Big Draw Saturday 24th October Barber Institute- Important update and everything you need to know!

Thank you very much to everyone who has booked tickets for tomorrow’s Big Draw at the Barber Institute. There are still tickets available at the Barber Institute, The Bournville Community Hub and online via the Busy Parents Network Facebook page.

Very sadly, author-illustrator James Mayhew has been taken into hospital so won’t be able to join us tomorrow.

But we’re delighted to say that dad on the Network and amazing actor and theatre producer Jake Oldershaw of Untied Artists has very kindly stepped in to take James’ place, so the show will go on!

Jake will be dressed in Russian costume playing the part of composer Mussorgsky based on James Mayhew’s script. Local children’s illustrator Kate Hindley will paint live on stage to music for the children.

Thanks to everyone for all your support for this event and for your understanding about the change of plan.

It’s going to be an amazing event and we really look forward to welcoming everyone tomorrow!

Practical Details

Timetable for the Day

You are welcome to arrive any time between 11am and 4pm. The concerts are on at 11.30am and 2.30pm and will last for about an hour.

Award-winning author and illustrator Simon James will be talking about what inspired him to take up drawing, his love of it and he will be doing lots of drawings too! Simon’s sessions are on at 12.45pm and 2.45pm so that you can see both Simon and the concert.

Simon will be available after both his sessions to sign and draw in books!

We have Annamation Storytellers up in the galleries at the Barber storytelling about 2 pictures. These sessions will last 20 minutes and will be on at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

All day we will have 2 professional artists in the foyer running our drawing have-a-go activity where children can draw and make their own concertina books.


There is lots of parking available on the University of Birmingham campus.

There is a small car park adjacent to the Barber Institute. Once this is full, there is plenty of parking in the multi storey car park in Pritchards Road which is a 3 minute walk from the Barber.

You can also travel by train to the University station on the cross city line. The University station is about a 10 minute walk to the Barber Institute.

There are lots of bike racks too!


You are very welcome to bring a packed lunch with you to this event.

We will also have a homemade cake stall with loads of scrummy cakes! We are selling cakes to fundraise for our Bournville Children’s Book Festival 2016.By buying a slice of cake you will be helping to pay top authors like Nick Sharratt come along so please do support us!

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

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