5 Best Authors to See at The Imagine Festival

The line up for the 2015 Imagine Festival, Southbank over Feb 1/2 term is looking hotter than ever. There are free events as well as well priced ticketed events. They’re a very friendly bunch down there, and know how to throw a festival or two, so expect all your wishes to be granted, that is apart the one that involves a house-keeper, tropical birds, and a life time supply of omega-3 glucosamine.


1. Johnny Duddle : Sat 21 Feb : Ages 5-8 : Purcell Room, QE Hall

Jonny Duddle gives you a personal insight into life as a pirate. Dressed in his finest pirate attire, he provides book readings, tales from his time as a sailor, and a glimpse of his own sketches. Jonny tells you what it was like to work aboard a 100-foot square-rig sailing ship, before reading one of his own pirate-themed books, inspired by his past career and the tales he heard.

Get an inside glimpse into some of his sketchbooks, before Jonny draws a completely new pirate following prompts from the audience. Finally, listen as Jonny reads his latest pirate book, The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon before taking questions about writing stories, drawing pictures and what it was really like to live like a pirate…

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2. Lauren Child : Sunday 15 February 2015 : Ruby Redfort – Feel the Fear : Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall : Ages 9+

Lauren Child talks about Ruby Redfort. She’s a code cracker, secret agent and schoolgirl (with a fondness for banana milk and donuts).

Ruby first appeared in Lauren Child’s best-selling Clarice Bean novels. Now, as befits a 13-year-old secret agent, she has her own series. Super smart and super cool, Ruby’s latest adventure, Feel the Fear, has Ruby up against a seemingly invisible foe. How do you set your sights on catching a light-fingered villain if you can’t even see him…?


3. JASON BERESFORD : Tues 17 Feb : Learn how to invent a comedy superhero : Publishers\’ Family Workshop : Foyer Spaces : Age 7-11

Learn how to invent a comedy superhero. Join an interactive story-writing and character-creation workshop with Jason Beresford, author of super hero series The Fabulous Four Fish Fingers.


3a.Bouncing Cats and Boom Boom Pups : Mon 16 Feb 2015–Wed 18 Feb 2015 : 11.30am, 1.45pm and 3.45pm: Foyer Spaces) : LITERATURE POETRY/SPOKEN WORD : For ages 4-10

Journey into the world of AnimaLand where beatbox, rap and graffiti come together. This immersive, high-energy performance features spoken-word artist Maxwell Golden and graffiti artist Luke Warburton. Set within a purpose-built graffiti installation, an original children’s book is brought to life and interwoven with freestyle hip-hop improvisation. The Bouncing Cats and Boom Boom Pups need your help as they navigate AnimaLand so audience beatboxing and participation is required.


4. SEA QUEST : Sunday 15 Feb : Publishers’ Family Workshop : Foyer Spaces : For ages 6+

Fans of Adam Blade’s Beast Quest – join Sea Quest…

Find out all about the underwater world of Sea Quest. Use your bravery, cunning and skill to help rescue Max’s dad from the terrifying Robobeasts. Solve cryptic puzzles, design a Sea Beast, and get your Sea Quest cadet credentials. Exclusive Beast Quest and Sea Quest goodies for every adventurer. Dare you dive in? This event lasts 50 minutes.


5.THE PHOENIX COMIC : Thursday 19 Feb :Publishers’ Family Workshop : For ages 6+

Join the comic artists for a comic-creation masterclass and walk away with your own comic strip. The Phoenix weekly story comic is brimming with top story tips just waiting to be uncovered. Crack open those crazy characters, conjure up your own comic world, bind it all together with an amazing story and enter into the wonderful world of comics.

10.30am and 1.30pm: Invent your own dastardly villain with Laura Anderson & 12 noon and 3pm: How to make awesome comics with Neill Cameron.