Winter’s Tales with Shappi Khorsandi

Monday 18 Dec, 2.00pm

Winter’s Tales with Shappi Khorsandi
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

Shappi Khorsandi reads from the Just So Stories: Kipling’s timeless tales of fantastic explanations for elephants’ trunks and camels’ humps.

Recommended for ages 4+

Shappi Khorsandi

The daughter of an exiled writer and comic from Iran, Shappi’s upbringing has been in no way conventional. From mental illness to opium dens, it’s all gone on in the Khorsandi household and now she recounts it all the only way she knows how, with wit, warmth and hilarity.

Shappi took her one women show Carry on Shappi to the 2008 Edinburgh Festival and then on to The Soho Theatre. In 2007, Shappi won Best Breakthrough Act at the Chortle Awards. That same year, she took her show Carry on Shappito the Fringe when she was eight months pregnant, enticing at least one critic to plead ‘go and see her before her waters break!’ She was back in early 2008, taking Carry on Shappi to the Soho Theatre in London. Shappi’s 2006 show, Asylum Speakerwas an Edinburgh sell-out, followed by an extended run at The Soho Theatre.

Shappi has appeared on Have I Got News For You, on BBC1’s Lenny’s Britain and BBC4’s Never Mind the Full Stops. She’s a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 programmes such as Quote… UnquoteThe Now ShowJust a Minute, and also contributed to From Tehran With Laughter. Shappi has also taken part in BBC4’s The Big Read. Shappi is a sought after cultural commentator appearing on ITV’s Sunday Edition, BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Radio 5 Live, BBC World Service & LBC and also in The Guardian, The Independent, Metro and on BBC News website. She was also a panellist on BBC’s Question Time. Shappi has presented a series for Open University and is a regular roving reporter for BBC South’s Inside Out. She has gigged internationally in the United States, the Middle East, Singapore, Australia and Amsterdam. Comedy is a family business for the Khorsandi’s. In Los Angeles, Shappi performed in a seven week sell-out run with her brother in a show called How to be Iranian as well as starring in her own one hour show. Other work in America included a month-long tour supporting her father in his extremely popular stand-up show.

Winter’s Tales is supporting Give a Book, a local charity gifting books to a wide range of people who might otherwise not have access to them in schools, prisons and other organisations.  Winter’s Tales will also help to raise funds and awareness for the Kensington and Chelsea Foundation Grenfell Tower fund. The K&C Foundation is an independent local charity and 100% of the money it receives for the fund will support the residents who lived in Grenfell Tower and others affected from the local community.

With your ticket to any event in the Winter’s Tales series you can: Come and meet Santa in our Christmas Grotto. Create your own Christmas tree decorations. Stock up on stocking fillers in our pop-up book shop. Enter our Christmas story-writing competition. And enjoy mulled wine or spiced apple juice in our magical underground wonderland.

Print Room at the Coronet Little Writers Competition

As part of our Winter’s Tales storytelling festival, children in Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 are invited to enter an original short story into our Little Writers Competition. The story can be on any subject, and must fit on one A4 page. Handwritten and typed entries will be accepted. For each group, a first prize and a runner-up prize will be awarded. All winning stories will be published here, on our website. Prize winners will receive books from Lutyens & Rubinstein, a chocolate goody-bag and a signed certificate.

Entries should be emailed to The deadline for entries is midnight on 31 December 2017. Winners will be announced in January.

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