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June 25, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Midsummer Madness
  • Performance
  • Poetry
  • Young Essex

When Creature Met Creature

John Agard


Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road
Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD
per child, accompanying adult free, under 4's free

John Agard
When Creature Met Creature

Join legendary author and performance poet John Agard who will delight us with a selection of readings including his 2022 children’s book When Creature Met Creature.

Sure to be warm, witty, generous, and flamboyant, it is not to be missed!

In association with Renaissance One.

Family friendly event, for children of all ages, most suitable for children 4 years+.
Tickets: £5 per child, accompanying adult free, under 4’s free, £5 per extra adult

All those aged under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.



John Agard is the recipient of many awards for his writing, including the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and, The Lifetime Achievement Award from Book Trust (2021).

A puckish, joyous and inimitable performer, mixing ‘straight’ English with Caribbean Creole to exhilarating effect.

His poetry collections for children and adults address many different themes, including ethnicity and ancient mythology, with a blend of wit, humour and acute observation of the human condition.



John Agard, Windrush Child

2023 will mark 75 years since the arrival of the Empire Windrush in 1948, bringing 500 passengers from the Caribbean to Tilbury, Essex, a moment that shaped modern Britain.

Watch John Agard reading Windrush Child



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!

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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Cressing Temple Barns
Witham Road
Braintree, Essex CM77 8PD
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There are two disabled toilets on site. Level access to all areas apart from Stables, Bake House and Granary. A mobility scooter is available to loan if booked in advance.