2016: Allan Ahlberg

Allan AMUCH LOVED, best-selling, author, Allan Ahlberg, gave the 2016 Pearce lecture on September 1st in the Mary Allan Building, Homerton College, Cambridge.

Allan is author of more than a hundred books for children, translated into many languages, and winner of many awards, including two Greenaway prizes for Each Peach Pear Plum and The Jolly Postman (with his late wife, Janet Ahlberg). Allan’s range is extraordinary and encompasses some of the best books ever produced for babies, and for older children.  These include wonderful versions of fairy tales, brilliantly funny stories and fine collections of poetry. Always warm, inventive, creative, his output connects powerfully with young readers.

We are very pleased to be able to present a set of notes for Allan Ahlberg’s 2016 lecture.

This document reproduces Allan’s manuscript in full, along with notes and annotations. It also includes images of many of the books, cuttings and other ephemera that were used to illuminate his talk. No video or audio recording was made of the 2016 lecture, so it is wonderful to have this record available.

The link below will open the PDF in your browser, and it can be downloaded for printing and viewing offline. The document is A3 in size, but can of course be reduced to fit on A4. Please not that the layout has been designed so that each A3 page will tile across two A4 sheets comfortably.