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The prestigious Philippa Pearce Lecture is an annual event that celebrates excellence in literature for children. It provides a platform for the very best children’s authors, poets and illustrators to reflect on their art. Always thought-provoking, the lectures have tackled such topics as the significance of time, the place of fear, and what poetry is for.

The lectures were established in 2007 by the family, friends and colleagues of the highly distinguished children’s author, Philippa Pearce. They attract a regular and wide-ranging audience of academics, writers, publishers and lovers of children’s literature. A video recording is always made available.

“She was one of the very finest writers British children’s literature has ever had, and everything she wrote has a touch of the particular vision and understanding of human nature that was hers alone.” Philip Pullman

The Philippa Pearce Lectures are held in association with Homerton College, Cambridge.

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BOOKING IS NOW OPEN for Allan Ahlberg’s lecture, JOHN WAYNE AND SIBELIUS or THE TRAIN HAS RAIN IN IT A Rigmarole in seven or possibly eleven parts with readings from Marilynne Robinson William Maxwell William Strunk, Jr. The Guardian newspaper and The Shorter Oxford Dictionary (some singing). The lecture will take place at 5.00pm on the 1st of September in the Mary Allan Building, Homerton College, Cambridge. After the lecture there will be a short wine reception. Both lecture and reception are free. To book your ticket please use the booking page. If you wish to book a second ticket Read More

Video of the 2015 Lecture