We teamed up with Newcastle University last month to bring the UK’s Children’s Laureate Lauren Child MBE to Newcastle to talk to us all about creativity, education and her brand new book Hubert Horatio.

Literature fans showed up in their masses to join the UK Waterstones Children’s Laureate at Newcastle University on the evening of Tuesday 23rd October for the annual Insights Lecture: Staring into Space with Lauren Child.  Lauren used the event  to explore how staring into space promotes creative thinking, letting us problem solve, understand who we are, and how we relate to others and the world we live in.

The following morning, Lauren headed to Seven Stories for a jam-packed morning session with over 90 children and adults eager to hear more about Lauren’s latest creation…Hubert Horatio - an exceptionally intelligent and sensible child and the unruly grown-ups that he has to steer through life! 

Lauren treated visitors to an informative presentation about her creative process, a lively Q&A with audience members afterwards and finished the day with a book signing. 

Lauren is an award-winning artist and writer. She’s the creator of much-loved characters including Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean, Hubert Horatio and Ruby Redfort. And in 2017, she became Children’s Laureate, recognising her innovative work in raising the profile of illustration as an artform, her role in translating books into other media, and her advocacy for visual literacy and creativity.

The UK Children’s Laureate role is sponsored by Waterstones and co-ordinated by BookTrust, and recognises ‘an eminent writer or illustrator of children’s books to celebrate outstanding achievement in their field’. It was established in 1999, and recent Laureates have included Chris Riddell, Malorie Blackman and Julia Donaldson. All of the Children’s Laureates champion children’s books and the power of reading.

Staring into Space with Lauren Child was part of the Insights Public Lectures series at Newcastle University, in partnership with BookTrust and Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books. The event took place at Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7RU. 

Introducing Hubert Horatio took place on Wednesday 24th October at Seven Stories and was supported by HarperCollins Children's Books.