Celebrating arts and literature across London libraries - SPINE Festival returns from the 3rd-5th March 2016

SPINE Festival 2016 celebrates arts and literature across London libraries with loads of FREE, fun activities and events for children, families and young people. From music, dance and drama, to poetry, storytelling and animation, there’s something for everyone to get involved in and enjoy!




Travel back with Katie to Half Moon Theatre’s Lullaby Lane, irresistible melodies and delightful songs exploring friendship, community and dancing feet! Let your imaginations run wild as visual artist Caroline Jupp gets creative with Mysterious Beasts and Creepy plants. Discover the brilliant world of comics in author, animator and film maker, Helen Piercy’s Manga Workshop and Animation Workshop. Through music and magic, help a very shy creature find his voice at the Whispering Smith Puppet Show. Award winning children’s author Frances Hardinge will clarify creepy creations, What Makes a Story Scary? Come and find out. Plus, so much more!



We’ve got five top professional artists to be our SPINE Festival 2016 Artists in Residence (AiR) and Poet in Residence. Based in libraries across London, each AIR will lead FREE workshops in their specialist artform for library goers to enjoy!

More information and the full programme of events can be found listed on the Apples and Snakes website.


SPINE is developed by Apples and Snakes’ with the aim of engaging more children and young people with literature and creative and cultural activities in their local libraries, as well as to encourage schools to build lasting connections for longer­ term impact.

SPINE Festival was produced by Apples and Snakes in partnership with library authorities across London.