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The Big Malarkey Festival 2022

June 25 - June 26

Get ready! Hull’s much-loved Big Malarkey Festival returns  with a diverse and vibrant programme for 2022.

GRAB your family, friends and imagination, and get ready to gather once again in Malarkey Park to enter a world beyond the stories. Hull’s much-loved family festival The Big Malarkey returns to East Park Hull later this month, with everything from literary legends to whizz-bang science demos.

The festival opens on Tuesday 21 June with an action-packed four-day school programme, before opening its gates to the public on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June.

So much more than books, The Big Malarkey is a festival of ideas, creativity and discovery. Hosted by Hull Libraries and a legacy of Hull’s UK City of Culture programme, The Big Malarkey Festival has grown and evolved since its first festival in 2017, as authors and illustrators come together alongside artists, creators and makers to showcase the wonderful world the city’s libraries offer.

This year’s programme is diverse and engaging with more events than ever for older children, including: award-winning performance poet and author Laura Dockrill, author of the Darcy Burdock series; Phil Earle, local author and winner of the British Book Awards Fiction Book of the Year for his incredible book When The Sky Falls; Lucasfilm and Doctor Who illustrator (and son of Hull) JAKe, and writer and BBC6 music broadcaster Jeffrey Boakye (check out the full programme here for all the details).

What’s The Story? is the theme for 2022, as East Park is once again transformed into a colourful festival village with the return of an array of tents including the Big TopLittle Larkeys, Beautiful Planet, Makerspace, Make it Take It, Live and Kicking, Hull Maritime and BIPC Hull with a host of opportunities to meet authors, illustrators, artists, thinkers and scientists.

As well as workshops, talks and performances there will be the usual host of outdoor and pop-up activities, including storyteller Ian DouglasThe HerdBish Bash BoshThe Aristocrats, and Calvin Innes’ Doodle Room.

New to the festival for 2022 is Booklove, a multicultural traveling book carnival, as Samantha Williams returns to the festival with a colourful interactive pop-up carnival shop, offering an abundance of inclusive and anti-racist books, and a specially–curated programme of music and storytelling.

A bigger Writers Bloc returns for 2022 with a fantastic programme for 6-16-year-olds. From songwriters to broadcasters, historians and storytellers, unlock the joy of playing with words as you’re invited to write and submit your own stuff.

Visit the Library tent to be one of the first to get your hands on a new library card – choose from seven exclusive designs created by Hull artist Lydia Caprani.

You can even go wild in the Stone Age and try your hand at fire-lighting, cooking over an open stove and campfire storytelling with Rewilding Youth.


Get ready to unleash your imagination for a festival of fun for the whole family! Tickets are now on sale and are priced from £5 for adults, £2.50 for children (1-16 years), £14 for a group of 2 adults and 2 children. Babies in arms go free, disabled adults £4. Tickets are available from branches of Hull Libraries or at www.thebigmalarkeyfestival.com Tickets purchased at the festival gate will be priced at £6 for adults, £3 for children and £16 for a family group.


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June 25
June 26