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.


With regret, we have decided to postpone the Pearce lecture and centenary celebrations that were scheduled to take place on 26th March to support the effort to prevent the further spread of Covid-19. As soon as we can we will provide further information about the rescheduled event. We will post all new details on the lecture website and will inform ticket holders and subscribers to our newsletter. All booked tickets will continue to remain valid for the new date.  We apologise for any inconvenience.

Video of the 2019 Lecture