The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl
As a child there was no word that inspired such a sense of dread, of automatic brain-befuddling boredom as “exhibition”. Miles of stripped back, white walls, feet throbbing in Sensible Shoes, scarred bananas in the back pack (the museum teashop unquestionably out of the question) and the glitz and glamour of the gift shop, like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, always in sight but never quite within reach. As an adult I have come to enjoy, even, dare I say it, relish a cultural visit – hell I even pack my own bananas! I love learning, love collecting up strange little facts, love playing a game of “Oh my gosh So-and-So actually slept/ate/got executed right HERE!” Exhibitions, museum spaces, galleries are great for all of that but lets just admit it they’re not FUN fun are they…?
Enter The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl. A far cry from echoing corridors of “important” (read “dull”) objects and dusty facts; this is an exhibition-turned-adventure through Roald Dahl’s life, his stories and his creative world. Working along-side the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, the South Bank Centre has cherry-picked exciting archive items - early manuscripts, personal letters, a BFG sized sandal – around which to build a tantalizing treasure hunt through seven magical Dahl-inspired spaces. We visit Dahl’s boyhood classroom, the Twits up-side-down home, a forest packed with foxes and pheasants and one very special peach. We travel to 1940s Libya – the sight of Dahl’s RAF crash – and decant dreams and wishes into jars afloat and glowing in mid air.
Each room has been meticulously crafted to reflect and inspire Dahl’s championing of fun, of silliness, of creativity and curiosity. Speaking to a cheery crowd at the South Bank Centre’s preview tour, author Laura Dockrill emphasized the important role Dahl’s stories play in encouraging children not only to enjoy stories and reading but to become empowered by their own use of language. Urgent and eager in bright lipstick and a fantastic turquoise jumpsuit, Dockrill described how as a child books like Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox and The BFG were “like an aero-plane out of Brixton”. Like many children before and after her, Dahl’s free, fun style inspired Dockrill to write and taught her that you didn’t have to be “good” at language to make use of it and have fun doing it – if you didn’t have the right word you could just make up a new one yourself!
For Dahl and his fans language is something to be relished, to be played with and molded to make the ordinary world extra-ordinary, bring fantastic fictions closer to reality. In this spirit The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl is wiped clean of serious exhibition text replaced instead by the booming voice of Peter Serafinowicz in the role of Dockrill’s fun-loving (and gleefully flatulent) narrator. As we giggle and gawk from room to room we are offered exciting tidbits about the author, his writing and his life without being overwhelmed by the nitty-gritty.
A curious blend of fact and fiction, this exhibition takes its cue from Dahl himself weaving the truth of the author’s life with the marvelous happenings of his storybooks. The focus here is clear: to inspire, to bedazzle and to encourage children not only to explore Dahl’s work but the joy and potential to be found in their own inner worlds.
The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl can be found in the Foyer Space of London’s South Bank Centre until Sunday 3rd July 2016. The exhibition is suitable for children aged 7-12 years (though grown ups will certainly get a kick out of it!). For more information and to book tickets visit Prices range from £ 8-11.
February 2016
Kids Get Writing with the BBC
Each year BBC Radio 2 holds is annual children’s short story competition. Kids aged between 5 and 13 are challenged to write their very best story in no more than 500 hundred words (that’s about a page if your handwriting is on the more voluptuous side of life). Winners, runners up and those that make it on to the short list are rewarded with fantastic prizes from a Chris Evan’s-sized stack of books to tickets to the final held in the very heart of the story-telling world: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. What’s more the winning story will be read out live on BBC Radio 2 by a special celebrity guest and heard by 10 million listeners!
If you know a kid storyteller in the making you can find out more at the About 500 Words webpage. The competition closes 25th February at 7pm.  
Good luck! 
Saturday 10th Cctober 2015
Curious Cats: London Literature Festival
Calling all cat lovers: The Southbank Centre is dedicating a day of London's Literature Festival  to T .S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (which was published in 1939!)

The day will open with a special mog-themed Rug Rhymes - the Poetry Library's puppet sing-a-long session for 5s and under - running from 11-11:30am.

From 12 noon until 4pm, feline-themed workshops which bring together poetry, paints and pictures will be running in the Clore Ballroom.

For further information, please visit:

22nd - 25th October 2015
What makes a good childhood?
The WHY? Festival at the Southbank Centre is running from 22nd – 25th October and will be incorporating a series of events entitled ‘what makes a good childhood’. The festival, run in collaboration with the children’s charity Barnardo’s, is inspired by the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of Children and will involve workshops, talks and forum discussions devoted solely to addressing the question: what is happening for the young?

Children’s writers Cerrie Burnell, Lemin Sissay, Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Morpurgo will be speaking on separate occasions over the course of the festival. Drawing on research, personal experience and individually held viewpoints, they will be sharing their opinions about what ingredients are necessary for ensuring a ‘good childhood’.

This fascinating and free series of talks is suitable for all ages.

23rd Oct – Cerrie Burnell, 11 – 11:50am
24th Oct – Lemin Sissay, 12 – 1pm
25th Oct – Jacqueline Wilson, 12- 1pm
            – Michael Morpurgo, 2 – 3pm

For the full programme of events and details about the venue, please visit:
24 - 28th September 2015
Write on Kew
London’s newest literary festival is taking place at Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew between Thursday 24th and Monday 28th September. The festival programme boasts an incredible range of different events for adults and children, all taking place in amongst the beautiful gardens, glasshouses and historic buildings of Kew.

Children’s literature events include a storytelling and live drawing session with Emma Chichester Clark. Other confirmed guests include celebrated authors and illustrators Lauren Child, Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo and Judith Kerr who will be speaking about their books, characters and inspiration. Here at BunnieBuzz we are particularly excited about James kay’s talk entitled ‘Illustrating Harry Potter’. The natural history enthusiast will be sharing stories about his passion for plants and the process of creating stunning images for books, film and books.

To view the full programme and book tickets for any of the events, please visit:
Thursday 10th September 2015
Judith Kerr: My Stories
Hear Judith Kerr in conversation with Claire Armitstead of The Guardian at the Jewish Museum next Thursday. Kerr will be talking about the autobiographical inspiration behind some of her best known works, including the celebrated and self-illustrated Tiger who came to Tea and When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. This event will be kicking off at 6:30pm and is suitable for ages 9+. Tickets cost £15 per adult £3.50 per child– or free with museum entry.

For further information, please visit:
Monday 7th September 2015
Cressida Cowell: How to fight a dragon's fury
The Children's Bookshop, Muswell Hill, is welcoming celebrated children's book author Cressida Cowell who will be signing copies of her new book How to Fight a Dragon's Fury. She will be sharing lots of hints and tips about how to look after your dragon and coax it out of a dangerous rage!

Signing is scheduled to take place between 3:30 - 5pm. 

For further information, please visit:
Sunday 30th August 2015
Animal Tales Family Workshops
Two workshops will be taking place in the Animal Tales Exhibition space at the British Library this Sunday. Workshop 1 is running from 10:30 - 12pm and workshop 2 will be between 1 - 2:30pm. Both workshops will be led by poet Francesca Beard, who grew up on a tropical island surrounded by lots of fascinating animals and now performs her poetry all over the world. 

Francesca will be encouraging participants to share their own animal stories and think about the diverse range of languages we might use to communicate with different species.

Places are free and allocated on a first come first serve basis. For further information, please visit:
7th August - 1st November 2015
Animal Tales Exhibition
On Thursday I visited the new exhibition in the Entrance Hall Gallery at the British Library. Animal Tales, running until early November, spans centuries of history in its exploration of the powerful, persistent, and often quite perplexing presence of animals in literature for both children and adults.

I’ve always admired the British Library for curating these exhibitions which utilise what would otherwise be empty foyer space. Animals so often creep in at the margins of our reading: we are programmed to take for granted the twittering of birds and the barking of dogs as background noise. It is therefore exciting to see the Library put animals at the forefront of our literary attention and dedicate its Entrance Hall space to creatures that deserve a second reading.

The exhibition’s ‘Tales for Children’ section contains unique editions of children’s classics including a pop-up version of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, open on a page which shows the tiger Shere Khan leaping fiercely out of his 2-D confines. Less well-known works on display include Sarah Trimmer’s 1786 History of the Red-breast Family and the 1659 edition of the Orbis sensualium pictus, or The World in Pictures, which has been called the first ever children’s picture book! Taking a sensory approach to teaching, the Czech author believed that the sounds made by animals presented a way for children to learn the alphabet.

Books for children can be found dotted throughout other sections of the gallery too: Philip Pullman’s I was a Rat is displayed alongside Kafka and Ovid in ‘Metamorphoses’; a 19th century German edition of Little Red Riding Hood can be found in ‘Traditional Tales’ and a wonderful furry-backed edition of Dave Egger’s Where the Wild Things Are lurks in an area entitled ‘The Call of the Wild’. These books acquire new significance when considered alongside the works around them, providing plenty of discussion points and paws for thought (excuse the ‘R’aw-ful pun)!

For younger exhibition-goers, the Library has put together an activity pack based on a medieval Bestiary which contains creative exercise to challenge the imagination. Audio-readings of prose and poetry and a large selection of picture-books available for browsing will also keep little ones entertained. All in all, this exhibition will hopefully inspire readers, whatever age, to look at literature in a new way by paying attention to the neighing, braying, clucks and caws. I for one certainly went away agreeing with the poet Mark Doty in his introduction to A Compendium of Creatures: “perhaps we only know what it is to be human in contrast to something else.”  

Tuesdays - Sundays
Free films for families
The BFI has an extensive film archive which is free for families to explore between 12 – 8pm on Tuesdays to Sundays. Mondays are closed, except for Bank Holidays. Digitised films available for viewing in the Media Centre include children’s TV shows and adaptations of classic novels such as Dicken’s Great Expectations and Oliver Twist. What better way to get the little ones into reading!?

For further information, please visit:
10th July - 27th Septemer
Ladybird by Design at House of Illustration
2015 sees the centenary of Ladybird Books. To celebrate, House of Illustration is bringing together over 120 original illustrations from the children’s book publishers, including iconic commissions from John Berry for the ‘People at Work’ series and Charles Tuncliffe’s ‘What to Look For’ titles. Nostalgic grown-ups with enjoy the exhibition just as much as the kids! Entrance is £7 for adults and £4 for children.

For further information, please visit:
29th June - 14th October 2015
Tiger, Mog and Pink Rabbit: A Judith Kerr Retrospective
Rediscover the marvellous Mog series, The Tiger who came to Tea, and other celebrated works by author Judith Kerr. This exhibition hosted by The Jewish Museum brings together nearly 80 years of original drawings, artwork and stories in recognition of one of the world’s best-loved children’s writers. The museum will be hosting daily storytelling sessions, a family exhibition trail and lots of craft activities for children of all ages. Entrance is £7.50 for adults and £3.50 for children.

For further information, please visit:
15th July - 1st November 2015
Alice in Cartoonland
The Cartoon Museum is hosting a special exhibition which celebrates Alice’s "many misadventures" in the hands of cartoonists and satirists over the past 150 years.
Funny, thought-provoking, and often political, the exhibition will encourage Alice fans to appreciate Lewis Carroll's famous classic tale in a new light.
Entrance is free for under-18s and will offer the opportunity to explore the museum's vast collection of comic creations and illustrations which date back to the 18th century. 

For more information, please visit:
Saturday 22nd August 2015
Mermaid Storytelling with Cerrie Burnell
Celebrated children's TV presenter Cerrie Burnell will be reading from her latest picture book Mermaid from 11am - 12pm at the Foyles Bookstore, Charing Cross Road. All attendees will be invited to get creative at the end of the session by making their own fishy mermaid tales.

This event is free but booking is recommended. Please visit:
Sunday 9th August
Family Day at Keats's House: 'Lions and Tigers and Bears'
The Romantic poets and writers of the 1800s were hugely inspired by travellers’ tales of distant continents and far-away lands. Discover what beastly creatures roam our planet and let your imagination run wild by creating some of your own! Family Days at Keats’s house take place on the third Sunday of every month. The event is free, so drop in anytime from 1 – 4pm for some family fun!

For further information please visit:
Saturday 8th - Sunday 9th August 2015
The Fisherman and his Wife at Kings Place, St Pancras
This family friendly performance of the well-known fairy story is taking place as part of the Tête à Tête Opera Festival 2015 at Kings Place. It will be a perfect introduction to opera for children of all ages, with music by Eralys Fernandez. The duration of the play is approximately 50 minutes and the performances commence at 2:30pm on Saturday and 12pm on Sunday.

For further information and details about booking please visit:
6th August - 5th September 2015
Hetty Feather Live
Roll up, roll up – Jacqueline Wilson’s feisty heroine is returning to London’s West End this summer for another highly anticipated season! The award-winning script writer Emma Reeves and the Olivier Award nominated director Sally Cookson have worked with musical director Benji Bower to transform the Hetty Feather trilogy for audiences at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London. Hetty fans of all ages will be blown away by this celebrated show which sold out during its summer run in 2014.

For further information and booking details please visit:
Every Sunday
Magic Carpet Storytelling
Unroll the magic carpet and get set for a storytelling adventure! Each week, a storyteller from the National Gallery tells a story inspired by a different painting, inviting children to let their imagination s roam free around the gallery. Stories are aimed to appeal to children between the ages of 2-5 years old who must be accompanied by an adult. Sessions are free and run from 10:30 – 11am and 11.30–12pm. 

For further information please visit:
Friday 24th July - Sunday 6th September 2015
Summer Holidays: Hot Hot Hot! (Themed Activity Weeks)
Discover Children’s Story Centre in Stratford is hosting themed activity weeks for children aged 3+ throughout the Summer Holidays. Themes include ‘fantastic hats and headpieces’ inspired by the Very Hungry caterpillar and another week will be focused on going camping in the grounds like Maisy the Mouse! Sessions are £5 per child and offer the opportunity to experience stories in adventurous and innovative new ways.

For further information please visit:
Sunday 26th July 2015
THe V&A Museum of Childhood: Summer Festival
Come along between 11:30 – 4:30pm for a day which will be jam-packed with opportunities for children to unlock their creativity. There will be craft stalls, face-painting and lots of festival fun! The museum will also be hosting live music, dancing, pop-up performances and more. Why not explore the their extensive collection of children’s toys, literature and clothing at the same time? It’s completely free of charge.

For further information please visit:
Sunday 26th July 2015
Illustration workshop with Karen George
Karen George is the author and illustrator of Huge Shampoo. She has also illustrated two books by former Children’s laureate Julia Donaldson. Her session, taking place from 11am – 1pm at the Jewish Museum in Camden, will be based around the theme of ‘Lost and Found’. Participants will help create a very large piece of artwork alongside two smaller illustrations which can be taken home for safe keeping!

The workshop is suitable for children aged 5+. For further information please visit:
25th - 26th July 2015
Shakespeare Untold
Experience two Shakespearean tales told like never before! Shakespeare Untold, taking place at Pleasance Theatre London this weekend, turns two tales of tragedy and despair into an opportunity for family fun! In The Party Planner’s Tale, the story of Romeo and Juliet is retold through the eyes of the Capulet Ball's party planner whilst in The Piemaker’s Tale, the gruesome tragedy of Titus Andronicus is narrated by Titus’s piemaker.

For further information and details of how to book, please visit:
Saturday 25th - Sunday 26th July 2015
A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture Literature Festival
The Shubbak Literature Festival is taking place this weekend at the British Library on Euston Road. The festival incorporates a rich a programme for children which will celebrate the vast scope and diversity of current Arab writing from across the globe. Interactive workshops will look at the Flippy Page Comic (or the ‘upside down technique’ developed by Samandal Comics) and explore the magical world of Lebanese children’s writing where children will learn how to write their own initials.

Please see the event website for the age suitability and times of specific workshops. For further information visit:
Saturday 25th July
The Children's Commission: Family Day at The Whitechapel Gallery
Taking inspiration from psychoanalysis, Children’s Literature and folklore from her native Brazil, artist Rivane Neuenschwander has worked with children from across London to explore the theme of ‘childhood fear’. Neuenschwander’s collection of beautiful handmade capes incorporate children’s designs and ideas to tackle and challenge fears such as ‘heights’, ‘strangers’, ‘nightmares’ and ‘bees’.

Families and children of all ages are invited to explore the exhibition and take an exciting new activity trail through the Gallery. Children will also be given the opportunity to create their own vibrant superhero-style cape to challenge a particular fear.
The event runs from 12 – 4pm and will be supervised by artist Laura X Carle and Fashion & Textiles students from London Metropolitan University. For further information visit:
Saturday 25th July
Around the World in 80 Poems
In celebration of the Southbank Centre's Saison Poetry Library, families of all ages are invited to bring along a favourite poem, story or saying which is native to their home. The library’s resident poets will be on hand to help visitors write their own original poems inspired by what is spoken or sung in their native country, town or community.  Families can then contribute to the library’s brand new Poetry International book with artist and poet Sophie Herxheimer. The event will be running from 12 – 4pm.

For further information visit:
Friday 24th and Saturday 25th July 2015
Poetry International Rug Rhymes
Join the crew of Poetry Library puppets at the Saisaon Poetry Library for this fun session of nursery rhymes and storytelling. Learn songs and poems translated from Dari, Pashto, Hazaragi and Persian, from Afghanistan and Pakistan. After the event, families can join the library free of charge and borrow books from its ever-increasing children’s collection.

Suitable for children aged 5 and under. Sessions are from 10:30 – 11am on Friday and from 11 – 11:30am on Saturday. For further information visit:
Friday 24th July 2015
The Magic Porridge Pot and Other Tasty Tales Funday
The day will begin with a showing of the Theatre of Widdershins production of The Magic Porridge Pot and Other Tasty Tales which combines three classic fairy stories in one imaginative show. Imagine the perfect tasting menu of scrummy stories: the overflowing porridge pot which won’t stop making porridge, the most delicious soup produced by a single stone, and the infamous talking Gingerbread Man who is just too tempting to resist!

Participants will then have the opportunity to create their own puppet inspired by the show!

Participants for the workshop must be aged 5 or over and are asked to bring a packed lunch. For further details visit:
Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th October 2015

Garden Museum Literary Festival
The 2015 Garden Museum Festival opens in the Old Palace of Queen Elizabeth I with a welcome by The Marchioness of Salisbury.
On both days talks will be divided between the Old Palace and The Marble Hall of Hatfield House. During the day the gardens and park will be open to guests with garden tours led by the Head Gardener.

Saturday 3rd October includes talks from Alison Weir, Britain’s best-selling female historian, Dr Philip Mansel, historian of European Courts, Lady Jane Roberts, former Royal Librarian, Tom Stuart-Smith, garden designer & Alan Titchmarsh explores gardens in childrens’ literature.
Also speaking is Kathryn Aalto, author of ‘The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh’, Helena Attlee retraces the Italian journey of ‘The Land Where Lemons Grow,' a Radio 4 Book of the Week & Simon Jenkins, writer and former editor of The Times, plus much much more....
The day ends in The Marble Hall with a performance of,
Remembering Ruhleben: The other RHS
Readings, music and song to celebrate the remarkable story of a horticultural society that sprung up in a German internment camp during the First World War

SUNDAY 4th October
Sunday begins with a welcome by The Marquis of Salisbury, followed by:
Dr David Starkey on ‘1215 and Magna Carta: when the barons really ruled England’ & Evan Davis chairs a debate on gardening in political lives, with talks by: Chris Mullin, former Minister, diarist and gardener, George Plumptre, author and Chief Executive of the National Gardens Scheme, on Churchill the gardener & Tim Richardson, author of ‘The Arcadian Friends’ and Hermione Lee talks on ‘Horticultural Heaven: The lives of Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf, and Penelope Fitzgerald through their gardens’.

For full line up and information please visit
April 11, 2015
Peter Harrington is launching a new catalogue :)
RARE BOOKS!!! Little treasures ....
Peter Harrington, the UK’s largest rare book seller and one of the leading rare book sellers in the world, are launching a NEW catalogue containing details of 300 of their most popular children’s first edition and rare books.

This catalogue includes well-known classics such as The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, as well as books by AA Milne, Beatrix Potter, CS Lewis, Rudyard Kipling, Dr Seuss and Arthur Ransome. It also includes more modern rare children’s books such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and other books by Roald Dahl, the Harry Potter series, the Paddington Bear books and The Gruffalo. As well as books the catalogue also contains a few illustrations by, for example, Beatrix Potter and EH Shepherd and a letter from AA Milne. All items from the catalogue will be on display at their NEW Mayfair shop in Dover Street. Prices start from £85 and go up to £57,500.

The catalogue can be downloaded at or purchased in one of their shops and contains detailed descriptions of each item and photographs of many. Peter Harrington offer an ‘unconditional guarantee’ for each item they sell on its authenticity and completeness, as described in their literature.
21-31 May
The most exciting Literary Festival is just around the Corner. The Hay Festival in Wales is back in May and we cannot wait to participate at the Hay Fever Courtyard with all their amazing activities for kids. Get your tickets now!
March 2015
Daunt Books Festival 2015