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Philippa Pearce Lecture 2017: Chris Riddell – The Age of the Beautiful Book

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The 2017 Phillippa Pearce Lecture

CHRIS RIDDELL

THE AGE OF THE BEAUTIFUL BOOK

The lecture will take place at 5:00pm on September 8th in the Mary Allan Building, Homerton College, Cambridge. Doors open at 4.30pm

The lecture is free and is supported by Homerton College and funded by donations. After booking your tickets please consider using this link to make a donation to the lecture fund.

Immediately after the lecture there will be an informal wine reception in the Great Hall. Chris Riddell will be available to sign books and Heffers Bookshop will be selling a selection of Chris’ titles as well as books by Philippa Pearce. The reception will end promptly at 7.30pm.

Chris Riddell, the celebrated, multi-award-winning illustrator and political cartoonist, has illustrated over 150 books, collaborating with some of the best known children’s authors of recent decades, including Neil Gaiman and Michael Rosen. Chris has won two CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK librarians’ annual award for the best-illustrated children’s book, and three Nestlé Smarties Book Prizes. On 9 June 2015 he was appointed the UK Children’s Laureate. During his two-year tenure, he championed creativity, the importance of visual literacy, and the role of libraries in schools. He called on people to enjoy the “joy of doodling” by drawing every day, setting the example with his own fantastic ‘Laureate’s Log’, a whimsical visual diary shared on social media, which has recently been published in a compendium called Travels with My Sketchbook. In the 2017 Philippa Pearce Lecture, Chris will talk about how words and pictures work together for a reader both on traditional page and how he believes this continues to be true in a digital age. He will explore how books are ever more covetable as objects in their own right, as well as valued for the words and illustrations inside, and also how libraries remain vital as repositories for these beautiful productions.

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