Friday 25th and Saturday 26th February 2022

Create, Inspire, Imagine.

Our exciting lineup for 2022, Axel Scheffler, Sarah McIntyre, Philip Reeve & Laura Ellen Anderson

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Authors and Performers

Axel Scheffler

Axel Scheffler

Axel Scheffler reading and drawing. Axel will be reading some of his classic stories, like The Gruffalo and The Smeds and The Smoos, and drawing some pictures in this lovely family event. You can even get a book signed! Axel Scheffler was born in Hamburg, Germany in...

Laura Ellen Anderson

Laura Ellen Anderson

Ten-year-old Ray Grey lives in the magical Weatherlands, high in the sky. Ray is surrounded by Weatherlings with astounding weather power at their fingertips . . . but she doesn't have ANY magic! Then, after a trip to Earth, Ray’s life changes forever. She is...

Reeve and McIntyre

Reeve and McIntyre

Kevin the Roly-Poly Flying Pony wants to take part in the local Magical Pony Club Steeplechase, but some snobby unicorns and their riders aren't so keen on this idea. And a dastardly villain has his eye on snatching the valuable winner's cup... can Kevin win the race...

Neal Layton

Neal Layton

Every animal and plant on earth is part of an incredible WEB OF LIFE. But living things are disappearing all over the world, and it’s a big problem. Award-winning author-illustrator Neal Layton is here to introduce the concept of biodiversity to younger readers,...

Philip Reeve

Philip Reeve

For centuries, Utterly’s family have acted as Watchers, keeping a look-out for mysterious islands which are believed to appear from time to time on the western sea. When the current Watcher mysteriously drowns, his young ward Utterly takes over his duties. Gradually,...

Rhubarb Theatre | Dustbin Doris

Rhubarb Theatre | Dustbin Doris

A dustbin, a homeless lady and an extra-ordinary tale of courage. In a makeshift cardboard home-made home Lives a kind old lady with a heart of gold. Rescuing creatures great and small, Dustbin Doris will amaze us all. It's bin collection day and our two heroic waster...

Sarah McIntyre

Sarah McIntyre

Instantly recognisable in her pointy specs, Sarah McIntyre writes and illustrates the Grumpycorn picture books, as well as Dinosaur Firefighters and The New Neighbours. Her co-author collaborations with Philip Reeve include Oliver and the Seawigs and Pugs of the Frozen North, and they’ve had a lot of fun creating their new four-book series about Kevin the Roly-Poly Flying Pony. Sarah loves drawing and creating characters that make her laugh out loud. Visit her website for activities based on each book: jabberworks.co.uk
Twitter/Instagram: jabberworks
Sat 26th Feb 10.00am

Kieran Larwood

Kieran Larwood

From bestselling author and winner of the Blue Peter Book Award, this is the sixth adventure set in the world of Podkin One-Ear. After capturing Charice, there is only one spirit left for Uki to find: Mortix, the most dangerous of all. With his friends Jori, Cole and...

Nicholas Allan

Nicholas Allan

Nicholas will be reading his book Picasso's Trousers, the true story of the artist and his trousers. In this session there will be magic, illustration, readings and a fun workshop in which you can make Picasso's Pants and everyone wins a chocolate prize! Learn about...

Peta Rainford

Peta Rainford

Peta will share her exciting, funny, rhyming story about fishy friends and plastic pollution, Crab,Dab & Blenny. Find out how all of us, even children, can do our bit to reduce the amount of plastic in the sea. There will also be some hands-on fun, with a...

Rhubarb Theatre | Dustbin Doris

Rhubarb Theatre Drama Workshop

Rhubarb Theatre create our own stories, Dustbin Doris being one of many.  To come up with our ideas, we use lots of daft drama games and exercises.  Join Rhubarb for a fun session, creating stories and characters out of your imaginations. A session perfect for...

Jules Marriner

Jules Marriner

Do you know what is in your garden? who slinks around your park? which animals leave footprints in the snow? and what noises they make? Nature Calls gives you a sneaky peak into the lives of wild animals and birds that live in Britain all year round and some, that are...

Tale-Off Storytelling Challenge

Tale-Off Storytelling Challenge

Feast your ears on eight original stories set in Newport’s Guildhall in the past, present or future, created during the past week, by children aged between 6 and 13.   Vote for your favourite and welcome in the IW Story  Festival  2022 storytelling champion. Hosted by...

Debbie Webb

Debbie Webb

Following on from the successful stories about Stevie, the cheeky Stegosaurus, this tale introduces us to one of Stevie and Stella's offspring. Stanley is a very adventurous dinosaur who longs for exciting things to happen. One day he sees an opportunity to escape and...

Tall Tales storytelling

Tall Tales storytelling

Funny, interactive stories about tall trees, tall giants or tall stories about unbelievable things; with island storyteller Sue Bailey. Sat 26th Feb 11.15am

Monster Making with Adam

Monster Making with Adam

Adam will take young people on an artistic exploration of ways to create monsters for their own stories, comics or art. Adam Gaterell is a spoken-word poet and illustrator/artist based on the IOW, performing regularly at Isle of Wight festival, Rhythmtree and other...

Holly Medland

Holly Medland

Stories from the Sea. Tales of adventures on and under the sea, mixed with interactive activities and a simple, sea-themed craft based on some of the creatures from the stories.

Taking Your Paintbrush for a Walk

Taking Your Paintbrush for a Walk

An interactive session where participant will experiment the fun of brush marks, this workshop is a delightful introduction to image and story making starting from play. Following the paintbrush, we will immerse ourselves in quirky landscapes, to create our own world....

Nature Superheroes: Gift to Nature

Nature Superheroes: Gift to Nature

Calling all wanna be superheroes - drop in and use your super powers to become a nature superhero! Use your super powers to make a recycled cloth superhero cape or use your nature knowledge to make recycled card animals, plants, insects and birds to place in our super...

Planet Aware

Planet Aware

Come and join Planet Aware for story games, a chance to hunt the elusive Nurdle, and other fun Ocean activities. A chance to  share why our oceans are important to us and what we can do to help them day to day. Sat 26th Feb 2.30 onwards

Dave Fairlamb

Dave Fairlamb

Wonderful Wildlife Colours of Winter. A look at winter wildlife on the Isle of Wight, highlighting the kaleidoscope of colours and characters of our birds, mammals and other wonderful wildlife. The electric blues of Kingfishers, the brilliant whites of Egrets, the...

Stitchy Stories

Stitchy Stories

I am a textile artist who paints with fabric and draws with stitch! I love using fabric and stitch to tell stories, both in my own art practice and working with community groups. Have fun sticking, hand stitching and even find out how a sewing machine works as we...

Bedtime-ish Stories

Bedtime-ish Stories

Join the IW STORY FESTIVAL authors for some bedtime stories. Bring your teddy and wear your pyjamas or a dressing gown. Fri 25th Feb 4.45-5.45

Nest Ring for Garden Birds

Nest Ring for Garden Birds

Many families will know Kathy Grogan from her work as a Forest School leader and from delivering a range of community outdoor learning experiences over many years with the Wildlife Trust. Come and join this craft activity, using natural materials; it is exclusively...

Frederick the Fox

Frederick the Fox

Frederick the Fox begins with an unhappy fox who has started taking everything for granted – his home, his possessions, his friends. Feeling unfulfilled he sets off on a journey to find happiness. Whilst Fox is off having lots of disastrous adventures, we visit his...