Learn Live: Food in Children's Literature

Illustration of Mrs Beeton puddings

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Explore delicious literary creations

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Since the earliest iterations of children’s literature – from fairy tales and oral tradition – food has played an integral part in the narrative. It continues to do so in children’s books today.

This online course will provide a place for attendees to consider and interrogate the various roles the food plays in children’s literature, from jars of marmalade in Michael Bond’s A Bear Called Paddington to Marmaduke Scarlet’s feast in Elizabeth Goudge’s The Little White Horse, to mapo tofu and char siu buns in Katie and Kevin Tsang’s Dragon Mountain. While the primary focus will be placed on reading fictional texts, there will also be an opportunity to draft and discuss some non-fiction food writing of your own.

No previous knowledge or experience is required, though you will be asked to bring along your favourite examples of detailed, visceral, delicious food writing in children’s fiction. You will be provided with a pre-course reading pack and signposted to additional online resources, both at the British Library, and beyond.

This course takes place on Zoom and we will email you a joining link the day before. There will be opportunities to ask the tutor, Kate Young, questions throughout, and have conversations with your fellow participants in virtual breakout rooms.

Live captions will be provided by Stagetext.

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Name: Learn Live: Food in Children's Literature
Where: Entrance Hall
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £20.00
Student: £16.00
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Senior (60+): £18.00
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