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Walk-in activities

The Spectacular Translation Machine

Always fancied yourself as a translator? Our week-long walk-in workshop will give you the chance to help translate Barroux’s latest book, Alpha which tells the story of about a man’s journey from the Ivory Coast to France in search of his family. Created by Sarah Ardizzone this drop-in activity in our Médiatheque gives you an insight in the world of book translation.

Wed 18 Nov, Thu 19 Nov, Friday 20 Nov | 3pm –6pm | Free | 12+

Sat 21 Nov | 12pm –3.30pm | Free | 12+

The Bookmaker’s Studio

Following its premiere at the House of Illustration, we’re proud to present photographer Jake Green’s Bookmaker’s Studio work. Through beautifully shot photographs, you’ll get an insight into where some of your favourite authors create their masterpieces! For more info about this exhibition send an email to
Displayed in the Bistrot​.

​​From Wed ​5​ to Sun 22 Nov | Free | all ages

The Bookmaker’s Studio is a photographic project by Photographer Jake Green and Editor James Cartwright that explores the practices of some of the best established and emerging children’s illustrators working today. ” We tracked them down and shot them at work in their studios, where they made magic happen before our very eyes. ”

It’s not often you get the chance to go and hang out with some of your heroes, so the images we’ve created capture our excitement at being allowed into these otherwise unseen spaces to witness such a variety of personalities, styles and techniques.

Ecole des loisirs Story Hut

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of our favourite French children’s publishers, we’ll be installing a cabane à l’histoire or a story hut in the Bibliothèque Quentin Blake​ so you can listen to your favourite stories read by your favourite authors!

​From Tue ​17​ to Sun 22 Nov| 1.00pm – 6.00pm | Free | 3+