Hippo causes Big Malarkey in Hull city centre

Hippochondriac by Thingumajig Theatre. Photo by Big Malarkey photographer Jerome Whittingham @Photomoments

A hippo was causing havoc in Hull city centre today as Hull Libraries announced the programme for this year’s The Big Malarkey Festival – Hull’s children’s literature festival. Tickets are available from today for the festival taking place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June 2019 in East Park, Hull. 

The festival programme was launched this weekend and visitors to Hull city centre on Saturday got to experience a flavour of what’s to come as the giant hippo, Hieronymus by Thingumajig Theatre, wandered the streets spreading the word about the exciting line-up for this year’s festival. 

Back for its third year, the festival will feature an eclectic programme offering a culture of discovery for children of all ages as families are invited to step into a world of imagination and discover new and much-loved stories in a playful and celebratory programme.

Marjorie Brabazon, Chair of Hull Culture and Leisure, explained: “Join the Library, see the world! is our theme for 2019 as we invite children and families to use their library card to unlock all kinds of worlds through the books and services that Hull Libraries offer.

“From giant hippos to curious creations of all shapes and sizes, The Big Malarkey Festival gives them an exciting glimpse into this world as we bring well-loved stories to life. 

“Festival-goers will have the opportunity to meet new and familiar authors and children will have the opportunity to experience a world of words and imagination, from comic books and plays to puppetry and revolting rhymes.”

This year’s festival will have something for children of all ages, including an extensive programme for teens. Guests include major award-winning children’s authors Caroline Lawrence (Roman mysteries series) and Lisa Williamson (The Art of Being Normal), as well as illustrator Nick Sharratt and actor Simon Callow, who will narrate Roald Dahl’s Dirty Beasts in the festival’s Sunday finale. 

New for 2019 is an exhibition on the history of writing, ‘Make Your Mark’ and a marquee run by Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City (HYMC) where children can meet characters from the city’s maritime past. Local artists include Joe Hakim, Mambo Jambo, Cassandra Parkin, The Herd, Hull Truck Theatre, Camille Malaawy and Hull Freedom Chorus. Hull’s very own children’s author, Phil Earle, is the festival’s Writer in residence for the weekend and Hull Libraries will be launching their own children’s picture book for early years. 

The Big Malarkey Festival includes a comprehensive schools programme as teachers and school children are invited to step into Malarkey Park from 26-28 June. 

The Festival has been awarded funding for the next two years from Arts Council England and the James Reckitt Library Trust. Business Sponsors are Living with Water, who will be running activities for schools and a ‘design-a-city’ competition. KCOM is also supporting the festival for the second year running.

The Big Malarkey Festival runs from 26-30 June in East Park, Hull. 

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from any Hull library and online at www.thebigmalarkeyfestival.com. Adult tickets are priced at £5 per day, children’s tickets are £2.50 and under ones go free.

Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy in Malarkey Park while refreshments and food will be available to purchase from a range of vendors.   

For further information visit www.thebigmalarkeyfestival.com 

[Laura Andrew – Home PR]