WORDfest author’s book on CBeebies

Black and White Club

  • Alice Hemming’s book The Black and White Club to be read on CBeebies ‘Bedtime Stories’ by Sir Derek Jacobi
  • Tune in at 6.50pm on Tuesday 24 March or visit here


One of WORDfest’s children’s authors is to have her work read out by British actor and director Sir Derek Jacobi on the popular CBeebies ‘Bedtime Stories’ on Tuesday 24 March. Sir Derek will read Alice Hemming’s first book, The Black and White Club, which is a tale set at fictional Heavenly Hippos Wildlife Park, about being left out (the penguins start their own club for black and white animals only, but are soon brought to their senses by George the giraffe).


“[Illustrator] Kimberly Scott and I were both very excited to discover the book had been selected, especially when we heard that it was going to be read by Sir Derek Jacobi,” said Hemming. “I can’t think of anyone else I would rather hear reading the story. For me, it is made extra-special by the fact that both my children are the right age to enjoy it.  They are six and seven and regular CBeebies viewers – we are planning to invite some friends round and have a mini viewing party!”


Hemming will be featuring at WORDfest’s family-friendly Get Stuck in Day (new for 2015) on Saturday 25 April, where she will be reading some of her stories and encouraging children to participate.


I’m very much looking forward to being part of WORDfest celebrations in Crawley this year,” she said. “I will be bringing my black and white spotty bag full of craft activities and soft toys.” A first for WORDfest 2015, Get Stuck in Day encourages people of all ages to join in on various activities and creative workshops. There will be something for everyone including art activities, children’s authors, spoken word workshops, Minecraft, the Do Stuff Bus, paper crafts, theatre performance and a games writing workshop.


Now in its fifth year, WORDfest (Thursday 23 April to Thursday 7 May) will feature a magnificent medley of author talks, creative workshops, performances, recitals and more at venues across Crawley – mostly for free.


The full WORDfest 2015 programme


About WORDfest

WORDfest is a voluntary festival organisation that aims to build closer community links among Crawley residents who share a love of reading, writing, music and art. It aims to offer events to inspire adults and children alike with the power and beauty of language, regardless of their usual reading habits.

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