featuring a rich poetry programme, brand new fun themed weekends, a one-off special concert for babies, and a line-up of storytelling and creative workshops led by a host of inspiring authors, playwrights and illustrators – there really will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Download our Autumn Winter 2017 Event Guide here.

Download an 'At a Glance' version of the Event Guide here.

Visitors can continue to enjoy the hugely popular Comics exhibition at Seven Stories, which will be accompanied by exciting new events. Special exhibition tours - Comic Gallery Explorers– will be stuffed full of comic inspiration, stories, information and ideas. Master cartoonist Gary Northfield (The Beano, The Dandy) will be introducing everyone to the hilarious world of Julius Zebra, a Roman Zebra Gladiator, whilst handing out a selection of great tips on how to be a successful cartoonist. There will also be a Comic Takeover (28 Oct) as part of Juice Festival, promising a fun-filled day of colourful comic activities for all ages.

For budding bards and promising poets, there will be a rich assortment of poetry events as Seven Stories encourage guests to explore, read, and create their own poetry and spoken word. This includes Rhyme Scene - a programme of exciting and interactive poetry events developed by young people. Pop-Up Poetry will be appearing at unexpected times and spaces around the Centre and there will be a Rhyme Scene Poetry Trail where participants can embark on a rhyme solving journey, uncovering hidden clues as they go (28 Sept – 31st Dec).

One of the UK’s most exciting spoken word artists, Inja, will be performing live in the attic and bringing words and poetry to life with his energetic freestyle poetry. Afterwards, Inja will be running a lively creative writing workshop, for those who are keen to cook up their own lyrical wizardry.

Playwright and performance poet Joseph Coelho will be hosting two great events – How to Write Poems, full of useful tips and fun writing activities to get your pen flowing; as well as a story telling event for younger visitors, full of interaction and rhymes aplenty. There will also be a very special twilight event with poets John Agard and Grace Nichols in the Seven Stories Bookshop, who will be reading a selection of poetry in response to Freedom City’s powerful themes of war, poverty and racism.

Leading children book authors and illustrators will be popping in throughout the season to host immersive storytelling sessions and to introduce their own work and characters.

Award-winning British author and illustrator Nick Sharratt will be hosting a day of events around his new book You Choose in Space which he has dedicated to Seven Stories; Helen Stephens will be reading and drawing from her new book Oliver Elephant; author Andy Stanton will be in the attic talking about his best-selling Mr Gum series; and illustrator Gerry Turley will be turning the Seven Stories reception into a magical winter landscape.

And the fun doesn’t end there. A whole new selection of themed weekends are scheduled throughout autumn and winter, each packed full of story times,  fun themed activities, and fancy dress galore.

In October, it will be time for spooky story times and ghoulish activities galore for a Halloween weekend like no other, followed by two days of Mischief Making, celebrating literature’s favourite little rascals over the bonfire weekend. Over the New Year’s Eve weekend, Seven Stories will explore traditions, customs and celebrations from all over the world, and 2018 gets off to a wombling good start with a Womble themed weekend.

For the very youngest of readers and back by popular demand, Bookworm Babies presents innovative ways to introduce little budding bookworms to a lifetime love of reading. There will also be an exclusive concert performed by players from renowned orchestra Opera North, especially created for babies and children under 5 (10th November).

And finally, for adults, a number of thought-provoking talks and events are programmed as part of, or inspired by, the themes of Freedom City 2017. The issues around children’s literature and race will be explored at a one-day symposium as well as an author talk with writers Catherine Johnson and Patrice Lawrence. Author Alex Wheatle, winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2016 will be discussing his young adult novels including Straight Outta Crongton, whilst author, actress and children’s campaigner Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE will be discussing ‘facing adversity with a smile’ as the subject of Seven Stories’ annual David Fickling Lecture.

At Seven Stories, we bring stories to life every single day, meaning whichever day you visit, there is so much to explore! Find out what you can do every day here!