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Beeline storytelling festival

Beeline storytelling festival

Beeline University of Worcester Storytelling Festival, 27-28 October 2018.

The festival is a celebration of stories and storytelling in all their wonderful forms. Now in the twelfth year of Beeline, we are excited to welcome you to the first ever 'Family Weekend'.

Events will take place at The Hive and the University of Worcester’s City Campus - which is just a five minute walk from The Hive.

Saturday 27 October


Indigo Moon Theatre present ‘Aladdin’ - Shadow Puppetry

This colourful tale from the classic stories of the Arabian Nights is set in the Middle East: a place of mystery, enchantment and strange, mythical creatures. Large scale contemporary Shadow Puppet theatre tells of a poor street boy who falls hopelessly in love with a Royal Princess.

What magic would he need just to see her again? Follow his wild and dangerous adventures as he gets caught up in excitement way beyond his control. Find out more about this inspirational and accessible art form after the show.

11am and 1.30pm, age 4+

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Aardman shaun sheep

Aardman Animation - Model making workshops

This exciting hands-on workshop is brought to you by the Oscar winning animation studio behind Wallace, Gromit, and Shaun the Sheep. The workshops offer a unique opportunity to learn how to make some of their famous characters with the help of an Aardman expert.

At the end of the session you'll take your clay models away to animate at home!

Workshop times 10.30am, 12pm & 2pm, age 6+
(Everyone gets to make a model including the grown-ups)

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Peter Chand

Peter Chand - Storyteller

Peter is one of the country’s most popular storytellers.

With over two decades of experience, he has travelled throughout Britain and Europe sharing his unique blend of Storytelling, seamlessly combining his Punjabi and English cultural roots to tell stories full of life, wisdom, and humour.

10am, 11.30pm & 1pm, age 6+

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Chloe Inkpen

Chloë Inkpen - Author & Illustrator

Chloë Inkpen is the illustrator and co-author of the hugely successful ‘Zoe and Beans’ books. Chloë grew up surrounded by picture books and has a natural gift for storytelling. Chloë then began writing with her father, Mick Inkpen, and together they have created a wonderful new picture book series which they write together and Chloë illustrates.

Chloë has also made a name for herself visiting schools and festivals throughout the UK entertaining audiences with a lively illustrated talk about her work and characters.

10am & 1pm, age 4+

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Petr Horacek

Petr Horacek - Author & Illustrator

Award winning author and illustrator Petr has experience entertaining audiences of all ages: from tiny children to groups of adults.

This highly visual talk will include readings of Petr’s picture books an opportunity to see his illustrations, sketches for his books as well showing how he develops his ideas.


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Sunday 28 October

Lempen Theatre cardboard

Lempen Puppet Theatre presents ‘Cardboard Carnival’

This is "Carnival of the Animals" but not as we know it. Dissected for body part potential to create the "ultimate animal" we take inspiration from the music by Camille Saint-Saëns, a little help from Charles Darwin and a whole lot of cardboard to mash up a show full of puppet possibility.

Internationally renowned Lempen Puppet Theatre Company tour their own unique brand of original stories told with puppets. Imaginative, spellbinding, surprising and sometimes bonkers

10.30am, age 4+

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Lempen Theatre puppet workshop

Lempen Puppet Theatre - Puppet making workshop

Here is an opportunity to create your own puppet inspired by Lempen’s show Cardboard Carnival.

The workshops will be led by Lempen puppeteers using recycled materials and simple techniques to create fantastic animals.

12pm, age 4+

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Daniel Morden

Daniel Morden - Storyteller

Daniel Morden is a Welsh storyteller in the oral tradition and a children's writer.

Daniel retells traditional stories from various cultures, in particular the Celtic and the ancient Greek. He has performed all over the world, in schools and theatres, at festivals and on the radio. His published books include collections of stories and legends and retellings of Greek myths.

10am, 11.30am & 1pm, age 6+

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Sir Charlie Stinky Socks cover

Kristina Stephenson - Author & Illustrator

Kristina Stephenson is the author and illustrator of the popular ‘Sir Stinky Socks’ Series of books which are celebrating their 10th Anniversary this year.

Once upon a time there was a fantastical children’s picture book series about a brave, little knight with a heart of gold. Behold! Sir Charlie Stinky Socks! Together with his faithful cat Envelope and his good grey mare, Sir Charlie likes nothing better than adventures with colourful beasties, Ghoulies and Ghosties (up to no good), not to mention pouting princesses in tall, tall towers.

2pm, age 4 +

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Rat-a-tat Tales - Storytelling Sessions with Maisy Mouse and the Bear Hunt Bear

Storytelling sessions at The Hive throughout the weekend with special guest characters ‘Maisy Mouse’ and ‘The Bear’ from Michael Rosen’s ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’.

Various times. Age 3+
(No booking required)




Chloe Inkpen / Kristina Stephenson / Petr Horacek

Indigo Moon / Lempen  Peter Chand / Daniel Morden Aardman Animation Lempen
 Adult £10 £7 Free £8  Free
 Child £5 £3 Free £8 £4
 Family* £26 £16 Free £30 £8

 * Family ticket = 2 adults & 2 children

About the festival

Welcome to the first ever Beeline Festival ‘Family Weekend’. The Beeline Festival is the University of Worcester’s Festival of Storytelling for Children. Now in its twelfth year, the festival celebrates stories and storytelling in all its wonderful forms.

Some of you may have joined us in previous years for storytelling, author visits or theatre at The Hive as we have featured some public events for many years. These have included visits by exciting authors such as Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Rosen. This year we have decided to increase the number of family events and focus on one exciting weekend with two days of fun and inspirational stories.

The Festival will take place at The Hive and the University of Worcester’s City campus which is through the arches, just a five minute walk from The Hive. Between the two sites, offering six exciting venues including a two hundred seat ‘Festival Theatre’ and a beautiful ‘Story Yurt’. In addition to the main programme, there will be plenty of other fun activities including book characters Maisy Mouse and The Bear from ‘Bearhunt’ plus story time and face painting.

As in previous years, much of The Beeline Festival is aimed at schools. This year is no exception with two full weeks of exciting events and almost four thousand school children booked to attend. Our 2018 school programme is bigger than ever and features some of the country’s leading storytellers, illustrators, musicians, authors and puppeteers, including Katherine Rundell, Steve Cole, storyteller Michael Kerins, Birmingham Playhouse, Chloe Inkpen and Horrible Histories illustrator Martin Brown. With a wide range of projects, events, and performances planned, the festival promises to celebrate storytelling in all its forms, creating fun, inspirational, experiences for our audiences and participants alike.

We very much hope you enjoy the programme and have a great story-packed weekend!

All children must be accompanied by an adult.