An odd title for today’s blog, to reflect the eclectic mix of events that were on offer on this, day four of the festival.

We began this morning with John Kirk’s telling of The Twits. The theatre was packed – seriously, we needed extra chairs. The enthralled audience were treated to a high energy performance of The Twits. There was a beard, of course, worms, monkeys, frogs, a glass eye…the list goes on and on.

There was also a fair amount of water sprayed and brushed around. Naughty Mr Twit! Not to worry though, because twelve mischievous monkeys from the audience got their own back on the terrible Twits.

If you get the chance, do go along and see John in action. We’re hoping to welcome him back to Brentwood in the near future, but whilst you wait, he’s performing all over the place.


The afternoon began with a story session at Brentwood Library. It was lovely to see so many keen children in the audience, ready to hear stories and join in with actions galore. It was also great to see our beloved library so busy, full of children signing up for the Summer Reading Challenge.

Once the stories were read, and the actions actioned, we were joined by Renate, from Step into Yoga (one of the festival’s sponsors), for a fun yoga session, just right for children. Bliss.


And that’s not all. We squeezed in another event today. Sara Grant, author of, amongst other titles, Chasing Danger and Mystery at the Ice Hotel, was on hand to help the audience unravel a mystery. This was another highly interactive event, with members of the audience acting out a scene, before using additional clues to solve the case of the missing note book.

Who knew that there were so many budding young actors in and around Brentwood? Clever Hannah, a member of the audience, worked out whodunnit and was rewarded with a signed copy of Mystery at the Ice Hotel. Lucky girl.


Another day & more awesomeness from @BwdLitFest & @chickenandfrog & @AuthorSaraGrant with a mystery to solve! @Scholastic #chasingdanger

Just saw @jkstorytelling at the @BwdLitFest . Absolutely amazing! Blog post to come later on! #brentwood #thetwits

Both Oscar, 5 and Amelia, 12 absolutely loved John Kirk The Twits. Highly recommend 😀👍

Thanks @PastelReaders-it was great to be involved in @BwdLitFest.Enjoy the rest of the festival!