Judith Kerr & John Burningham

10:30 am

Judith Kerr & John Burningham

10:30am to 11:30am - Sat 12 May 2018
St Mary’s Church
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Suitable for ages 9+
Tickets £5 per person

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to listen to two treasures of children’s literature, Judith Kerr and John Burningham, in conversation with Nicolette Jones, the children’s books editor of The Sunday Times.

Judith Kerr

Legendary children’s author Judith Kerr has lived in Barnes since 1962. She is best known for the children’s classic, The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the much-loved Mog books. Judith was born in Berlin in 1923 but escaped from Hitler’s Germany when she was just nine years old. Her family passed through Switzerland and France before arriving in England in 1936 (Judith captured their journey and experiences in the semi-autobiographical novel When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.) Her love for drawing developed early in life, and in 1945 she won a scholarship to the Central School of Arts and Crafts, before going on to work as a BBC television scriptwriter. Her home life has inspired some of Judith’s most famous books. Mog was based on the family’s first cat, and The Tiger Who came to Tea started out as a bedtime story for her young daughter. It has been continuously in print since it was first published in 1968, and the book was named by the Telegraph as one of the best children’s works of all time. Judith was awarded an OBE for services to children’s literature in 2012 and a BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. Now 94, she continues to create in her Barnes attic studio.

John Burningham

John Burningham is the award-winning author and illustrator of over 30 picture books, including the much-loved Granpa and Oi! Get off our Train. His illustrative work includes classic children’s titles like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Wind in the Willows.  John studied illustration and graphic design at the Central School of Art, graduating with distinction in 1959. He designed iconic posters for London Transport before publishing his first book for children, Borka: The Adventures of a Goose with No Feathers. Borka won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration, and John went on to win the award for a second time with Mr Gumpy’s Outing in 1970. John is married to fellow illustrator, Helen Oxenbury, together with whom he was awarded the BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. John lives in London with Helen and their dog, Miles.

 

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