6 - 14 October 2018
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The Little Read: Izzy Gizmo

Izzy Gizmo loves to invent things, but her inventions never seem to work the way she wants them to. When she finds a crow with a broken wing she just has to help. But will she be able to put her frustrations to one side and help her new friend to fly again?

This year Durham Book Festival is launching an exciting new project for children and families that will see us distribute 500 free copies of the incredible new storybook Izzy Gizmo, written by Pip Jones and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie.

We will be sending a copy of the book to every primary school in County Durham along with teachers’ resources.

We will also be working with five community centres, where the Little Read invites you to come along to story-telling and music-making workshops with the team behind Do Not Enter The Monster Zoo, Hey, Presto!, Man on the Moon and The Worst Princess! to create songs that will be performed live on stage as part of an exclusive festival event.

Story-into-Song Workshops

Come and join us in your local community centre for our unique Story-into-Song workshops with festival favourites Ruth Johnson and Jeremy Bradfield.

Over two sessions of story-telling, song-writing and crafts, we’ll bring Izzy Gizmo to life, as well as writing original live music which will feature in our Little Read Celebration, a one-off family performance at the Gala Theatre on 13 October.

Every participant in our workshops will receive a FREE copy of Izzy Gizmo and FREE tickets to The Little Read Celebration for each child and a parent/ carer. We can even provide transport from your community centre to the Gala Theatre on 13 October.

Workshops are being held at the following venues:

Blackhall Community Centre: Thursday 30th August & Friday 31st August, 11am-12.30pm. Tel: 0191 586 7396

Greenhills Centre, Wheatley Hill: Thursday 30th August & Friday 31st August, 3pm-4.30pm. Tel: 01429 820 214

Horden Community Centre: Wednesday 5th September & Wednesday 12th September, 5.30pm-7pm. Tel: 0191 586 3088

Tow Law Community Centre: Saturday 8th September & Saturday 15th September, 10am-11.30pm. Tel: 01388 731 444

Pelton Community Centre: Thursday 13th September & Thursday 20th September, 4.30pm-6pm. Tel: 0191 370 0726

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