Big Malarkey launches ‘Hibernation Inspiration’ to share the joy of Hull children’s creativity

Big Malarkey's Hibernation Inspiration
Big Malarkey’s Hibernation Inspiration launches on Monday 27th April. Photo: Jerome Whittingham.

On Monday, Hibernation Inspiration – a weekly creative activity for children to get stuck into as the nation continues to hunker down, from comedy to cartoons – will launch with the first in a series of weekly Big Malarkey Bulletins.  

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Big Malarkey Festival 2020 has sadly had to be postponed, with planning underway to hold a series of smaller events around the city later in the year and prepare for the festival again in 2021. 

Inspired by the many fantastic creations of local children online and on the city’s streets, Hull Libraries and the team behind the festival are launching this new Hibernation Inspiration weekly challenge for children and families. 

The first activity will be announced on Monday 27 April, with new activity announced every Monday morning until 29 June. Participants will have until 7pm the following Friday to make, create and send a picture of their finished creation to 

Each week, pictures received will be shared on the new “What’s Online” Hibernation Inspiration page on the Big Malarkey website. The gallery will be used to record the creations from the fantastic children and young people in Hull and how they have helped everyone with their creativity to get through this crisis. 

Ellen Bianchini, Festival Director, said: “We’re incredibly disappointed that our festival won’t be taking place this year as planned, however in these challenging and uncertain times, our priority must be to stay safe and look after each other – our staff, children, families and the wider community as a whole. 

“One thing is certain, no matter what, you can never lock down the imaginations of children! It really cheers us at this difficult time to see the colourful drawings and posters children have made and the videos and images shared online.

“We want to capture some of the amazing creativity of Hull’s young people through these strange days of isolation. So we’re creating a special gallery page on The Big Malarkey Festival website and have cooked up some ‘Hibernation Inspiration’ activities for you to get stuck into at home – a little cache of things to play with, from drawing and cartooning to craft and stories. We invite you to share the things you make with us so we can hang them in the gallery for everyone to see.”  

Councillor Marjorie Brabazon, Chair of Hull Culture and Leisure said: “We know how much children and families look forward to this festival and the team have done a great job creating online activities to help fill some time and offer something a little different to try.”

To be the first in the know, sign up to the Malarkey mailing list at 

Hull’s libraries may still be closed and the annual Big Malarkey Festival postponed until next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still plenty of activities and services available to access online to help spark inspiration and fill these uncertain days.

Also, anyone who has a library card can access a wide range of free online resources remotely from ebooks to magazines, games and music.  

Ellen added: “As you stay safe at home, we hope you’ll continue to get creative and share what you’ve created with us. Take care, keep writing, reading, drawing, making and using your imagination and we’ll all get together again as soon as we can!”

You can sign up to the Big Malarkey mailing list here to receive weekly activities via email and more about future events, or look out for announcements on Hull Libraries Facebook and Twitter pages.


[Laura Aspin – Home PR]

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