Take part in an empowering workshop on how to make change using the democratic process, using the story of British Indian suffragette Princess Sophia Duleep Singh as inspiration.
For ages: 9-12 years
Venue: Chelmsford Library, County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1QH
Tickets: Free, booking essential for workshops
Box Office: Book your tickets at eventbrite.co.uk
Date and time: Saturday 18th June, 12.15 – 1.45pm
Sufiya Ahmed is an award-winning children’s and YA author. She regularly visits secondary and primary schools to talk about her childhood dream to become an author. She also discusses her previous career in the Houses of Parliament to educate and inspire pupils about the democratic process and discusses how her political activism influences her writing. She is a public speaker on girls’ rights.
Her new children’s book is Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, published by Scholastic UK. The book on the suffragette will twin with her book Noor-Un-Nissa Inayat Khan, the story of the WWII heroine, Churchill’s spy. Both women feature in Sufiya’s Human/Girls Rights workshops as role models for their historical contribution to Britain.
Sufiya is the founder and director of the BIBI Foundation, a non-profit organisation which arranges visits to the Houses of Parliament for diverse and underprivileged children.
Published books include:
Secrets of the Henna Girl (YA Puffin Books)
Noor-Un-Nissa Inayat Khan (Scholastic Publishing)
Princess Sophia Duleep Singh (Scholastic Publishing)
Under the Great Plum Tree (Tiny Owl Publishing)
Ruby Ali’s Mission Break Up (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Here to Stay (OUP)
Famous Five – Timmy And The Treasure (Hachette)
Releasing in 2022:
The Search for Ayah (HarperCollins)
The Bravest Women (HarperCollins)
Rosie Raja, Churchill’s Spy (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Tales of Superheroes (Ladybird)
It’s Not About the Burqa (Picador)
Match Made in Heaven (Hope Publishing)
The event is part of a day of free family-friendly activities at Chelmsford Library. Find out more here.
Sing along to your favourite songs at Rhyme Time; get creative and crafting; hear stories read aloud with amazing authors who’ll be taking their seat in the Storytelling Armchair; and get techy with Ozobots!
10.15am Rhyme Time
11.00am Josie Dom: Lum’s Mum (Storytelling and activities) For ages 3-7
12.15pm Sufiya Ahmed: Campaigning for Girls Rights For ages 9-12 years
12.15pm Sade Fadipe: Fun Stories From Far Away! For ages 4+
Throughout the day: Drop-in Ozobot workshop; Pop-Up Storytelling Armchair; and crafting