Fabula festival, a celebration of libraries and the arts

Fabula Festival

Redbridge’s annual Fabula Festival is a unique week long celebration of the art of storytelling and its power to transform lives. It is delivered through a programme of performances, children’s events, author talks, films, writing programmes, workshops and specially commissioned arts projects. It is designed to encourage Redbridge residents of all ages to develop their enjoyment of reading, writing and story making through participation in high quality arts activities and events. It highlights the positive impact libraries and arts can have on mental health and wellbeing.

Thanks to generous funding from Arts Council England, this year the festival will be even bigger and better as we celebrate the power of libraries during National Libraries Week. We are delighted to be working with a range of creative partners such as Discover Storytelling Centre, Newham Bookshop, Wanstead Tap, Redbridge Drama Centre, Apples & Snakes, Salmagundi Films, Little Angel Theatre, Output Arts, Transformance Music, OvDa Dance, Barkingside Art Club and many others showcasing the very best in literature, music, drama, dance, film, art and technology in and across Redbridge Libraries.

There’s something for all ages, tastes and abilities! Fabula Festival is curated and produced by Redbridge Library & Culture Service, managed by Vision RCL on behalf of Redbridge Council.

There are a number of events especially for KS1 and KS2 school groups which will take place at the following Libraries: Redbridge Central, Hainault, Goodmayes, Gants Hill & Wanstead.

Events include author talks, theatre shows, digital workshops and drama workshops.
Please contact Library.Information@visionrcl.org.uk for more details

 

Fabula Fringe

Wednesday 10 October 

The Poetry Takeaway are a brilliant collective of poets who will pitch up outside Fullwell Cross Library in a converted burger van to cook up poems as 'Poetry Chef's'! Why not [p[ along and help inspire them? They will take your ideas, stories, hopes, dreams, nightmares and musings on the world to form a personalised poem especially for and about you! 

This event is part of the Young Poet Laureate tour organised by Spread the Word. 

Venue: Ken Aston Square

Date and time: Wednesday 10 October, 3.15pm

Cost and booking: Free

This charming children’s story will be brought to life in this magical production by String a Long a Puppet. Children and adults of all ages will be captivated by this spellbinding tale!
All children must be accompanied by at least 1 adult.

Venue: Hainault Library

Date and time: Wednesday 10 October, 3.30pm

Cost and booking: £2 per child. Each booking includes 1 Free adult place. Booked in advance in person at the library or Eventbrite

 

Saturday 13 October 

Everyone is welcome to take part in our open drawing event to encourage drawing as an enjoyable public activity. Drawing games for children and grown-ups. 

Draw anything you like of any shape or size and take home your masterpiece. Creative fun for families with local artist Eliyah Qureshi (founder of Barkingside Art Club)

Venue: Fullwell Cross Library

Date and time: Saturday 13 October, 11am to 3pm

Cost and booking: Free

It’s been a long day for Dad and he can hardly keep his eyes open. All he wants is for Baby to
go to sleep so he can catch up on a little shuteye too. Dad’s usually got some tricks up his
sleeve to help send Baby off to the Land of Nod. But tonight, Baby has other ideas… let the fun and games begin! Children’s Theatre Reviews “Delightful… Flawless… Hilarious”. Presented by Little Angel Theatre.

Venue: Fullwell Cross Library

Date and time: Saturday 13 October, 11am and 2pm

Cost and booking: £3, book in advance for 11am on Eventbrite or 2pm on Eventbrite

Join Beano! - A Family Learning Recycling workshop! Amey's recycling officer Habiba will be reading stories, helping you to cut up old comic books, and having fun with a Beano themed recycling day for the family. 

Bring along lots of comics that you are happy to cut up and any old magazines, you can learn lots about what to do with all those pesky bits of paper and make all kinds of crafts with your recycled comics. 

Venue: Fullwell Cross Library

Date and time: Saturday 13 October, 11am to 3pm

Cost and booking: Free

 

Sunday 14 October

Everyone is welcome to take part in our open drawing event to encourage drawing as an enjoyable public activity. Drawing games for children and grown-ups. 

Draw anything you like of any shape or size and take home your masterpiece. Creative fun for families with local artist Eliyah Qureshi (founder of Barkingside Art Club)

Venue: Redbridge Central Library

Date and time: Sunday 14 October, 11am to 3pm

Cost and booking: Free


Events for Adults and Teens

Thursday 11 October

Join Laurie Bolger from Apples & Snakes who will help you hone your writing and performance skills in this supportive and fun master-class. Bring your own work and learn tips from a professional on how to perform with confidence in front of a live audience. Selected performers will be invited to perform at a showcase event on Saturday 13 October. 

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Hub Central, 2nd floor

Date and time: Thursday 11 October, 6pm to 9pm

Cost and booking: Free, limited spaces, booking essential. Book your place via Eventbrite

 

Friday 12 October

Join us for a lively event exploring women's rights and history. A pay bar provided by the award winning Wanstead Tap will be available on the night. 

Shami Chakrabarti's new work, Of Women, makes the case for radical positive action to promote the vindication of the rights of women worldwide. Chakrabarti details how global gender injustice continues to impact health, wealth, education, representation, opportunity and security in the 21st century. Of Women outlines what needs fixing and what makes, clear, inspiring proposals about what we can do next, putting gender justice at the centre of the progressive political agenda. 

Shami Chakrabarti is Britain's leading human rights campaigner. Labour's Shadow Attorney General and a member of the House of Lords, Chakrabarti is an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Bristol and the University of Manchester. She is the author of On Liberty, an impassioned defence of human rights, published in 2014. 

Rachel Holmes has gone back to original sources to tell the story of a woman who did more than any other to transform British politics in the nineteenth century. Unrestrained by convention, lion-hearted and free, Elanor Marx (1855-98) was an exceptional force. She was the first woman to lead the British dock workers' and gas workers' trade unions and for years worked tirelessly for her father, Karl Marx, as personal secretary and researcher. Foremost among her achievements was her pioneering feminism. For her, sexual equality was a necessary precondition for a just society. She set out into the world to make a difference ceaselessly campaigning and organising until her untimely end, which - with its letters, legacies, secrets and hidden paternity - reads in part like a novel and in part like the modern tragedy it was.  

Rachel Holmes is the author of Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural born rebel, the Secret Life of Dr James Barry, The Hottentot Venus: The Life and Death of Saarjie Baartman. She is co-editor, with Lisa Appignanensi and Susie Orbach, of Fifty Shades of Feminism and co-commissioning editor, with Josie Rourke and Chris Haydon, of Sixty-Six Books: Twenty-First Century Writers Speak to the King James Bible. 

Venue: Wanstead Library

Date and time: Friday 12 October, 7.30pm

Cost and booking: £5, book your place on our Eventbrite page  

 

Saturday 13 October

Whether you are an experienced writer or at the beginning of your writing journey, join us
for a lively workshop, which will help you find inspiration, build up your skills and confidence, guide you on your approach to writing and develop your ideas, and also help you prepare work for entering Pen to Print competitions.

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Hub Central, IT Room

Date and time: Saturday 13 October, 10:30am to12:30pm

Cost and booking: Free, limited spaces, booking essential via Eventbrite

Local poets, Mc’s, Writers, Artists and Performers will share the stage with professional Spoken Word Artists Laurie Bolger and Kieron Rennie from Apples & Snakes.

Stand-up poet Laurie currently hosts BANG Said the Gun London’s leading standup poetry night, as well as being commissioned by BBC Radio 1, The Verb and 1Xtra.

Kieron has been described as a ‘forward-thinking poet who often creates innovative connections between distinct concepts’. His poetry has been characterised as reflective, abstract and musical. 

Apples & Snakes work to amplify unheard voices. They positively encourage artists and producers to push the boundaries of what poetry and spoken word can be. Show your support to emerging artists from Redbridge.

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Hub Central, 2nd Floor

Date and time: Saturday 13 October, 3pm to 5pm

Cost and booking: Free, no booking required, just turn up

 

If you wish to perform then you must attend the master-class on Thursday 11 October

 

Saturday 13 October and Sunday 14 October

Come along and check out our free fantastic online resources for all ages. All you need to get started is a library card and pin. Come along to one of our drop in sessions- bring your tablet or mobile device with you and we’ll show you what to do! 

Venue: Redbridge Central Library

Date and time: Saturday 13 October & Sunday 14 October, 11:30am to 12:30pm and  2:30pm to 3:30pm

Cost and booking: Free, just turn up, first come, first served

 

Sunday 14 October

Immerse yourself in an area of tranquillity during Fabula. Zone out with ambient music and dance, colouring, Sudoku, dot-to-dot for families and therapeutic taster sessions good for your health and wellbeing.

Children welcome but they must be accompanied by an adult.

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, 1st Floor

Date and time: Sunday 14 October, 11am to 4pm

Cost and booking: Free, first come first served


Fabula Fun for Kids and Families 

Watch out as the kids take over Redbridge’s biggest and busiest library over the weekend! Discover the very best family friendly activities which will help inspire a life time love of reading! Unless otherwise stated, all events and activities are FREE and will be on a first come, first served basis, so arrive early to avoid disappointment!

Tuesday 9 October 

Come along to one of these special rhyme times which include signing for young children.

Venue: Woodford Green Library

Date and time: Tuesday 9 October, 2.30pm to 3pm

Cost and booking: FREE, just turn up

 

Friday 12 October 

Come along to one of these special rhyme times which include signing for young children.

Venue: South Woodford Library and Gym

Date and time: Friday 9 October, 10.30am to 11.30am

Cost and booking: FREE, just turn up

 

Saturday 13 October 

Salmagundi Films will help you explore the crime novel genre and the potential of multi-media to make creative writing fun. Unleash your criminal mind and create a digital detective comic using an app on iPads. 

Recreate the perfect crime using photos, props, costumes and clues hidden around the library. Input the evidence into your digital dossier to present your case. 

Who will read the book? 

Who will unravel the clues and solve the crime? 

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Lab Central

Date and time: Saturday 13 October, 11am to 1pm

Cost and booking: FREE, first come, first served

Have you ever wondered what stories your house holds? Like who lived there before you or
what was on the site of your house before it was built? Come along to this workshop to find out how to research the history of your home.

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Redbridge Heritage Centre, 2nd floor

Date and time: Saturday 13 October, 11:30am to 12:30pm

Cost and booking: Free, first come, first served

At the start of winter, two bear cubs are born, deep in their den in the frozen north. And as they learn the secrets of the earth and their place in it, Mama Bear whispers, "You're snug with me."

Join author Chitra Soundar as she shares her stories and then get busy making and colouring stars and snowflakes with illustrator Poonam Mistry!

This event will be followed by a book signing so don't forget to bring your pocket money so you can buy a book and get it signed by the author.

Please note this event's focused book has changed. It will now focus on the author's new book "You're sung with me" from the same series.

Venue: Redbridge Central Library

Date and time: Saturday 13 October, 11.30am

Cost and booking: Free

Aspiring illustrator? Comic lover? Or keen to learn more? Join Neill Cameron, celebrated comic-book creator and contributor to the Phoenix, as he shows you just how to draw awesome comics. Book signing will follow the event.

Venue: Redbridge Central Library

Date and time: Saturday 13 October, 12:30pm and 2pm

Cost and booking: Free, first come, first served

Once upon a time, steam trains once ran in Ilford. Come along and make your own train and
find out about this wonderful means of transport. Go on adventures and create some stories
to share. 

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Redbridge Heritage Centre, 2nd floor

Date and time: Saturday 13 October, 1pm to 3pm

Cost and booking: Free, first come, first served

Steven and Steven will be delighting audiences as they explore their new story, The Nothing to See Here Hotel. Featuring live illustration and readings, fun and games, this event is not to be missed.

This event will be followed by a book signing so don't forget to bring your pocket money so you can buy a book and get it signed by the author.

Venue: Redbridge Central Library

Date and time: Saturday 13 October, 1.30pm

Cost and booking: Free, first come, first served

Explore digital identities with a Jean Michael Basquiat inspired drawing and writing workshop. Use a drawing App to produce a dynamic digital self-portrait using a selfie photograph as the framework for the portrait. Complete 'The Facial Expression' questionnaire to reveal your inner thoughts and convictions and add words and textures to create a unique billboard of personal graffiti. 

Your digital portraits will be projected to produce an evolving exhibition. 

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Lab Central

Date and time: Saturday 13 October, 2.20pm to 4.30pm

Cost and booking: Free, first come, first served

 

Saturday 13 October & Sunday 14 October

Can butterfly help little monkey find his mum? Yes, finally, but only after a lot of trial and error as butterfly misunderstands monkey’s descriptions and leads him to all sorts of unsuitable animals. Enjoy this fun story by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler with Discover's Story Builders.

Venue: Redbridge Central Library

Date and time: Saturday 13 October and Sunday 14 October, 11am and 1:30pm

Cost and booking: Free, first come, first served

Join Discover’s Story Builders to explore picture book Perfectly Norman, by Tom Percival. In this interactive event families will hear all about Norman, a boy with an extraordinary secret.
Explore why Norman feels the way he does, and reflect on what makes us all unique. The event includes a craft activity for families to complete together, and for each child to take home. 

Venue: Redbridge Central Library

Date and time: Saturday 13 October and Sunday 14 October, 2.30pm

Cost and booking: Free, first come, first served

Drop in to the festival to create your own illuminated messages! Write your message using magnetic letters, feed it into the illuminatron and see it transformed into your very own illuminated sheet to take home and keep.

Venue: Redbridge Central Library

Date and time: Saturday 13 October and Sunday 14 October, 11am to 3pm

Cost and booking: Free, drop in!

Get your face painted in a range of weird and wonderful designs!

Venue: Redbridge Central Library

Date and time: Saturday 13 October and Sunday 14 October, 11am to 3pm

Cost and booking:  £1.75, drop in! 

Join us for a special treasure hunt around the building. Use the maps and clues to help find some of Redbridge's great historical treasures. Search high and low to discover what's under your nose! 

Venue: Redbridge Central Library

Date and time: Saturday 13 October and Sunday 14 October, During opening hours

Cost and booking: FREE

Pose for a photo with the Highway Rat in our fantastic Fabula Festival photo booth.

Venue: Redbridge Central Library

Date and time: Saturday 13 October and Sunday 14 October, 11am, 1pm and 3pm

Cost and booking: Free, drop in!

 

Sunday 14 October 

Check out our Ultimaker 3D printer and hold in your own hands our latest prints, from jewellery pieces, small statues, bolts, gears and much more. Talk to us and learn what free software you can install to become a 3D designer and then get your creations 3D printed with us at a later date. 

Delivered by Create Education

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Lab Central

Date and time: Sunday 14 October, 11am to 4pm

Cost and booking: Free, first come, first served

Be amazed by what you can build with newspaper and a little bit of imagination and help. For fans of Harry Potter, create an object such as a magic wand or a sign on the deathly hallows and learn new innovative construction skills and try our giant chair made from newspapers. Take home what you build to show your family and friends. 

Delivered by STEM in schools. 

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Hub Central, second floor

Date and time: Sunday 14 October, 11am to 4pm

Cost and booking: Free, first come, first served

Create a piece of original music and then film and edit scenes to make a music video that could go viral on youtube! The music will be in a style of your choice and will include virtual instruments and, if you like, your voice. You can be the musician, cameraperson, editor and publisher, all in two hours. You will receive a copy of your finished video.

Delivered by Transformance Music. Unmissable! 

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Lab Central

Date and time: Sunday 14 October, 11am to 1pm

Cost and booking: Free, first come, first served

Get kitted out in jet packs or fairy wings, witches hats or a wizard's sword, crazy hats or wild hair... all made with colourful rubber and air!

Venue: Redbridge Central Library

Date and time: Sunday 12 October, 11am-3pm

Cost and booking: Free, drop in! 

Overnight a small mysterious shed appears. The doors are opened, words and stories tumble out, music and laughter begins to fill the air and then, as if by magic - children start to arrive...

Tales will be told at various intervals throughout the day. Between story times the shed becomes a pop-up library where children and families can read together. There will also be a small writing desk with paper and pencils where older children can pen their next masterpiece.

Venue: Redbridge Central Library. Ilford High Street

Date and time: Sunday 14 October, 11am to 5pm

Cost and booking: Free, drop in! 

Have you ever wondered what stories your family history holds? Would you like to trace your history but don’t know where to start? Come along to this session and find out about our genealogical online resources and discover your ancestors.

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Redbridge Heritage Centre, 2nd floor

Date and time: Sunday 14 October, 11.30am-12.30pm

Cost and booking: Free, first come, first served

Budding writer? Novelist of tomorrow? Katherine Woodfine, bestselling author of The Sinclair's Mysteries will be delivering this creative writing workshop for 7-11 year olds. Find out more about Katherine's work, get expert tips, guidance and hone your own writing skills. Book sighing will be variable. 

Venue: Redbridge Central Library

Date and time: Sunday 14 October, 12.30pm

Cost and booking: Free, first come, first served

Sam Wu is NOT a scaredy-cat (except he is). Join Katie and Kevin Tsang for this fun and fearless event. Listen as they read from their Sam Wu is Not Afraid stories, take part in their ‘Face Your Fears’ workshop and make your very own scary ghosts and sharks.

This event will be followed by a book signing so don't forget to bring your pocket money so you can buy a book and get it signed by the author.

Venue: Redbridge Central Library

Date and time:  Sunday 14 October, 1.30pm

Cost and booking:  Free, first come, first served

Did you know that mammoth remains have been found in Ilford? Find out about this amazing discovery and make your own mammoth with a moving trunk. Turn it into a puppet
and create your own stories.

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Redbridge Heritage Centre, 2nd floor

Date and time:  Sunday 14 October, 1pm to 3pm

Cost and booking:  Free, first come, first served

Robots come in many shapes and sizes, designed to complete different types of tasks. Find out how to use the Hummingbird Robotics kit to programme parts of a robot, creating coded reactions to inputs, and then design a piece of moving art. This is a creative workshop that will get you thinking differently about what makes a robot and that even robots can be art! 

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Lab Central

Date and time: Sunday 14 October, 2pm to 4pm

Cost and booking: Free, first come, first served

In the spirit of Halloween, children (and grown-ups too!) are invited to dress up and go wild with their imaginations and the best costume will get an edible surprise! The Tiny Steps team are hoping to see lots of little witches and vampires and other creatures. Children will love the classic magical fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel performed through acting and movement by professional dancers and performers, Svetlana Ovsyannikova and Herbert DesLauriers. 

Following the performance, there will be an after-show workshop where children can learn a few dance moves with the performers!

Venue: Redbridge Central Library

Date and time: Sunday 14 October, 12.30pm & 2.30pm

Cost and booking: Free, first come, first served

To celebrate the end of a fabulous Fabula weekend get down at our disco with exciting part games, lots of dancing, colourful disco lights, a brilliant children's entertainer and loads of fantastic prizes to be won! So get your best party outfit ready and come join in the fun. 

Venue: Redbridge Central Library

Date and time: Sunday 14 October, 3.30pm-5pm

Cost and booking: £2, book in advance via Eventbrite

 

 

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