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October 27, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - October 28, 2023 @ 3:30 pm
  • FREE
  • Online
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  • Young Essex

Children & Authors’ Literary Fanfare Event

Various authors including Sade Fadipe, Florence Ọlájídé, Amaka Ekwegh, Chigozie Mbadugha, Cynthia Etim and more


Online via Zoom,
Booking essential

Children & Authors’ Literary Fanfare Event (CALFE)

Celebrating Black History Month ’23

On it’s 3rd run, CALFE ’23 promises great book-tainment like no other!

Online: Friday 27th October 2023, 5:00 – 8:00pm BST on Zoom
In person: Saturday 28th October 2023, 10.30am – 3.30pm at Chelmsford Museum

Once again, Children & Authors’ Literary Fanfare 2023 will be presenting: Readings, Storytelling, Poetry, Music and Creatively engaging activities, from children’s Authors of culturally diverse heritage, and from countries across the globe!

Titled Wonder Books & Magical Reads, it promises to be interactive, fast-paced and highly engaging!

For ages 4-11year olds.

The aim is to get younger generations hooked on books, that serve as mirrors, windows, and doors, equipping them to confidently embrace their uniquely-innate abilities. We understand how such support is crucial to growing up with a positive image, as boosting their self esteem, is key to achieving their full potential.

Organised by Sade Fadipe, The Kiddie-Writers Forum & Friends


CALFE Online

Friday 27th October, 5.00-8.00pm


Amaka Ekwegh, Author: Dodie the donkey 

Chigozie Mbadugha, Author: Finding Kitty

Cynthia Etim, Storyteller: Kody’s Animated Folktale

Dave Caswell, Author: Kolo and the Mighty Mangoes

Florence Ọlájídé, Publisher: Hope’s Braids

Gloria Dixon: Croydon Library’s Africa n Caribbean Collection

Izehi Anuge, Author: Captain Excellence & The Magical Dragon

Kamapala Chukwuka, Author: Kind Obi

Maria Longe, Author: Vultures to the Rescue

Sade Fadipe, Author: Snowy Joy

Tomi Adetayo, Author: The Adventures of Dele the Street Kid

Tolu Shofule, Author & Publisher

Ugo Anidi, Author: Half Hour Hara


It’s a free event in celebration of UK’s Black History Month, 2023. Register today at eventbrite.co.uk/e/children-authors-literary-fanfare-event-black-history-month-23



CALFE at Chelmsford Museum

Saturday 28th October, 10.30am – 3.30pm

Supported by New Generation Development Agency and BABE


Margaret’s Music Ltd – Music and Instruments for the Under 5s 

Esopip Africa & Datoyne Adjei – Art & Crafts and The Mankala

Focus Lane Books – Indigenous Games and the Mankala

Patti Sloley – Utensils from the Last & The Spice Workshop

The Big Dress-up – African Parade

Carrol M. Nelson – Children’s Fiction

Sade Fadipe – Children’s Fiction

SP K-Mushambi – Children’s Fiction

Florence Ọlájídé, Children’s Fiction


Promotion Partners:
Essex Book Festival
Red Lions Bookstore, Colchester
Chelmsford Ideas Hub – CIH
New Generation Development Agency, Chelmsford – NGDA
Black and Being Essex – B.A.B.E.
African & Caribbean Book and Writers’ Group – ACBWG, Chelmsford

Hosts & Technical Team:
Doyin Lana (SWEET Business Network)
Sammy Mkuku (Education Specialist Zimbabwe)
Mr. Lanre Yusuf (Co-ordinator, Give-Back Book Drive)
Farida Ladipo-Ajayi (The Bookworm Café – Lagos, Nigeria)
Adesola Alli (Kids Literary Circle – Lagos – Nigeria)
Gbemi Isimi (Culturetree, UK)
Faye Akpalu (Author Yaayaa’s Hair Wash Day)




Online via Zoom