Join together with your neighbours and bring Grandad’s Island to life on the streets of Waltham Forest.
Grandad’s Island: from Page to Pavement is inspired by local award-winning author and illustrator Benji Davies' 2015 book, Grandad’s Island. Presented by Walthamstow based arts development organisation Artillery, the people of Waltham Forest are being invited to co-create a multi art-form story trail, transforming our neighbourhoods into tropical lands.
Free events are taking place across the borough from 4 to 13 October with the finale event in Langthorne Park on Sunday 13 October, 12noon – 6pm featuring dance, a procession, creative workshops, multilingual storytelling and a community feast. Download the programme here.
Other events include creative workshops and exhibitions such as Island Storytime for tiny tots at independent bookshop Phlox Books in Leyton on Saturday 5 October, 4pm-5pm and The Babel Project at The Mill on Sunday 6 October, 2.30pm – 4.30pm. The Babel Project is multilingual story telling with guest reader Benji Davies to share Grandad’s Island in multiple languages, celebrating the many nationalities that come together at The Mill. Benji will also be reading from his book Grandad’s Island at Higham Hill Library on Saturday 5 October, 10.30am – 11.30am and at the finale event in Langthorne Park on Sunday 13 October.
On Saturday 12 October, the day before the finale event, everyone is invited to join “Grandad’s crew” at Langthorne Park, with free drop-in artist-led creative workshops, 2pm - 5pm to transform the park into an island paradise.
Grandad's Island: from Page to Pavement is an invitation for everyone to get creative. How you choose to respond and who you choose to work with is entirely up to you – You might knit a flock of parrots taking flight, write stories of adventurous voyages of discovery, link generations through song, create a puppet show, or just read from the story and discuss the themes. You decide.
Already translated into 35 languages, Grandad’s Island reflects the vast diversity of our borough. The book itself speaks of so many things that affect families, communities and individuals including migration, linking generations, love and loss, ecology and travel.