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March 14, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Storytelling
  • Workshop
  • Young Essex

Dragon Detective:Catnapped! Workshop

Gareth P Jones
Gareth P Jones and Dragon Detective 3x2


Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street
Colchester, CO1 1JH
Accompanying Adult Free

The Dragon Detective is in town and he needs your help to solve a mystery, but author Gareth P Jones is also in town and he needs your help writing one. In this interactive event, you the audience become the authors, producers and stars of a brand-new Whodunit. Unpredictable, musical and hilarious, Gareth’s performances are totally unique and not to be missed.

For 7-11 year olds.

Also don’t miss Gareth storytelling later in the day in our pop-up storytelling armchair at 2.00pm.

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Dragon Detective – Catnapped!

“The Dragon Detective Agency. Dirk Dilly speaking.”

Cynical, tough and world weary, Dirk Dilly sounds like your average hard-nosed private detective. What his clients don’t realise is that the gruff voiced detective is actually a dragon who runs the detective agency from his upstairs flat in South London.

When detective Dirk Dilly gets a call from Holly, a young girl whose pet cat has gone missing, the dragon ends up with not only a new case to solve but also a self-appointed partner-in-solving-crime. And it turns out that Holly’s cat is just the beginning!

It seems he ain’t the only dragon in town…

This series is led by a dragon with tonnes of personality and a strong young female character. Over the course of four books, Dirk Dilly and Holly uncover devilish plots by a secret sect of dragons known as the Kinghorns intent on waging war on the world of humans. As their friendship grows and the plots thicken, they travel all around (and deep inside) the world as they fight to prevent their two worlds colliding.


Cover Illustration by Scott Brown


Gareth P Jones


About the Author

Gareth P. Jones is an award-winning and much-loved children’s author with a wealth of event experience. The first book in the Dragon Detective series was shortlisted for the Waterstones Book Prize 2007 and it launched Gareth’s publishing career, which currently includes over 40 books, including
cult classic The Thornthwaite Inheritance, the Ninja Meerkats and Pet Defenders series, and The Considine Curse, for which he won the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2012. He lives in south London with his family, though you’ll often find him on a stage with a ukulele, trumpet, and loop pedal.

Find Gareth online:
Twitter: @jonesgarethp
Instagram: @jonesgarethp


Lewis Gardens, High Street
Colchester, CO1 1JH
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Hearing Loop: Firstsite does not have a hearing loop system in this room.

Essex Book Festival has a mobile Roger Pen hearing loop system, which needs to be booked by individuals in advance at least five days before the event. If you would like to use the Roger Pen email [email protected]