My Favourite Childhood Book
When: Mon 11 Nov 2013, 18.30-20.00
Where: Conference Centre, British Library
Price: £7.50 / £5 concessions
In this engaging panel discussion, a group of award-winning authors and illustrators share their favourite classic children’s book. From talking animals to mythical creatures, rural locations via magical landscapes, and adventure stories to funny tales, join renowned children’s author Lauren Child, chair Julia Eccleshare, Laura Dockrill, Ian Beck and Philip Ardagh as they champion much-loved stories, characters and settings.
In association with The Folio Society
Julia Eccleshare (Chair) is a writer, broadcaster and lecturer as well as Children’s Books Editor of The Guardian. In addition to numerous anthologies, her books include, Treasure Islands: The Woman’s Hour Guide to Children’s Reading (BBC Books, 1987), A Guide to the Harry Potter Novels (Continuum, 2002) and The Rough Guide to Picture Books, (Rough Guides, 2007). She is chair of the Guardian Children’s Book Prize and founder and chair of the Branford Boase first novel prize. Julia won the Eleanor Farjeon Award 2000 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to children’s books and is a founder member of the steering committee for the Children’s Laureate, and a trustee of Listening Books and the Poetry Book Society.
Ian Beck began illustrating children’s books in the 1980’s, until he was encouraged to write and illustrate his own story The Teddy Robber (Doubleday 1989). All his time is now spent writing and illustrating his own books and novels for children and young adults of which he has published over seventy five. Ian’s book Home Before Dark won the Ownagata prize in Japan. Alone in the Woods won gold in the Best Toy Awards 2000, as did The Happy Bee. He tours schools and libraries at home and abroad talking about his own work and often lectures on the work of other authors and illustrators.
Lauren Child is a multi award-winning, bestselling writer and artist whose books are known and loved the world over. She is the creator of many much-loved characters, including Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola. Since her first book was published in 1999, Lauren has sold over 3 million books in 19 languages worldwide. Her many awards include the prestigious Kate Greenaway Prize for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, the Nestle Gold Book Award for That Pesky Rat and the Nestle Bronze Book Award for Beware of the Storybook Wolves. In 2008 Lauren launched UNESCO’s My Life is a Story Campaign for UNESCO’s Programme for the Education of Children in Need.
Named as one of the top ten literary talents by The Times and one of the top twenty hot faces to watch by ELLE magazine, Laura Dockrill is a young, talented writer/illustrator who is a graduate of the Brits School of Performing Arts. Laura has performed her work at the Edinburgh Fringe, Camp Bestival, Latitude, Bookslam and the Soho Theatre, and on numerous media appearances. She has been a roaming reporter for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and is on the advisory panel at the Ministry of Stories. Darcy Burdock, published in February 2013 was Laura’s debut children’s book, the second book in the series will be published by Random House Children’s Publishers in March 2014.
Children's author Philip Ardagh won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2009 and this year has become the first winner to have been shortlisted again, this time for The Grunts All at Sea with Axel Scheffler. He's probably best known for his Eddie Dickens adventures, translated into 34 languages. He wrote the BBC's first truly interactive radio serial, collaborated with Sir Paul McCartney on the ex-Beatles only children's book, and is regular-ish reviewer of children's books in The Guardian. He writes both fiction and non-fiction with over 100 books to his name.