This entertaining and interactive exhibition brings to life the stories of acclaimed children’s author and illustrator, Helen Stephens.
Named after her most recent book, How to Hide a Lion (nominated in this year’s prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal award), the exhibition explores where the ideas and inspiration for Stephens’ characters come from and how she turns those ideas into stories.
Enjoy delving into the dressing up rack, having your picture taken alongside a caricature of a lion, or make full use of the reading area and the role playing table. The exhibition is complemented by family friendly information panels, plus some of Helen’s original artwork and other stories, such as Fleabag, and large cut-out characters from her books. There will also be a lion trail around the whole Museum.
Helen, who grew up in the nearby village of Staindrop, is also famed for her illustration work. She has recently completed the visuals for Michael
Morpurgo’s (of War Horse fame) latest children’s book Jo-Jo and the Melon Donkey, released in August 2013, an early draft of which has been loaned to the exhibition by the author.
The show also features a variety of objects relating to Stephens, including school reports and drawings, while limited edition prints from her
books will be on sale in the Museum Shop.