Where can you see Lauren Child and former Waterstones Children’s Laureates?

Wondering where you can see Lauren Child and previous Laureates over the next few months? You're in the right place!

To celebrate 20 years of inspiring children, former Children's Laureates, such as Jacqueline Wilson and Julia Donaldson, will take part in fun events around the country from February. 

20 years of the Children's Laureate: find out more

Have a look to see if something is happening near you:  

From October 2018, London

See the Drawing Words exhibition at the British Council HQ in London. This free exhibition, curated by Lauren Child, showcases the wonderful illustrations of Jill Calder, Laura Carlin, Rebecca Cobb, William Grill, Emily Hughes, Neal Layton, David MacKintosh, Emily Rand and David Roberts. You can find out more on the British Council website here and find more information and additional resources here

2 February: High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire 

Lauren Child at Pipers School Literary Festival, 4-5pm

Lauren Child will be in conversation with Nicolette Jones, talking about her latest book Hubert Horatio. Find out more and buy tickets

16 February: London

Former Laureates at the Imagine Festival: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, 11am

Join Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman and Chris Riddell to hear their stories about the League of Laureates and how they have helped to ignite children’s imaginations over the last 20 years. Get tickets 

21 February: London

Lauren Child at the Imagine Festival: Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, 1-2pm

Lauren Child talks to Nicolette Jones about her time as Waterstones Children's Laureate, her inspirations, and how she creates her beautiful books including Charlie and Lola and her new story Hubert Horatio: How to Raise Your Grown Ups. This talk is followed by a book signing. Get more information on the Southbank Centre website.

5 March: Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire

Lauren Child at Henley Literary Festival

Come along to an event, right before World Book Day! As well as introducing her latest character Hubert Horatio, Lauren will be talking about creativity and her inspiration. Find out more and buy tickets 

20 March: Birmingham

Lauren Child at the Love Literacy event at Peters Library Service

Lauren Child will be speaking at this event, aimed at teachers and those working to encourage reading for pleasure. Find out more

24-29 March: Scotland

Lauren will be visiting schools in Scotland in association with Scottish BookTrust

This includes a huge multi-school event on 28 March in Glasgow’s world-famous Mitchell Library. 

All primary schools who belong to Edinburgh Council, Falkirk Council, Glasgow Council and Stirling Council can now apply for fully-funded events with Lauren Child in March.  Deadline is 5pm, 8 February 2019.

4 April: London

Lauren Child gives the annual Bergeron Lecture at the American School, 7pm

Lauren will be talking at the American School in London on Thursday 4 April at 7pm, discussing books, writing and more with Ben Faccini, the novelist and current Bergeron Fellow. Lauren and Ben worked together on the international UNESCO project 'My Life is a Story.' The talk is entitled 'Translating the World: Empathy, Imagination and the Writer's Life', and you can find out more on the American School's website here.

7 April: Oxford

A Laureate Celebration with Michael Morpurgo at the Oxford Literary Festival, 12-1pm

Join the creator of the Children’s Laureate during this anniversary year, with a discussion from how his vision (along with Ted Hughes) has helped shaped the landscape of children’s books to his own writing and time as Children’s Laureate from 2003-2005, including a few readings from his favourite books. Buy tickets

10 April: Newcastle

An evening with Anne Fine to celebrate 20 years of the Waterstones Children’s Laureate

Anne Fine, the second Waterstones Children’s Laureate, is a multi-prize-winning writer for both children and adults. She will be talking to BookTrust's Emily Drabble about her time as Laureate, her longstanding concern with political and social issues that affect the family, and the motivations and inspirations behind books like Madame Doubtfire, Goggle Eyes, The Tulip Touch and Flour Babies. This will be an hour in conversation (with audience Q&A), followed by a book signing. Details on venue and tickets

5 May: Royal Academy, London

Designing a best-selling children's book: Lauren Child and David Mackintosh, 10.30-11.30am

Join Lauren alongside the graphic designer and illustrator David Mackintosh as they talk about working together and reveal how they manage to create best-selling children's books. This event is part of the Royal Academy's Festival of Ideas taking place from 2-6 May; find out more about this event on their website here.

11 May, 10am-11am, Barnes

Lauren Child at Barnes Children's Literature Festival

Here's another chance to see Lauren, this time at the Barnes Children's Literature Festival. She'll be introducing her character Hubert Horatio and talking about lots of other fun stuff. Find out more and book your tickets on the festival's website here.

15 May, 7-9pm, Foyles Charing Cross in London

See Anthony Browne in conversation with Julia Eccleshare

Anthony was the Waterstones Children's Laureate 2009-2011 and used his time in the post to raise the profile of picture books and picture book illustration, as well as the value of supporting children's creativity and imagination – find out more in a sure-to-be-fascinating 'in conversation' event with children's books expert and member of the Waterstones Children's Laureate Steering Group, Julia Eccleshare. The shortlist for the 2019 Klaus Flugge Prize will be announced on the night and there will be a chance to meet the rising stars of the illustration world (possibly even a future Laureate!) Find out more here.

23 May to 2 June: Hay in Wales

There will be several opportunities to catch up with our brilliant Children's Laureates at the legendary Hay Festival this year:

  • 25 May, 11.30am: Sarah Crossan and Lauren Child
    UK Waterstones Children's Laureate Lauren Child and Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan will share the stage to discuss the power of words, the importance of illustration and their mutual conviction that every child should have access to literature and to creativity. Chaired by Jonathan Douglas, Director, National Literacy Trust.
  • 25 May, 4pm: Julia Donaldson, Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen in Flights of Fancy: Stories, pictures and inspiration from Children's Laureates
    Join Julia Donaldson, Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen in this original and action-packed event showcasing each of their amazing stints as UK Children's Laureate. There will be singing, acting, drawing and performing – and plenty of inspiration for audience creativity too. Chaired by Horatio Clare.
  • 26 May, 1pm: Lauren Child in conversation with Frank Cottrell-Boyce
    UK Waterstones Children's Laureate Lauren Child explores the magic of illustration and writing and the importance of daydreaming, and introduces her latest books How to Raise your Grown Ups – Hubert Horatio and Mary Poppins: Illustrated Gift Edition.

6 June, 11am: The Festival in a Factory, Emma Bridgewater Factory, Stoke-on-Trent

Here's another chance to catch up with Lauren Child as she opens this year's Festival in a Factory with a fun talk for children and adults. Expect her to discuss her latest book Hubert Horatio: How to Raise Your Grown-Ups and the power of creativity - you can find out more and book tickets on the Festival in a Factory website.

17 June, 7pm: In conversation with Anthony Browne, House of Illustration, London

As part of the Waterstones Children's Laureate 20th anniversary celebrations, you can enjoy Lauren in conversation with former Laureate Anthony Browne at this special event. They'll be discussing their work, their drive to create and the importance of illustration as well as where they find their inspiration and how others of all ages can develop theirs. Plus, there will be an audience Q&A in case you have any burning questions! Find out more and book your tickets here.

6 July, 1pm: Children's Literature Festival, Blickling Estate, Norfolk

In the final few days of her Laureateship, Lauren will be appearing at the Blickling Estate's Children's Literature Festival to talk about where she gets her ideas from and draw your favourite characters right in front of you! Find out more on the Blickling Estate website here.

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