SCHOOLS EVENT: Lenny Henry, The Boy With Wings

Birmingham Literature Festival is proud to welcome Sir Lenny Henry to the Birmingham REP for a one-off, exclusive event for schools.

For School Years 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Sir Lenny will be talking about his latest book for 9-12 year olds, Clash of the Superkids, part of the bestselling The Boy With Wings series. It is illustrated by Keenon Ferrell, an illustrator and animator based in New York City.

In this highly interactive, fun, inspiring author event, Sir Lenny will talk about his Boy With Wings series of books which are loved by children across the UK and abroad, read from his new book Clash of the Superkids, as well as invite students from the schools attending to create a character with him live on stage. He will also take questions from the audience.


Booksigning will be available after the event. Please buy your tickets in advance through the box office so they can be ready for you. Sir Lenny will be happy to sign copies for your school library, but may not be able to sign individual copies due to the size of the audience expected. A member of staff from Birmingham Literature Festival will be in touch with schools in the weeks prior to the event to discuss this.

Speaker biography:

Sir Lenny Henry has risen from being a star on children’s television to becoming one of Britain’s best-known comedians, as well as a writer, philanthropist and award-winning actor. He is co-founder of Comic Relief. Lenny is a strong advocate for diversity, and is the author of The Book of Legends, The Boy With Wings, and The Boy With Wings: Attack of the Rampaging Robot. For Lenny, his passion for writing stems from wanting to create the stories that he would have loved to have read as a child, featuring characters like him.
You can follow Lenny on Twitter @LennyHenry.


School Years 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8
Tickets: £4 per child (accompanying adults FREE but must be booked)
Book for booksigning: £12.99 hardback, available through our box office
Packed lunches are welcome and can be eaten in the Birmingham REP after the event.


Coaches can drop off on Cambridge Street, behind the Birmingham REP, and classes can walk round to the main entrance to the building on Centenary Square.
The Birmingham REP Theatre is less than 10 mins’ walk from Birmingham Snow Hill and Birmingham New Street stations.
The tram stop “Library” is on Centenary Square, right outside the venue.
Local buses run along Broad Street. You can map your route here.
Did you know? You can get a National Express Class Pass and come by bus. It’s available to use all year on any National Express bus in the West Midlands and Coventry for a one-off fee.

Make a day of it: other things nearby

Visit the Library of Birmingham including the Shakespeare Memorial Room: free, in the same building as the Birmingham REP Theatre. No booking required.
Visit Centenary Square: free, outside the Birmingham REP and Library of Birmingham. No booking required.
Visit the ICC and Brindleyplace: next to the Birmingham REP, less than 5 mins’ walk. No booking required.

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Birmingham Rep Theatre


Birmingham Rep Theatre
Centenary Square, Birmingham


06 Oct 2023


11:00 am - 12:00 pm


£4 (child) / Adults FREE