Lauren Child is one of Britain's best known children's writers who burst onto the scene in 1999 with two picture books I Want a Pet and Clarice Bean – That’s Me. Her work has gone on to win numerous awards including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal, The Smarties Award and the television series, Charlie and Lola, became one of the most popular programmes on TV and won four BAFTAs. The programme is now aired in more than 34 countries and the spin-off books have sold over 5 million copies.
In this intimate 90 minute lecture, Lauren will reveal how she approaches her work and provide insights into her own personal aesthetic. She will offer tips for aspiring children's writers and illustrators, tell stories of how she started out, ruminate on success and discuss her continued dedication to her craft. She will reflect also on her new book Ruby Redfort: Take Your Last Breath, her charity work and the pleasure her work affords her young fans.
After her presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask Lauren questions and she may even sign the odd book.
This is a fantastic opportunity to meet a writer whose work 'put[s] imagination and fun back into the real worlds of childhood.' Guardian
- An intimate 90 minute lecture with one of the biggest stars in Children's Literature
- A free copy of Rudy Redfort: Take Your Last Breath, Lauren's new book
- A glass (or two) of wine
Lauren Child burst on to the children's books scene in 1999 and has since published many bestselling and award-winning books, including those featuring the hugely popular Charlie and Lola, and the Clarice Bean series. She has won numerous awards including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Gold Award. Her books have been made into an award-winning TV series and have sold in many languages with runaway success.
The course will take place from 2.30-4pm on Sunday 25 November 2012 at Faber Academy, Faber & Faber UK Ltd, Great Russell Street, London WC1.
Maximum number of students: 70 places, on a first-come basis.
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A while back we asked you what courses you would like and the programme of masterclasses, workshops, and events we've come up with is a reflection of your responses.
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