Judith Kerr

12:00 pm

Judith Kerr

12noon to 1.00pm - Sat 11 May 2019
St Mary’s Church

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Suitable for ages 12+
Tickets £6 per person

Judith Kerr in conversation with Ian Craig

Join children’s literature legend Judith Kerr in conversation with her art editor Ian Craig as they talk about her work and the process behind such classics as The Tiger Who Came to Tea, the Mog series and her autobiographical novel When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.

This event is aimed at an adult audience but children are welcome to attend. Judith will not be signing books on the day but free signed bookplates will be available to take home.

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.

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