It's a Spooktacular New Season at Seven Stories.

Don’t be a scaredy cat this October, head to Seven Stories for spooktacular events for the whole family to enjoy. The very youngest reader to the most avid bookworm is invited to take part in Seven Stories’ packed season of events.

Jump on your broomstick and zoom down to Seven Stories this October half term (Saturday 25 October – Sunday 2 November) to take part in spooky craft activities, spellbinding stories and eerie events for all ages. Come along dressed in your best costume and be part of a very special Halloween Mixed Up Fairy Tale performance (Monday 27 – Friday 31 October) or meet our resident witch and enjoy Room on the Broom Story Time Spooktaculars before settling down to watch the film adaptation in a relaxed, child friendly atmosphere (Sunday 26 October – Sunday 2 November, 12.45pm).

Children aged 8+ can venture into the shadows of the Artist’s Attic if they dare for an author event unlike any other. Join Jeff Norton, author of the hilarious Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie and Dave Shelton author of the chilling 13 Chairs, for an afterhours reading by torchlight. Share your own spooky encounters and help us to create the scariest, most bizarre story ever written (Thursday 23 October, 6pm-8pm, £5 per person, no additional admission).

Frank Einstein is ALIVE! Best-selling author of The Stinky Cheese Man, Jon Scieszka has a brand new creation to share with you this autumn. Explore this irresistible world of science and adventure with Jon – don’t worry, safety goggles will be provided! (Thursday 9 October, 6pm. £5 per person, no additional admission fee required. Supported by Chronicle Books Ltd).

If that isn’t enough spookiness – older children can join local comic book publishers, Art Heroes, for a Creepy Comics and Cartoons Workshop. Pick up hot tips for creating your own spooky stories and characters with some of the best comic book experts around. (Sunday 26 October, 11am – 1pm & 2pm-4pm. £10 per person, includes admission fee. £8.50 for Annual Pass holders.)

This October, Seven Stories will be travelling to a galaxy far, far away so grab your lightsaber and join us dressed in your best costume for an epic Star Wars Weekend (Saturday 11 and 12 October, drop in all day, free event, admission to the centre applies). Author Mark Brake and Jon Chase will be on hand to explain how one of the most successful epics in entertainment history may actually anticipate real-life future science, right here on Earth in a fascinating and fun event, The Science of Star Wars with Mark Brake & Jon Chase (Saturday 11 October 10.30am & 3pm, £3 per person in addition to admission fee. Not suitable for children under 6 years). Join Jake Steel – the official illustrator for Lucas Films Ltd - as he teaches you the tricks of the trade in an exclusive Star Wars Workshop (Sunday 12 October, 11am & 2pm. £3 per person in addition to admission fee)

Not one but two fantastic theatre productions will be bringing their tour to Seven Stories this season. Feisty Princess Sue is fed up of waiting to be rescued by a loyal prince from her lonely tower in The Worst Princess Theatre Show adapted by Carina Rodney from the acclaimed children’s book by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie (Saturday 25 October, 10.30am. £4 per person in addition to admission fee). Whilst Detective K needs your help as she sets off on an exciting and hilarious adventure full of manga clues and strange events in Me and My Cat? Theatre Show produced by A Thousand Cranes (Sunday 23 November, 10.30am & 2pm. £4 per person in addition to admission fee). A Thousand Cranes invite older children to a manga inspired workshop to accompany their new show. Join actor Kumiko Mendl and the A Thousand Cranes team for an introduction into drawing manga (Sunday 23 November, 12noon (ages 6+) & 3.30pm (Ages 10+). £3 per person in addition to admission fee).

This Autumn, Seven Stories launches its Diverse Voices season and visitors are invited to celebrate with a weekend of storytelling, art and music. (Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 October, drop in all day. Free event, admission to the centre applies). Go on Storytelling Adventures with TUUP (Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 October
10.30am, 12.45pm & 3.30pm) as he takes you on a storytelling adventure full of total improvisation, unbounded charisma and alarming spontaneity before joining artist Jayamini to create bunting inspired by your ideas of ‘home.’

The jingle of Christmas bells can be heard, as Seven Stories gets ready to welcome the Festive Season. Visitors are invited to step into the pages of Ellen Giggenbach’s beautiful new paper craft Christmas book (Templar, 2014) and create stunning decorations and cards for their family and friends. Seven Stories’ Winter Wonderland will also be host to Father Christmas and his favourite Elf (Saturday 6, Sunday 7, Saturday 13, Sunday 14, Saturday 20, Sunday 21, Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 December, 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm & 2pm, (3pm & 4pm sessions also available from Saturday 20 – Tuesday 23 December). £6 per and 2.30pm. £5 per person in addition to admission fee.) Don’t miss author Abie Longstaff in her fabulously festive event about The Fairy Tale Hairdresser and Father Christmas (Saturday 8 November, 11am. £7 per child which includes a copy of The Fairy Tale Hairdresser and Father Christmas. 1 free adult per child, £3 per additional adult.)
Enjoy warm mince pies, enchanting storytimes and for the first time in forever at Seven Stories, Sing-A-Long to Frozen in a spectacular event in our cosy Artist’s Attic. Come dressed in your royal finery and enjoy some popcorn as you get ready to sing and dance along to the blockbuster Frozen (Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 December & Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 January, 10.30am and 2.30pm. Booking essential. £5 per person in addition to admission fee.)

Visitors will have a surprise visit from the Gruffalo this Autumn as he hurries back to Seven Stories for one final goodbye after his incredibly successful tour with the Squash and a Squeeze – Sharing Stories with Julia Donaldson exhibition. Drop in to the Artist’s Attic from Saturday 22 November until April 2015 where you can dress up as Fox, Mouse or Owl and have your photograph taken next to The Gruffalo (please note this is the static Gruffalo and not the full exhibition).

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Media Contact:
Hannah Lambert, Programming and Marketing Assistant
Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books
30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 2PQ

Notes to Editor:
1. Seven Stories is the National Centre for Children’s Books based in Newcastle. Their aim is to save, celebrate and share artwork and manuscripts, from first scribbles to finished books, to create their innovative programme of exhibitions and events.