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    #Merky Superheroes: Stories of Secret Strength

    Thu 28 Oct, 1pm UTC
    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Literature & poetry
    £12 adults, £9 children
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    Merky Superheroes Princess K illustration
    Denzell Dankwah

    It’s time to suit up as a book about modern day heroes sets the tone for a day of interactive inspiration for all the family.

    What do you want to be when you grow up?

    Superheroes: Inspiring Stories of Secret Strength, the new book from author Sophia Thakur, Stormzy and the #Merky Books team, empowers kids by highlighting modern-day heroes from across the worlds of sport, food and the arts.

    Alongside the book’s author, the performance poet Sophia Thakur, a league of superheroes swoop in to visit, including dancer Princess K, illustrator Denzell Dankwah, the Chineke! Orchestra and playwright Theresa Ikoko.

    To build on their mission of inspiring the next generation to harness their powers, this launch packs in a day of performances, music, poetry and workshops for families and children of all ages.

    Presented in partnership with #Merky Books

    Need to know

    Age recommendation/restriction

    For ages 8+

    This event is followed by a book signing.

    Copies of Superheroes: Inspiring Stories of Secret Strength, are available for £12.99 (RRP £16.99) when you buy a ticket to the talk. These may be collected at the event.

    Dates & times

    Thu 28 Oct, 1pm UTC

    Price

    £12 adults, £9 children*

    Concessions 25%**


    * Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

    ** Limited availability. Read about concessions.

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