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School and Community Events.

Horse + Bamboo: The Adventures of Pom – Horse + Bamboo Theatre will perform The Adventures of Pom in Castle Hill Nursery and Todmorden Children’s Centre. Leading early years storyteller and performance artist Ruthie Boycott-Garnett has been commissioned by Big Imaginations to create a visual and sensory exploration of the Greek myth Persephone with music, moving images and puppetry that will inspire and delight children from a few weeks old to full grown adults.


Yellow petals, singing birds, soft grass beneath your feet. Welcome to spring. And here is Pom, climber of trees, chaser of butterflies. Her lovely cheeky face makes her mum so happy and all is good. But what’s this door in the lush green grass? This deep dark open door… you don’t want to go in there, do you?


Horse + Bamboo create immersive theatre experiences and sensory performances for young families. The company has developed a series of shows for non-theatre spaces where parents, babies and toddlers can have fun together, listen to stories and explore the world around them in places they already visit.

Poetry of the Holocaust at Todmorden High School – Jean Boase-Beier and Marian de Vooght will read from their new anthology Poetry of the Holocaust and discuss the poetry that arose from the Holocaust with Key Stage 3 and 4 students. The collection includes poems from languages not often associated with the Holocaust, poems by gay people, and by and about those victimised for their perceived disabilities or for their religious or political beliefs.

Chris Mould: Return of the Iron Man – Award-winning children’s author and illustrator Chris Mould will talk about his latest book, a new illustrated edition of Ted Hughes’ timeless classic The Iron Man, and demonstrate his drawing technique for children in Y4, Y5 and Y6 at Walsden St Peter’s and Cornholme primary schools.


Chris Mould has illustrated picture books and young fiction, including his own series of books Something Wickedly Weird, and worked with Matt Haig on A Boy Called Christmas, A Girl Called Christmas and Father Christmas and Me. He won a Nottingham Children’s Book Award, was commended by the Sheffield Children’s Book Awards, and was short-listed for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for Pirates ‘n’ Pistols in 2013. Chris likes to write and draw the kind of books he would have liked to have had on his shelf as a boy. He lives in Yorkshire with his family.

Harry Heape: Shiny Pippin and the Impossible Door – Local children’s author Harry Heape’s popular books about a girl called Pippin who can talk to animals include Shiny Pippin and the Broken ForestShiny Pippin and the Monkey Burglars, and his new book Shiny Pippin and the Impossible Door.  Harry will read from his hilarious new book in Ferney Lee, Castle Hill, Shade, Todmorden and St Joseph’s primary schools.

4 Hoarse Men – Local acoustic band 4 Hoarse Men will perform in Dementia Friendly Todmorden’s Daisy’s Cafe in Todmorden Health Centre and Waterside Lodge Care Home.


Phil, Piff, Rich and John came together as The 4 Hoarse Men in 2015 and have been entertaining audiences around West Yorkshire ever since. They sing a wide range of songs including their own.