Come along to a cultural storytelling session with Essex-based Teacher and Writer, Sade Fadipe, as she shares from her book A Fun ABC.
Join her main character, Adanah, as she goes on an alphabetical adventure, visiting her grandfather in a far-away place.
Told in a Claps, Rhymes and Rhythms, this is bound to be lots of fun, with Arts & Craft too.
For ages 4+.
Part of Midsummer Madness – Our one day mini-festival for families and young people at Cressing Temple Barns. Storytelling, theatre, poetry, eco-crafts, comics, coding, and mud pies galore in our pop-up forest school, what’s not to like!
After living and schooling in Rolvenden, Kent, with her English foster mother, at age six, Sade was to accompany her parents to live in Nigeria. With a first degree in English-Linguistics, and bagged with cultural accessories, she reunited with her foster family in the nineties.
Sade attained a Post-graduate in Education here in England and taught in primary schools within the London boroughs of Southwark, Redbridge, and also in Essex. She is currently rounding up an MA in Creative Writing and Publishing.
However, it was back in 1996, when Guest Author, Sir Quentin Blake visited her school that an interest in writing was first sparked. Her debut, A Fun ABC was published by Cassava Republic Press in 2016.
A Fun ABC (2016). Re-title to A Visit to Grandad (2019) in the USA, for ages 3-7
Snowy JOY (illustrated chapter book), for ages 9-11
A Bouncy 123 (Cassava Republic Press, 2024), for ages 3-7
Kemi’s Wunder Okuta Kingdom – a Fantasy Animal Series (Treasure Tree Books, 2024), for ages 5-8
Sade’s bi-cultural identity weaves through the realistic-fiction picture she creates and stories she tells.
Knowing that not everyone will have the opportunity of visiting or living in West Africa, she unapologetically showcases the continent in its rural glory.
Through her books, she celebrates and introduces both African and non-African children to the music, food, culture, family bonds that Africans experience, the contemporary gender roles they exhibit and emphasises on the humanity that binds us.
Midsummer Madness is kindly funded by the Essex County Council Arts and Cultural fund
The Essex County Council Arts and Cultural fund has been designed to help organisations and practitioners to deliver a broad and exciting range of work and activity to engage with and bring residents together.
The arts, cultural and creative projects supported by the Essex County Council Arts and Cultural Fund, will contribute to the Levelling UP Essex Strategy and play an integral part in enabling the objectives of Essex County Council’s wider objectives as set out in Everyone’s Essex.
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