The Philippa Pearce Lecture 2017

This Friday 8th September Chris Riddell will be giving the Philippa Pearce Lecture in Cambridge. His chosen theme is ‘The Age of the Beautiful Book’, and in this golden era of children’s literature, he is certainly on topic.

As we know, Chris Riddell was not only the prior Children’s Laureate, but has also illustrated over 150 books, won two CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals and three Nestle Smarties Book Prizes. He is a passionate advocate of children’s literature, especially visual literacy, which is such a vital component of the current younger generation’s vernacular, as well as being a campaigner for libraries in schools.

Chris Riddell. Copyright Photo Tom Pilston.

In the 2017 Philippa Pearce Lecture on Friday, Chris Riddell will talk about how words and pictures work together for a reader not only on a traditional page, but also in our new digital age. And also, how books are covetable as objects in their own right, valued for the words and illustrations inside as well as the production, and the importance of libraries in housing them.

The Philippa Pearce Lecture is an annual event that celebrates excellence in literature for children. Previous lectures have covered topics such as the significance of time, the place of fear, and what poetry is for, and previous speakers have included Allan Ahlberg (2016) Meg Rosoff (2015) Frank Cottrell Boyce (2014) Kevin Crossley-Holland (2013) Malorie Blackman (2012) Philip Pullman (2011) Michael Morpurgo (2010) Michael Rosen (2009).  

The lecture will take place at 5.00pm on Friday 8th September in the Mary Allan Building, Homerton College, Cambridge. As always, after the lecture there will be a short wine reception. The lecture is free but tickets need to be reserved.

To find out more about the Philippa Pearce Lectures, read transcripts and see videos from past lectures, visit the website here.

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