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 Alexandra Derbyshire 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.


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


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

See some former Waterstones Children's Laureates at the Hay Festival. Keep your eyes peeled for more details about what's going on at Hay coming soon!

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