Child Benefit at The Book Festival
This article is from 2009.
Brian Donaldson notes that Dame Jacqueline isn’t the only Children’s Laureate showing up this year
He may have been described at school as ‘rather stupid but great at rugby’, yet his intelligent rendering of difficult subjects have moved many a reader to tears. Wartime dramas such as Private Peaceful and The Mozart Question are good places to start.
21 Aug (with Michael Foreman), 4.30pm, £4; 22 Aug, 1.30pm, £4.
She dubs her adult novels as ‘sour comedies’ but one review stated that the author was ‘too much of a treasure to be reserved for children alone’. A grumpy primary school teacher who demanded hours of silence from his pupils while he nursed a Monday hangover gave
the young Fine space to write stories
in the classroom.
23 Aug, 2pm, £4; 6.30pm (Compelling Novels, Vulnerable Children), 6.30pm, £9 (£7).
Another rugby-loving Laureate, as a boy this Yorkshire scribe longed for a real trumpet as a birthday present, but was given a plastic one instead. His book Gorilla is based on that experience. Ironically, he once presented a kids TV programme from within a cage of gorillas, one of whom bit him on the leg.
29 Aug, 2pm, £4.
While at Oxford, Rosen was arrested twice. Once for demonstrating against the Vietnam war and secondly for protesting against a local hairdresser who refused to cut black people’s hair. His first kids book, Mind Your Own Business, was published 25 years ago, with drawings by Quentin Blake, the inaugural Children’s Laureate.
30 Aug, 10.30am, £4.
All events at Charlotte Square Gardens, 0845 373 5888.
Michael Foreman & Michael Morpurgo
Children's event: AGE 8+
Many of Michael Morpurgo's extraordinary stories are illustrated by Michael Foreman. The masterful imagination of one is magnificently rendered in the delicate illustrations of the other. Join this outstandingly talented pair for a discussion about their incomparable collaborative work. A…
We're Going On a Bear Hunt
Children's Laureate Michael Rosen's ever popular children's book is brought vividly and noisily to life on stage. All together now: 'We're not scared...' Suitable for ages 3+.
Private Peaceful - Michael Morpurgo
A young WWI soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn, looks back over his short but joyful past. 'The horrors of war and joyfulness of life are bound up together in this magnificent show' - *****(Scotsman).
Children's event: FAMILIES & 7+
Unrivalled in range, Anne Fine is a masterful and charismatic storyteller. She discusses her newest novel Eating Things on Sticks, the hilarious story of a dreary wet holiday which culminates in a wildly imaginative competition.
Anne Fine & Annika Thor
The focus of our enticing Swedish-UK discussions turn to writing for children. Anne Fine is one of our most remarkable and respected authors, having written over fifty books for children of all ages; her latest is Eating Things on Sticks. Annika Thor was originally a film and TV critic before devoting…
Children's event: 5+
Anthony Browne's evocative illustrations and heart-warming stories have a universal appeal. A leading light in the world of children's books, this is one of his first appearances as our newly appointed Children's Laureate. Join one of Britain's most celebrated picture book artists for an…
Children's event: AGE 7+
Masterful and profound, former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo touches the hearts and minds of readers like no other. Share a delightful encounter with one of our modern masters. An inspiring event not to be missed.
Children's event: AGE 5 - 11 THE BIG ISSUE EVENT
With his boundless energy and infectious enthusiasm, a morning spent in the presence of former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen is a very special treat indeed. His live readings are utterly captivating. Let him entertain you with his wacky humour and inventive…