Family workshop with author Becci Louise at Waterstones, Saturday, 9 September, 2 – 3 pm

becci-imageBecci Louise, poet, performer and educator, will captivate audiences both young and old with her verse-stories of an octopus who dreams of stars (and gets caught by a fisherman!) and you may even get to meet her tiny parrot, Maya. Let the magic of the watery worlds she conjures draw out the latent poet in you.

Meet the author at the first of two free family friendly workshops:

Where: Waterstones, Children’s section

When: Saturday,  9th September, 2 – 3pm,  as part of Heritage Open Days,


Becci Louise new book, Octopus Medicine is poetry for the un-poetical. Deliberately subverting the typical view of poetry, it sweeps its way into strange and dreamlike narratives, calling upon the Octopus as a creature that represents loneliness, isolation, difference and the power of dreaming. These three narrative verses, all anchored around the central figure of the octopus, weave worlds designed to be shared by the young and old alike. This is poetry to heal the rift in society that means so many of our young and our old suffer from depression, from anxiety and from other mental health issues. Just like the ancient medicine animals of the old tribes, this is a book of prayers, incantations, totems and talismans.

If you miss the Waterstones workshop on September 9th, Becci Louise will be reading on Thames Festival as part of the #RiverCity conversations: Sat 16 Sept for a talk on ‘Murky Depths’ at 12.30 and a workshop 2-3pm.  For more information click here