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Star Wars weekend brings the force to Seven Stories in Newcastle

Grab your lightsaber and head down to the National Centre for Children's Books in the Ouseburn where all things Star Wars will be celebrated

Callum Moffat Characters from Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
Characters from Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars fans should grab the nearest lightsaber and get themselves down to Seven Stories this weekend (Oct 11 and 12).

The National Centre for Children’s Books in Newcastle’s Ouseburn has two days of galactic celebration planned where young visitors (and probably some older ones as well) can have their photograph taken with characters from the Empire and the Rebel Alliance; and create their own origami Starfighter to take home.

Everyone is also encourage to arrived dressed in their best Star Wars costume too for a fancy dress masquerade parade competition at 12pm, with prizes supplied by Forbidden Planet, Newcastle.

As well as all this, the Centre will also welcome author Mark Brake, who dedicates himself to making science accessible to the rest of us and Jon Chase, a rapper, whose lyrics are aimed at young learners to inform, inspire and create a unique understanding of the world of science.

Jon and Mark will probe the fantastic frontier between movie magic and cutting edge science and explain how one of the most successful epics in entertainment history may actually anticipate real-life future science right here on earth.

Exciting stuff eh?

And that’s not all there is to get excited about. Official Lucas Film Ltd illustrator Jake Steel will be on hand to let visitors in on the tricks of the trade, demonstrating how to draw the Star Wars characters and answering any artistic questions which are fired at him.

Jake’s Prints will also be available to buy in the Seven Stories Bookshop all weekend.

  • The Star Wars weekend takes place at Seven Stories on October 11 and 12. Admission charges apply. The Science of Star Wars with Mark Brake and Jon Chase will be happening at 10.30am and 3pm on October 11 (£3 per person). The Star Wars Workshop with Jake Steel will take place on Sunday October 12 at 11am and 2pm. (£3 per person). Booking is essential for this activities. For more information and booking details, visit www.sevenstories.org.uk

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