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South Ken Kids Festival 16 – 22 November 2015

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

From Monday 16 to Sunday 22 November 2015, the Institut français in London will be hosting the 18th South Ken Kids Festival. This year’s edition features more than 40 public events including workshops, talks, films, live music, theatre, and book signings with no less than 25 writers and illustrators.


Londoners will have the chance to meet favourites such as Quentin Blake, the festival’s patron, Axel Scheffler and Tony Ross, as well as French stars Claude Ponti, Marie-Aude Murail, and Barroux. We are also teaming up with the Children’s Bookshow’s guests Michael Rosen and Bernardo Atxaga. The line-up also includes poets Joseph Coelho and Gabby Dawnay and illustrators Sam Usher, Magali Le Huche, Emily Hughes, Alex Barrow and Delphine Perret. The Festival is happy to work closely with 20 French and British publishers, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of them: l’École des loisirs. Some of its best authors, including Claude Ponti, Stephanie Blake, Michel Van Zeveren and Marie-Aude Murail, will make the trip to fete this French trend-setter in children’s publishing. Key events of the Festival, the Drawing Duos will be returning with dream pair Tony Ross and Claude Ponti joining forces to celebrate Alice in Wonderland, in partnership with the British Library. Axel Scheffler will be sparring with Beatrice Alemagna, artist Bridget Marzo will be matching her paintbrushes with Belgian Michel Van Zeveren’s pens, and Quentin Blake will face his special guest Bruno Heitz.

Other highlights include a special event around literary hero Charles Dickens with acclaimed writer Marie-Aude Murail, organised in collaboration with the Dickens Museum. Impro!, our live drawing and jazz improvisation event will see festival illustrators appearing on stage to the sound of Airelle Besson’s trumpet. This year’s festival places a particular emphasis on multilingualism and translation. Award-winning translator Sarah Ardizzone will be running workshops for schools with authors Barroux and Marjolaine Leray, as will the wonderful Koalako bilingual theatre company. The Spectacular Translation Machine will be moving to the Institute following its stint in Edinburgh. The Secret Fire written both in French and in English by C.J. Daughtery and Carina Rozenfeld will offer young adult readers a chance to discover more about writing in two languages.

There will also be film screenings at Ciné Lumière and free activities taking place in the new Bibliothèque Quentin Blake, the renovated Children’s Library of the Institut français, and exhibits on show from artist in residence Delphine Perret and photographer Jake Green. In addition to the public events, the Institute also offers a wide range of activities for pupils. Over 30 schools will attend events at the Institute or host workshops with festival guests in their classrooms. Children can also participate in our nationwide drawing competition by creating a book that starts with the line “If I were an animal”.

For more information and to book tickets visit:

Lovereading4kids sponsors two main events at SOUTH KEN KIDS FESTIVAL

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

10% discount on tickets for Lovereading4kids members (Promo code valid until Wed 12 November) 

Win a family ticket for 4 to Impro! with Andy Emler

From 17 to 23 November, the South Ken Kids Festival is back at the Institut français in London. With over 20 children’s book artists invited and more than 50 events on the programme, the Institut français aims to make the festival’s 17th edition a key rendezvous for schools and families in the London area.

Some of this year’s guest stars include living legend Judith Kerr (The Tiger Who Came to Tea), acclaimed illustrator Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo), not forgetting Quentin Blake, the festival’s beloved patron!

On Saturday 22 November Lovereading4kids is delighted to be sponsoring two major events:

Meeting Anne Fine and Agnès Desarthe (11-12pm)

Meet prize-winning authors Anne Fine and Agnès Desarthe as they share their experience of writing stories for children. This is your chance to find out where your favourite characters come from, and the differences between writing for children in France and in the UK! This event will be chaired by Nicolette Jones (author and Children’s Books Editor of The Sunday Times). For ages 9+

Meet Comics Creators F. Vehlmann and B. Gazzotti (2-3pm)

Come and find out about the recently-translated series Alone and the adventures of Dodji and his squad as they try to survive in a mysteriously empty city. Scriptwriter Fabien Vehlmann (also behind the latest Spirou and Fantasio adventures) and Belgian illustrator Bruno Gazzotti talk about their collaboration, their inspiration, and plans to turn their successful series into a film! For ages 9+

Lovereading4kids members can claim a special 10% discount to book tickets for these two events by entering the code lovereading on the booking pages of (Promo code valid until Wed 12 November)

Win a Family Ticket for 4 to Impro! With Andy Emler

Listen to some very special jazz music as pianist and composer Andy Emler produces a wild improvisation in tune with our guest illustrators, bringing your suggestions to life on the big screen! Imagine crazy clowns dancing to quirky crochets or sniggering snakes rising to slippery scales… Find out what happens when music and illustration meet — you’re in for a treat!

Andy Emler is one of France’s pre-eminent pianists, a prodigious Conservatoire-educated composer, arranger and improviser. He formed his renowned and influential MegaOctet in 1989 together with seven other leading improvisers, and the ensemble won the prestigious Django D’Or for best French jazz group in 1992 – the first of numerous awards for Emler. His infectious enthusiasm and open approach to jazz, rock and classical music make him a very welcome addition to this year’s South Ken Kids Festival. For ages 3+

Click here to enter our prize draw to win a free FAMILY TICKET FOR 4 to Impro! on Saturday 22 November 5-6pm. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once. Draw closes on 9 November 2014. The winners will be notified by 11 November 2014. Good luck!

Finally, to reach children far and wide across the UK, a picture book competition is organised with the First World War Centenary Partnership and Eurostar. The theme is ‘My Life 100 Years Ago’ and the prizes are amazing…to enter visit Privacy Policy Disclaimer