The Philippa Pearce Memorial Lecture celebrates excellence in writing for children. The 2015 lecture entitled “Do Not Be Afraid to be Afraid ” will be given by Meg Rosoff at 5.00 pm on 10th of September at Homerton College, Cambridge.
Meg Rosoff was born in Boston, educated at Harvard and St Martin’s College of Art in London, and worked in New York City for ten years before moving to England in 1989. She worked in publishing, journalism, politics and advertising before writing How I Live Now (released as a feature film starring Saoirse Ronan in 2013) at the age of 47. Her books have won or been shortlisted for 20 international book prizes, including the Carnegie medal, the Orange first novel prize, the Jugendliteraturpreis in Germany and the National Book Award in America. Picture Me Gone is her sixth novel. Meg is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in London with her husband and daughter.
About the Lectures
At THE START of 2007, a small group of Philippa Pearce’s friends, family and colleagues began organising a series of memorial lectures to be delivered by various distinguished speakers with an interest in children’s books.
The inaugural lecture was held on 11th September 2008, at Homerton College, Cambridge, and focused on Philippa Pearce’s own writing and contribution to children’s literature. Subsequent lectures have been given by Michael Rosen (2009) Michael Morpurgo (2010) Philip Pullman(2011) Malorie Blackman (2012) Kevin Crossley-Holland (2013) and Frank Cottrell Boyce (2014).
For more details and to book see http://www.pearcelecture.com
The lectures remain free and are funded entirely by donations. Booking is essential.