Since her first books were published in 1999 writer and illustrator Lauren Child, best known for her incredibly popular Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean books, has captured the hearts and mind of families the world over. This October Seven Stories will be marking 20 years of this incredible writer and illustrator with two celebratory events.

On Thursday 10 October at 4pm families will be able to head to Seven Stories where they will have the chance to meet the former Children’s Laureate (2017-2019) herself in a Clarice Bean, That’s Me book signing. Clarice Bean, That’s Me was one of the first books Lauren Child had published in 1999 and introduced audiences to the wonderful quirky world of the fabulously feisty Clarice Bean and her family. A new edition of Clarice Bean: That’s Me is published this Autumn from Hachette Books, including an audio CD featuring three Clarice Bean stories read by Claire Skinner, star of the BBC series Outnumbered.

Lauren will then join Seven Stories Joint Chief Executive Sarah Lawrance to talk about her experiences and highlights of her career to date during an In Conversation with Lauren Child event at 6pm. After studying Art at Manchester Polytechnic and London Art School Lauren had a number of jobs including assistant to Damien Hirst as well as having her own company ‘Chandeliers for the People’ making exotic lampshades before making a career as a successful children’s author and illustrator.

Sarah Lawrance, Joint Chief Executive at Seven Stories said:

We’re thrilled that Lauren Child will be joining us to mark such a momentous milestone in her prolific career. These events are an opportunity for families as well as budding children’s writers and illustrators to hear first-hand from Lauren about the fascinating journey her career has taken her on over the last two decades.”

Since her first books were published in 1999 Lauren has won numerous awards including the Greenaway Medal, which celebrates distinguished illustration in a book for children. She was the tenth UK Children's Laureate from 2017-2019, a role which she used to focus on visual literacy and the importance of illustration, and Drawing Words, a British Council exhibition curated by Lauren Child which is currently on display in Seven Stories, celebrates illustration as an art form.

Anyone attending the In Conversation with Lauren Child event will also get the opportunity to have an exclusive out of hours look at the Drawing Words exhibition which brings together some of the most exciting children’s books illustration to come out of the UK in recent years. Featuring ten illustrators who have been selected by Lauren for their distinctly personal and unique work the exhibition offers a snapshot of the vibrant work being produced in the UK today.

For more information about these exiting Lauren Child events or to book tickets visit www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on