BookTrust Annual Lecture

Every year, BookTrust invites a noted figure from the world of children's books to share their thoughts on the industry at a special event.

An audience of publishers, authors, illustrators and other influencers is invited to enjoy the Lecture, which first took place in 2016.

Subjects covered so far include the importance of reading for pleasure, imagination and creativity, and the long-lasting impact of childhood experiences.

BookTrust Annual Lecture 2019: Paul Howard-Jones

Photos from the BookTrust Annual Lecture 2019: Paul Howard-Jones giving the lecture and audience questions

Photos: James Allan

Leading educational neuroscientist and Channel 4's Secret Life of Five Year Olds expert Paul Howard-Jones gave the 2019 BookTrust Annual Lecture at a special event at the Natural History Museum London in November.

During his talk, Paul discussed the evolution of the literate brain and the role books play in the development of children's growing intellect. He also offered unique insights into the vital role of reading as a catalyst for civilisation, for wellbeing and adult success.

This year's Annual Lecture was also a celebratory event to present BookTrust's Storytime Prize, celebrating the best book to share with young children. Congratulations to Emily Gravett, who became the first ever winner of the award with her book Cyril and Pat.

Guests at the lecture included celebrated authors and illustrators such as Philip Ardagh, Cerrie Burnell, Patrice Lawrence and Klaus Flugge, as well as regional local authority representatives and leading figures in the publishing industry.

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Paul Howard-Jones at the BookTrust Annual Lecture
Guests including Philip Ardagh and Klaus Flugge arrive for the Annual Lecture
Guests at the 2019 BookTrust Annual Lecture
Authors Patrice Lawrence, Chitra Soundar and Steve Antony at the BookTrust Annual Lecture
Guests enjoying themselves at the BookTrust Annual Lecture
Guests arrive at the BookTrust Annual Lecture
Guests enjoying themselves at the BookTrust Annual Lecture
BookTrust's Diana Gerald and Caroline Hill-Trevor speak with guests
BookTrust's Diana Gerald and Caroline Hill-Trevor with Klaus Flugge
Guests at BookTrust's Annual Lecture
Cerrie Burnell at BookTrust's Annual Lecture
Guests arrive at BookTrust's Annual Lecture
Guests arrive at BookTrust's Annual Lecture
Paul Howard-Jones at BookTrust's Annual Lecture
Paul Howard-Jones gives the BookTrust Annual Lecture
BookTrust's Diana Gerald introduces the Lecture
BookTrust's Gemma Malley speaks at the Annual Lecture
Paul Howard-Jones speaks at the BookTrust Annual Lecture
Paul Howard-Jones speaks at the BookTrust Annual Lecture
The Q&A at the BookTrust Annual Lecture
An audience member asks a question at the BookTrust Annual Lecture
Paul Howard-Jones at the BookTrust Annual Lecture
A guest with a Bookstart bag at the BookTrust Annual Lecture
Paul Howard-Jones at the BookTrust Annual Lecture

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Guests including Philip Ardagh and Klaus Flugge arrive for the Annual Lecture

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Guests at the 2019 BookTrust Annual Lecture

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Authors Patrice Lawrence, Chitra Soundar and Steve Antony at the BookTrust Annual Lecture

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Guests enjoying themselves at the BookTrust Annual Lecture

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Guests arrive at the BookTrust Annual Lecture

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Guests enjoying themselves at the BookTrust Annual Lecture

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BookTrust's Diana Gerald and Caroline Hill-Trevor speak with guests

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BookTrust's Diana Gerald and Caroline Hill-Trevor with Klaus Flugge

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Guests at BookTrust's Annual Lecture

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Cerrie Burnell at BookTrust's Annual Lecture

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Guests arrive at BookTrust's Annual Lecture

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Guests arrive at BookTrust's Annual Lecture

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Paul Howard-Jones at BookTrust's Annual Lecture

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Paul Howard-Jones gives the BookTrust Annual Lecture

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BookTrust's Diana Gerald introduces the Lecture

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BookTrust's Gemma Malley speaks at the Annual Lecture

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Paul Howard-Jones speaks at the BookTrust Annual Lecture

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Paul Howard-Jones speaks at the BookTrust Annual Lecture

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The Q&A at the BookTrust Annual Lecture

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An audience member asks a question at the BookTrust Annual Lecture

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Paul Howard-Jones at the BookTrust Annual Lecture

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A guest with a Bookstart bag at the BookTrust Annual Lecture

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Annual Lecture archive

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