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Welcome to our first Brixton Kids’ BookJam this Saturday October 18th at No.6 Somerleyton Road. Doors open at 1pm and there will be three sessions, aimed at kids aged 5-7, 6-9 and 9-12 yrs. Most importantly, it will be TOTALLY FREE!

Timings, author details, workshops and venue information below.

time-out-logoSET 1: 2pm Age 5-7

Gabby Dawnay and Alex Barrow: London Calling and A Possum’s Tale
Andrew Weale: Nora
Tamara Macfarlane: Dylan’s Amazing Dinosaurs

Workshops from: Tamara Macfarlane and Smart Stories.

SET 2: 3.30pm Age 6-9

Piers Torday: The Last Wild
Emer Stamp: The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig

Workshops from: Piers Torday and Emer Stamp

SET 3: 5pm Age 9-12

Margaret Bateson-Hill: The Silver Flame
Jan Devenish: The Great Pie Rivalry
Sam Hepburn: Chasing the Dark

Workshops from: Margaret Bateson-Hill and Sam Hepburn.


The authors will be introduced by Ella Taylor and Oisín Austin-Walker, and author’s books will be available at our popup bookshop, kindly provided by Tales on Moon Lane, and staffed by kids who will be more than happy to tell you about their favourite books.

All of this will be happening at Six Brixton – a beautiful community space on Somerleyton Road. Get a sneak preview of the space. Here’s a map – click on it for directions!

Number 6, Somerleyton Road

Number 6, Somerleyton Road


We are delighted to announce that the following authors and illustrators have confirmed they will be appearing at the Kids’ BookJam: Piers Torday, Emer Stamp, Andrew Weale, Margaret Bateson-Hill, Tamara Macfarlane, Sam Osman, Gabby Dawnay and Alex Barrow.

The Last Wild


Piers is the author of The Last Wild (winner of the Calderdale Children’s Book of the Year 2014 and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2014) and The Dark Wild (currently longlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2014).


Top Secret Diary of Pig

Super Amazing Adventures










Emer wrote the highly acclaimed, delightful and hilarious The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig. The further mishaps of Pig can be read in the up-coming sequel, The Super Amazing Adventures of Me, Pig out this October.


Spooky Spooky HouseDinosaur Doo

Andrew was the winner of the Red House Award 2013 with his pop-up book, Spooky Spooky House. His most recent book, Dinosaur Doo, is out in paperback this October.


First Flight DR1

Silver Flame DR3Margaret is an author and storyteller who has written many books for children. The Silver Flame has just been released and is the final hunting crossbow book in her exhilarating Dragon Racer trilogy.


EsmeTamara Macfarlane owns the bookshop Tales on Moon Lane and is the author of hugely successful Amazing Esme series. She also co-wrote the Dylan’s Amazing Dionsaurs books. Dylan loves exploring and learning all about dinosaurs – join him on his dinosaur missions.

Amazing Esme Dylan’s Amazing Dinosaurs



London Calls! A Possum's Tail


Gabby Dawnay and Alex Barrow are the author and illustrator team that produced the rollicking rhyming adventures of A Possum’s Tail and the newly released London Calls.


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Sam Osman was born in London to an English mother and Sudanese father. She read modern languages at Clare College, Cambridge before joining the BBC. She lives in London with her husband, three children, a dog and a goldfish. Chasing the Dark is her new kids thriller and chase adventure. ‘Mum’s dead. Killed in a car crash. Her last words, a message to someone I’ve never even heard of. All I’ve got left is a trail of secrets and lies that lead to a locked up house. I tell you now, I’m not going to stop ’til I’ve smashed open the truth.’


babiessmartstoriesSmart Stories

Smart Stories will be bringing their special brand of inspiration to the Kids’ BookJam, in the form of writing workshops that revolve around the use of film, green screen, costume, drama, and sound recording. They say ‘We provide the first steps into an imagined world, carefully resourced to give children the necessary experience to develop their own stories. Across a single day, the children plan, write, star in, narrate, and provide sound effects for their own short film’. They will be bringing their inspiring love for stories to Brixton, and giving Brixton’s Kids a reason to write.


If you’d like to be involved, check out our GET INVOLVED page but we’re more than happy to come and have a chat with you about how you can help – we’re open to your ideas! Head over to the ORGANISERS page and get in touch.


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