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An audience with Chris Riddell

27th April 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Young people need stories more than ever – stories that delight, beguile, inspire, and move them deeply. Through reading, stories can help young readers to embrace their futures and an often dark and uncertain world with optimism, resolve and creativity.

UK 2015-2017 Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell shares his experiences and unique perspectives on his children’s author-illustrator role to bear on the question “are children’s stories the most important kind of stories there are?”

Chris Riddell is a prolific writer and illustrator whose work is familiar to both children and adults. He is known especially for his distinctive line drawings with their clever caricature, fascinating detail and often enchanting fantasy elements.

He has won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal twice, in 2002 for Pirate Diary and in 2004 for Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver. His solo work includes the Goth Girl series, the Ottoline series and the picture books The Emperor of Absurdia and Alienography. The first Goth Girl novel won the Costa Children’s Book Award in 2013. He received the Hay Festival Medal for Illustration at the 2015 Hay Festival.

In addition to his children’s books, Chris is a renowned political cartoonist whose work appears in The Observer, The Literary Review and The New Statesman. He lives in Brighton with his wife and has three grown-up children.

This FREE professional development event is open to teachers, student teachers, governors, parents and higher education professionals.

There will be the opportunity to purchase books and Chris will be doing book signings as well.

Refreshments from 5:00pm

Event starts – 5:30pm

This event is being jointly sponsored by the University of Greenwich, Just Imagine and UKLA.


27th April 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


University of Greenwich
Southwood Campus - David Fussey Building