We are delighted to announce the launch of a brand new festival for Great Malvern which celebrates our storytelling heritage and aims to inspire a new generation of storytellers across a variety of genres.
The Malvern Hills and the surrounding landscape has inspired many famous writers and musicians over the centuries, including C.S Lewis and Sir Edward Elgar.
The Inaugural ‘Great Malvern Festival of Stories for Children’ will take place from Thursday 20 October – Sunday 23 October 2022 in a number of venues, including a Festival Marquee and Festival Storytelling Yurt in the Great Malvern Priory Grounds, The Lyttleton Well, The Coach House Theatre, The Cube and Malvern Library.
The Festival promises to be a celebration of stories and storytelling, featuring an exciting programme of professional storytellers, children’s authors, illustrators, puppet companies, musicians and theatre. The Festival is a Malvern Hills District Council initiative in collaboration with Malvern based Arts Company Boffy Arts Events People.
This year’s pilot project will be delivered across four days in October. The first two days will be aimed at local schools, who will be offered an opportunity to attend and take part in the specially designed programme. This will be followed by a fantastic family programme on Saturday and Sunday open to everyone.
The festival is still being finalised but organisers can already announce that it will feature recently appointed Children’s Laureate; Joseph Coelho, popular children’s author / illustrator Korky Paul, Internationally renown Storytellers; Peter Chand and Cat Weatherill, and Puppet Theatre by Lempen Puppets, Indigo Moon Puppet Theatre and Sealegs Puppets.
There will be a mixture of free and ticketed events, with multi-buy ticket discounts available through the Malvern Theatres Box Office.
Winnie The Witch Children’s Trail
The Winnie The Witch Trail takes place from 22 October – 31 October 2022 to tie in with Halloween and participants will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 voucher for Malvern Book Coop. Click the button below to find out more and see the trail locations.
Festival of Stories – School Days
Before the public days of the festival authors, storytellers and puppeteers will brighten up the school days of Key Stage 1 & 2 children. On Thursday 20 October children’s writer Smriti Halls comes to the Festival Marquee. She will share her award-winning stories exploring topics such as relationships, identity and self-understanding through a cast of quirky animal characters. Then, in the Storytelling Yurt Cat Weatherill, author, poet and storyteller will tell stories of magical adventures. To finish up the first day Lempen Puppets put on their show Flotsam & Jetsam. The second day of the school’s programme on Friday 21 October starts with a visit from new Children’s Laureate, the poet Joe Coelho who is an expert at making poetry accessible to all. Next up, Peter Chand, one of Europe’s most renowned storytellers will weave his powerful and evocative tales, some inspired by visits to the Punjab, India. Students will finish the two days of imagination and discovery with a theatre workshop.