Everybody Into Books! 

Come and join Inclusive Minds this February half-term for an informal programme of drop-in activities and workshops, aimed at enabling children to get inside their favourite books. A relaxed and fun day offering all children the chance to explore their imagination and develop their creative skills.

Date and Venue:

Monday 16 February 2015 at The Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer Room, Southbank Centre,London SE1 8XX.


11am - 11.30am - Sue Hendra and Norman the Slug

Meet author/illustrator Sue Hendra and Norman, a slug who longs to be a snail. In a hilarious, touching and hugely creative session, Sue involves children in exploring Norman’s feelings. Their responses form part of a Feelings Wall. EmpathyLab uses stories to help children understand their own and other people’s feelings, and is partnering Inclusive Minds to create this event.

11.30am-1.30pm - Re-imagine a book

Get creative in the company of successful children’s book creators. Informal workshop activities including re-drawing children’s book illustrations with Jane Ray and Ken Wilson-Max, designing book covers with Susie Day and creating inclusive comics with Louie Stowell. Pop in for 10 minutes or stay for an hour!

11.30am – 1.30pm – Feelings Wall drop-in

Children can meet Sue Hendra, read Norman the Slug and have fun making, drawing and writing about their responses on the Empathy Lab Feelings Wall with Sarah Underwood.

1.45pm-2.30pm - Q&A with Lauren Child

The award-winning author/illustrator behind Charlie and Lola, Lauren Child takes to the stage to answer your burning questions and read from her new book 'The New Small Person'.

3.15pm-4pm - Panel Discussion

A panel discussion involving young people, Lauren Child, Susie Day and Shannon Cullen (editor at Penguin Random House) talking about representation in books.

Throughout the day: 

Your hosts for the day - Inclusive Minds and spoken word artist LionHeart

Feelings wall - write and draw how books make you feel, in association with Empathy Lab

Learn how to spell your name in Braille, with ClearVision

Write or illustrate your own books with illustrator extraordinaire, Ben Hawkes, and  Curved House Kids writer Kristen Harrison. And, try your hand at turning your friends into all your favourite characters using the power of drawing! 

Make your own little book, with Access2Books