League of Laureates Live-Stream: Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman and Chris Riddell

League of Laureates Live-Stream: Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman and Chris Riddell

Saturday 16th February 11am

This event will be live-streamed from Southbank Centre's Imagine Children's Festival in London. 

Ten incredible authors and illustrators have held the vital role of the Waterstones Children’s Laureate over the past twenty years, igniting imaginations and championing the extraordinary world of children’s books.

Join Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman and Chris Riddell for a glimpse behind the scenes of ‘The League of Laureates’ and a journey into some of their most loved stories and characters.

Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. One of Jacqueline’s most successful and enduring creations has been the famous Tracy Beaker, who first appeared in 1991 in The Story of Tracy Beaker. This was also the first of her books to be illustrated by Nick Sharratt. Since Tracy’s first appearance, Jacqueline has been on countless award shortlists and has gone on to win many of them including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, the 1999 Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards, Smarties Medal and the Children’s Book Award as well as being highly commended for the Carnegie Medal. The Story of Tracy Beaker won the 2002 Blue Peter People’s Choice Award. Jacqueline has sold millions of books and in the UK alone the total now stands at over 40 million! In 2002 Jacqueline was awarded the OBE for services to literacy in schools and from 2005 to 2007 she was the Children’s Laureate. In 2008 she became Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

Malorie Blackman has written over fifty books and is acknowledged as one of today’s most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers. She has been awarded numerous prizes for her work, including the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award. Malorie has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. In 2005 she was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her contribution to children’s books, and in 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children’s literature. She has been described by The Times as ‘a national treasure’. Malorie was the Children’s Laureate 2013–15.

Chris Riddell, the 2015-2017 UK Children’s Laureate, is an accomplished artist and the political cartoonist for the Observer. He has enjoyed great acclaim for his books for children. His books have won a number of major prizes, including the 2001, 2004 and 2016 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals. Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse won the Costa Children’s Book Award 2013. His work for Macmillan also includes the bestselling Ottoline books, The Emperor of Absurdia, and, with Paul Stewart, the Muddle Earth books, the Scavenger series and the Blobheads series. Chris lives in Brighton with his family.

Event produced in partnership with Southbank Centre and BookTrust

60 minute live-stream suitable for children and young people aged 8+ and adults. £3 per person (everyone must have a ticket including children and adults). No general admission is required to attend the event, purchase day tickets to enjoy the rest of the building all day.

Venue: Seven Stories

Seven Stories, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 2PQ

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