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Date: Thursday 20 September 2018
Judith Kerr and Michael Foreman come together to talk about the inspirations behind some of their most loved books.
They will discuss their writing for children on wartime experiences, why it is important to pass on history to children, and the emotive power of telling stories.
Judith and Michael have enthralled and inspired generations of children with their bestselling novels and illustrations, which include classics such as The Tiger Who Came to Tea, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit as well as War Boy and The General (written by Janet Charters).
The event is being organised by the Jewish Museum London as part of our Remembrance public programming.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear two of the UKs best loved authors and illustrators of children’s literature talk about their work and influences.
The conversation will be chaired by Erica Wagner.
Erica Wagner was born in New York City. She is the author of Gravity: Stories, Ariel's Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and the Story of Birthday Letters and Seizure, a novel; she is the editor of First Light: A Celebration of Alan Garner. Twice a judge of the Man Booker Prize, she was literary editor of The Times for 17 years and is now contributing literary editor for Harper’s Bazaar and a contributing writer for the New Statesman. She was the recipient of the Eccles British Library Writer’s Award in 2014, and she is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. Chief Engineer, her biography of Washington Roebling, the man who built the Brooklyn Bridge, was published this year by Bloomsbury.
Born in 1938 in Pakefield, a fishing village in Suffolk, Michael Foreman grew up during the second World War, an experience which has had a lasting and creative influence on his work. (His illustrated biography War Boy has shaped a new generation's understanding of life in World War II.)
He studied painting at the Lowestoft School of Art (1954-58) and then Graphics at St Martin's in London (1958-60) followed by the Royal College of Art (1960-63.) While at the RCA his first book was published - an anti-war picture book 'The General' (written by Janet Charters.) A travelling Scholarship from the Royal College took him to the United States. He drew throughout America and contributed drawings to many US magazines. He then travelled worldwide as a travel illustrator.
His travels have provided locations for many of his children's books which frequently promote peace and concern for the environment.
His career has spanned over 50 years and nearly 300 books including collaborations with many eminent authors, from Shakespeare to Michael Morpurgo.
Book Signing: Michael Foreman will be signing books and Judith Kerr has provided signed book plates.