Goth Girl author Chris Riddell delights kids with readings at Half Moon theatre

PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 February 2014

Chris Riddell signs copies of his latest book at Half Moon Theatre's family fun day

Chris Riddell signs copies of his latest book at Half Moon Theatre's family fun day

Half Moon

Award-winning children’s author and illustrator Chris Riddell delighted primary schoolkids during the first family fun-day organised by the Half Moon Young People’s Theatre in London’s East End since completing its £1 million makeover.

Drama workshop for youngsters at the Half Moon theatreDrama workshop for youngsters at the Half Moon theatre

He read from his books and signed copies at a pop-up bookshop in the theatre foyer run by Victoria Park Books.

Riddell has penned many children’s stories, such as the Ottoline and the Alienography series, but more recently the award-winning Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse. He has also won a Unesco Prize for Children’s Literature for Tolerance.

Events at the Half Moon also included puppet-making workshops and an art workshop with east London artist Ross Head who exhibited her striking collection of drawings, prints and paintings.

The Folded Feather theatre company also put on a puppetry display.

The newly-refurbished children’s theatre housed in the ornate mid-Victorian Limehouse Board of Works municipal building in White Horse Road, off Commercial Road, has now fixed its leaky roof, chipped plasterwork and weather-worn stonework.

The renovations were paid for by the Arts Council lottery, the City Bridge Trust and foundations such as Foyle, Clothworkers’ and Wolfson—and a seven-year-old girl donating her pocket money.

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