2020: Geraldine McCaughrean – plus centenary play

Geraldine McCaughrean pictured at The Guardian Hay Festival 2006

With regret, we have decided to postpone the Philippa 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. We will be in touch as soon as we can to provide further information about the rescheduled event.  

All booked tickets will continue to remain valid for the new date. 

We apologise for any inconvenience.

IN 2020 IT WILL BE 100 YEARS since the birth of Philippa Pearce, and we are celebrating with a very special anniversary event. 

  • The Centenary Lecture: 100 Years of Gratitude by double-Carnegie-Medal winner, Geraldine McCaughrean
  • The premier of a short play, Inside her Head, inspired by Philippa Pearce’s short story, from the award-winning playwright and friend of the author, Nick Warburton
  • An exhibition on Gardens in Children’s Literature in Homerton Library

Geraldine McCaughrean is the author of more than 170 books for all ages from toddlers to adults, and published in over 50 countries. Perhaps best known for her official sequel, Peter Pan in Scarlet, she has won numerous awards, including three Whitbread/Costa Children’s Book Awards and the Carnegie Medal in 1989 and 2018. 

Nick Warburton is an acclaimed playwright and screenwriter who has won the BBC/Radio Times Drama Award, the Sandford St Martin Award and the Tinniswood Award. His work for radio includes A Play for the Heart, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and an adaptation of The Canterbury Tales for the cast of The Archers.

The Philippa Pearce Lecture Anniversary Celebration, Thursday 26th March

  • Doors open 4.00pm
  • Lecture 5.00–6.00pm
  • (Short break)
  • Play 6.10–6.30pm
  • Drinks reception and book signing 6.30pm 

Tickets are free of charge.

The exhibition, which includes material from the Homerton Library about the grounds and gardens, will be accessible before and after the lecture. It is open every day in Homerton Library from 20th March to 30th April, 9am–12pm and 2pm–4pm.