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Fabula Festival returns this month. Now in its fourth year, the cultural event has grown from two days of activities at Redbridge Central Library to a five-day festival across the borough. Anita Luby reports.

Fabula, which means 'stories' in Latin, is a celebration of libraries and the arts. Organised by the Library Service and Culture Development Team, the festival brings together the very best in theatre, literature, music and creative arts and encourages festival attendees to discover their love of books and reading.

Popular comic poet John Hegley launches the 2017 festival with The Potato Show at Wanstead Library on 12 October (7.30pm; £5). John is a regular sell-out at The Edinburgh Festival. He has performed at the Montreal Comedy Festival, with Ulrika Jonsson and Anita Dobson in The Pyjama Game and on BBC Radio 4's Hearing with Hegley. John is widely known as one of the country's most innovative comic poets with several best-selling volumes of poetry to his name. Signed copies of John's books will be available to buy on the night.

Also at Wanstead Library, award-winning writer Lottie Moggach will be talking about her unputdownable new novel Under the Sun on 13 October (7.30pm; £3). Lottie is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel Kiss Me First – soon to be a major TV series for E4 and Netflix. Signed copies of Lottie's book will also be available to buy on the night.

Local schoolchildren will get the opportunity to meet former CBeebies presenter and acclaimed author Cerrie Burnell in a schools-only event, also at Wanstead Library. Cerrie will introduce the latest title in her much-loved series, Harper and the Fire Star, whilst over at Fulwell Cross Library, pre-schoolers will be able to enjoy a charming production of a children's classic, Handa's Surprise.

This year, the kids will take over Redbridge Central Library during the weekend of 14 and 15 October. The fantastic children's programme has been curated in collaboration with the Discover Storytelling Centre and will feature prominent children's authors and illustrators, such as Adam Stower (Grumbug and The Troll and Oliver) Guy Parker Rees (Giraffes Can't Dance), Trish Cooke (So Much) and Tolga Okogwu (Daddy Do My Hair). Kids will get the opportunity to explore creative writing with award-winning writer of the Poppy Pym series, Lauren Wood, whilst Kristyna Litten (Norton the Robot) will help youngsters create their own pet robot. Older kids can explore a range of creative tech workshops in the newly created Lab Central based at Redbridge Central Library. The festival will close with a spooktacular monster ball featuring popular party games.

This is just a flavour of all the amazing events planned, so make sure you don't miss out on all the fun!

Fabula Festival 2017 will run from 11 to 15 October at libraries across Redbridge. For a full list of events, visit

The Library and Culture Service is managed by Vision RCL on behalf of Redbridge Council.

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