Discover Children’s Story Centre, the UK’s first hands-on creative literature space for children aged 0-11 years and their families dedicated to generating a love of language, literature and stories, is celebrating its 10th birthday next month with a long, free weekend of innovative work from the UK’s top creators of art for children including Inspector Sands, Kirsty Harris and Charlie Dark.
Award-winning theatre company Inspector Sands will be presenting Undiscovered, an opportunity to take an extra special tour around the secret unseen nooks and dark crannies of Discover’s amazing building. (‘They are brilliant and reckless, precise and inventive, intelligent and frank. They are kaleidoscopic creators. Don’t miss them!’ – New York Theatre Guide on Inspector Sands). Kirsty Harris will ask you to add your feather to the nest for an extraordinary take on the classic Ugly Duckling and join DJ and spoken word artist, Charlie Dark for a very inventive version of The Tortoise and the Hare – remixed in Charlie’s original style (Sunday only). Plus on Saturday afternoon there will be a surprise guest!
Benjamin Zephaniah, Jenny Sealey (Artistic Director of Graeae and opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games), Alan Davey (Chief Executive of Arts Council England) and Andy Stanton (best-selling author of Mr Gum) will also be taking part in the celebrations.
To find out more please see www.discover.org.uk for full birthday listings, on the weekend of the 5th and 6th of October.
Discover has reached a million people through its venue, community and education literacy intervention projects, and events, inspiring children with a love of stories for ten years. Pioneering an emerging sector of creative literacy and literature centres throughout the UK, Discover is looking forward to working with millions more as it enters a new phase, extending its reach with further in-depth projects in schools and making an additional Story Studio for authors/illustrators and theatre performances and events.
Discover patron, poet Benjamin Zephaniah said, ‘I remember walking around the Discover building in Stratford when it was derelict, and all that is there now were just ideas in the minds of people who were passionate about words… It has been truly delightful to see how those early ideas have lit up the lives of so many children in a real and tangible way.’
Sally Goldsworthy, CEO of Discover since 2003 said, ‘In the last 10 years Discover has become a vibrant and vital part of east London’s cultural offer, transforming children’s lives through reading, books and a love of stories.’