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Exetreme Imagination, the festival of writing for and by young people: Exeter 16-24 February

PUBLISHED: 13:35 12 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:11 26 February 2013

Le Navet Bête present: Hansel and Gretel

Le Navet Bête present: Hansel and Gretel

Exetreme Imagination has grown significantly since it started in 2010 and will be offering an impressive range of literature-based activities for young people and older generations at venues across Exeter and other locations.


The festival of writing for and by young people: 16-24 February

Exetreme Imagination has grown significantly since it started in 2010 and will be offering an impressive range of literature-based activities for young people and older generations at venues across Exeter and other locations. Events include storytelling by Childrens Laureate Julia Donaldson (The Gruffalo), a unique performance of Hansel and Gretel clown-style and workshops where you can make a Moomin or a medieval manuscript! For more information on all the events happening during the festival visit


Julia Donaldson and Friends
Join the Childrens Laureate, Julia Donaldson, for an hour of spell-binding storytelling fun. Joined by her husband Malcolm, Julia will be acting out some of her best-loved picture books and singing songs inspired by her stories. with plenty of audience participation, this event is suitable for families with children aged five and upwards.
Sat 23 Feb, 11am-12noon. Exeter Northcott Theatre. 5 all seats

The Wimpy Kid Show
A must for all Diary of a wimpy Kid fans and great family entertainment. host Alastair watson brings the books to life with fun activities including a Greg heffley Draw-Along and the wimp wars! Quiz. the event also includes exclusive clips of author Jeff Kinney talking about the books, his involvement in the films and showing how he draws the characters.
Mon 18 Feb, 2.30-3.15pm. Exeter Northcott Theatre. 5 (includes drawing materials).

Exhibition: TeamXtreme
The Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural worlds gallery transforms into a welcoming space for young people for the duration of the festival. hang out and play games, write extra-short stories and be inspired by the work of Devon students on the walls. write down recollections on leaves to hang on a special Memories of Childhood tree.
Sat 16 Feb-Sun 3 March. Tue-Sun 10am-4pm until the end of Feb; Tue-Sun 10am-5pm March onwards. Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, Haldon Forest Park. FREE

Le Navet Bte present: Hansel and Gretel
Award-winning international clowning troupe Le Navet Bte will be creating a clowning version of the classic Grimm Brothers tale, Hansel and Gretel. In their inimitable style of high energy, hilarious spectacle, Le Navet Bte will produce a new interpretation of the tale for children, families and adults alike.
Sat 23 Feb, 10.45-11.15am and 12noon-12.30pm. Forum Piazza at University of Exeter. FREE

The Travelling Text Kiosk
From the beginning of its journey at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, follow the Kiosk (a mobile pop-up shop of stock designed by young people inspired by exhibitions at spacex) as it appears at various locations around Exeter before returning to the gallery.
Sat 16-Sun 24 Feb, 12noon-5pm. Various locations and venues. FREE

Memorabilia: a week-long playwriting course at The bike Shed Theatre
Led by playwright David Lane, this five-day course takes the objects, sounds, music, people and places of childhood as the starting point for writing a play. Incorporating group workshop sessions, visits to live performances, one-to-one guidance and focused writing time to help writers create the first ten minutes of a new play, the course is suitable for beginners or playwrights with some previous experience.
Mon 18-Fri 22 Feb, 10.30am-5.30pm, plus two evening visits to live performances. 120 (100 concessions), three bursaries available. See for more information.

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