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Foyles Storybox Festival brings children’s and young adult stories to life

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THE WORLDS of Cat in the Hat, Alice in Wonderland and The Gruffalo will be brought to life in Foyles Storybox Festival this summer, with free events for all the family from Saturday, July 15 to Sunday, August 13, 2017.

This year’s celebration of stories will also examine the big issues tackled by leading young adult writers and their readers.

Now in its third summer, this three week storytelling celebration sees dozens of events across all Foyles shops in London, Bristol, Chelmsford and Birmingham.

Immersive experiences are at the heart of the programme which includes a unique performance from the stars of acclaimed interactive production Adventures in Wonderland, a special encounter with The Gruffalo and a Cat in The Hat tea party inspired by Dr Seuss’ classic titles.

Then over the closing weekend, older children are invited to tackle some of modern society’s biggest questions including those of identity. A panel of YA authors introduces new anthology A Change is Gonna Come, which features top BAME authors writing on the theme of change, while authors Alwyn Hamilton and Laure Eve discuss the role of feminism in YA writing at Foyles’ flagship Charing Cross Road store in London.

Other highlights include a writing workshop with Bob Man on the Moon author and illustrator Simon Bartram, a storytelling session from Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, and a journey down the Amazon River with Stewart Ross, author of the Lonely Planet Kids Unfolding Journeys series.

Andy Quinn, Head of Events at Foyles, comments:

Storybox offers children of all ages the chance to experience stories in new and imaginative ways, all the while being inspired and equipped to create their own. From writing workshops and illustration sessions to live performances and a Dr Seuss-themed tea party, Storybox 2017 caters for the tastes of all children, younger and older, with plenty for their parents too.”

All of the events are free to attend. For more information and to book tickets visit