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Tuesday 13th February

Day Two – Tuesday 13th February

Everyday of the Festival Emmanuel Hall will be packed with craft activities, our resident library and story-based activities for families to enjoy together.

When you buy a Festival Pass on Tuesday 13th February you get access to…

Quirk Theatre Activities

In 2022, Quirk performed ‘Mary The Pigeon Who Never Gave Up’, based on the true story of a local racing pigeon. Alongside the show, Quirk co-created an illustrated children’s book of the story, featuring collage illustrations by Exeter community members and schools, and the work of professional artist, Rosie Race. Enjoy a special reading of the ‘Mary The Pigeon’ book, meet the Mary puppet, and take part in a collage making workshop!

The Story Store

Watch an interactive performance at THE STORY STORE. With the help of Mich and Emma (our Dynamic Duo of Librarians) local folktales will merge with new epics collected from Exeter schoolchildren and be brought to life through visual storytelling, imaginative play and puppetry. Join in and help us fill in the gaps, put the pieces back together or make some silly story stylings of your own! 

Build a world out of cardboard

And while you’re here you can help us build a new world out of cardboard at our interactive exhibition that you can add to all week…

buy a Festival Pass:

Festival Morning Pass (11am – 1pm) £2

Festival Afternoon Pass (3pm – 5pm) £2

Special Guest, Tom McLaughlin

Come and create your own comic, with you as the superhero! Join author/illustrator Tom McLaughlin as he gives you a crash course in writing and illustrating that will get ideas jumping from your imagination onto the page!

Suitable for age 7 +

BOOK a slot on Tom’s workshop here:

Tom McLaughlin Workshop (10am) with FREE morning pass (admits 1 child + 1 adult) £10 + booking fee

About Tom McLaughlin

Tom McLaughlin is an author illustrator from Devon. After graduating from Falmouth College of Art he worked from 10 years as a political cartoonist for The Western Morning News. Since going freelance he has been a animation designer for a number of TV shows, as well as an occasional columnist for The Guardian online. He started in the world of children’s publishing by illustrating other people’s books before turning his hand to writing. He has written and illustrated for Bloomsbury, Puffin, Scholastic, OUP, Walker to name but a few. His books have been nominated for countless awards and have been translated into over 10 different languages. He lives in Exeter with his wife and children and can often be found staring out of a window with a cup of tea.