THE PHILIPPA PEARCE LECTURE 2016

The Philippa Pearce Lecture celebrates excellence in writing for children.  This year, it will be held on the 1st  September at 5.00 pm  in the Mary Allan Building,  Homerton College, Cambridge , followed by a wine reception 

Probably best known for writing 'Tom's Midnight Garden', Philippa Peace was the author of books and short stories for children that have that magical quality of seeing things through a child's eye. Sadly, she died in 2006.

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) Frank Cottrell Boyce (2014) and Meg Rosoff (2015).

MUCH LOVED, best-selling, author, Allan Ahlberg, will give the Pearce lecture in 2016 on September 1st in the Mary Allan Building, Homerton College, Cambridge.

Allan is author of more than a hundred books for children, translated into many languages, and winner of many awards, including two Greenaway prizes for Each Peach Pear Plum and The Jolly Postman(with his late wife, Janet Ahlberg). Allan’s range is extraordinary and encompasses some of the best books ever produced for babies, and for older children.  These include wonderful versions of fairy tales, brilliantly funny stories and fine collections of poetry.Always warm, inventive, creative, his output connects powerfully with young readers. We know his lecture will be a rare treat.

For more details and to book see http://www.pearcelecture.com     The lectures remain free and are funded entirely by donations.  Booking is essential.

For further information contact:

Nicky Potter nicpot@dircon.co.uk