Booking opens for Philippa Pearce lecture

Booking opens today for the Philippa Pearce Lecture, to be held on Thursday, 26 March. The event is a hugely popular fixture of the Homerton calendar, which this year celebrates the centenary of Philippa Pearce’s birth.

We are delighted that Geraldine McCaughrean has agreed to give the Centenary Lecture, entitled 100 Years of Gratitude. The acclaimed author of more than 170 books for all ages from toddlers to adults, her work has been published in over 50 countries. Perhaps best known for her official sequel to JM Barrie’s masterpiece, Peter Pan in Scarlet, she has won numerous awards, including the Whitbread/Costa Children’s Book Award three times, and the Carnegie Medal twice, in 1989 and 2018.

Established in 2007 in honour of the distinguished and much loved children’s writer Philippa Pearce, the annual lecture celebrates excellence in literature for children and provides a platform for the very best children’s authors, poets and illustrators to reflect on their art.

This year, as part of the anniversary celebration, the event will also include the premiere of a short play, Inside her Head, inspired by Philippa Pearce’s short story and written by Nick Warburton. Winner of the BBC/Radio Times Drama Award, the Sandford St Martin Award and the Tinniswood Award, Nick is not only an award-winning writer for radio, stage and screen, but was also a personal friend of Philippa Pearce.

In homage to Philippa Pearce’s most celebrated work, Tom’s Midnight Garden, Homerton Library will also play host to A Child’s Garden, a special exhibition on gardens, real and imaginary.

For more information, and to register for free tickets, please visit the Philippa Pearce Lecture website