Sunday, 8 November 2015

Judith Kerr will be at Chorleywood Literary Festival 14th November 2015!

Nayu here with big news! I hated having to say no to attending this festival as it stars Judith Kerr, whose books I grew up with, so if you can go, do! Here's all the info you need to know (pictures chosen by me)
On November 14th, Nicolette Jones is going to interview the iconic children’s author Judith Kerr OBE at Chorleywood Literary Festival 2015. Kerr is one of our most loved children’s authors. She is best known for her children’s books, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, 
An illustration from the book. I've recently had a notecard and wrapping paper set of the book which is really cool!

The expressive Mog, an adorable cat!

Happy Mog!

The scene where Mog dies...

and the iconic title When Hitler stole the Pink Rabbit 
This book always made me cry. I never forget the history lesson at secondary school where I learnt what happened to so many people in concentration camps. I remember leaving with a teaching assistant, crying over how cruel people can be. I think I read this book soon after that.
 which introduced children to concepts of the Second World War.

Kerr’s latest book, Mister Cleghorn’s Seal, published by Harper Collins Children's Books earlier this year, is already becoming a modern classic. The book is a warm and funny adventure story about Mr Cleghorn, who takes in an abandoned seal pup that he finds on a trip to the seaside. The book is inspired by Judith’s father, Alfred Kerr who did just that.

In a rare appearance Kerr will be interview by acclaimed writer, broadcaster and critic Nicolette Jones, Children's Books Editor of The Sunday Times for over 20 years. During her prestigious career Jones has interviewed a number of literary greats including Joan Bakewell, Vince Cable, Richard Ford, Elizabeth Jane Howard, John Humphrys, Erica Jong, Michael Morpurgo and Philip Pullman.

Judith Kerr in conversation with Nicolette Jones. Saturday November 14th | 2.30pm | Chorleywood Memorial Hall, Hertfordshire, WD3 5LN

4th-18th November 2015


An all-star line-up has been announced to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Chorleywood Literary Festival, which takes place on November 4 – 18.

Headlining this year is iconic children’s book-illustrator Judith Kerr, who will be discussing her much-loved books including Mog and The Tiger Who Came to Tea, whilst other highlights include Vince Cable introducing his book on the 2008 economic crash After the Storm; Charles Moore who explores what it’s like to be the official biographer of Margaret Thatcher, and Nick Frost who will be talking about his candid autobiography, Truths, Half Truths & Little White Lies: A Memoir.
The festival will launch its first ever Debut Author Evening, in association with publishers Weidenfeld and Nicolson, who will introduce their up-and-coming authors Antonia Honeywell, Catriona Ward, Colin MacIntyre and Laura Barnett. 

Book lovers will also be treated to talks from author and parliamentarian Melvyn Bragg on his latest title Now is the Time, Costa award-winning author Andrew Miller discussing The Crossing; British poet and novelist Sophie Hannah on A Game For All the Family and Sunday Times-bestselling author Tasmina Perry, who will be joined by Stella Newman and Louise Lee for an evening of food and fiction.

For history lovers, Jonathan Dimbleby tells us why The Battle of the Atlantic was crucial to victory in WWII; Dan Cruickshank talks about A History of Architecture in 100 Buildings; Jonathan Beckman explains How to Ruin a Queen;  Claire Harman introduces us to Charlotte Bronte; classical music journalist John Suchet tells the story of Vienna’s  Strauss family in all its triumph and disaster; Giles Milton enlightens us with some weird and wonderful little-known historical facts, and Natalie Livingstone discusses the lives and loves of The Mistresses of Cliveden.

Television personality and antiques expert Judith Miller shares her vast knowledge of antiques, and gives valuations in a mini antique roadshow-esque event and finally in a rare joint appearance, historian Wendy Holden will be joined by ‘born-survivor’ Eva Clarke, to tell the story of three Jewish prisoners who defied their Nazi guards, hid their pregnancies, and brought three ‘miracle babies’ into the world.


Notes to Editors
Each event book voucher guarantees one person admittance to the event. It also functions as a deposit against a copy of the book featured. You can use them up to and on the day of the event but not afterwards. The vouchers can be purchased online at, via telephone on +44 (0)1923 283566; or in person at Chorleywood Bookshop, 4 New Parade Chorleywood WD3 5NJ.

Chorleywood Literary Festival takes place in November each year. Now a major annual event in the UK’s literary calendar, the festival was founded in 2006 by Chorleywood Bookshop owners Sheryl Shurville and Morag Watkins. Since then the festival has brought a stellar line-up of acclaimed and celebrity authors to the public including David Suchet, Bill Bryson, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Howard Jacobson, Carol Ann Duffy, and many more.

Chorleywood Bookshop is the heart of our operation. Though physically very small, (705 square feet) we stock more than 7,000 books and our valued relationships with suppliers mean that we can get quickly hold of anything we don’t have. Alongside our extensive selection of books we also stock a highly popular collection of cards and gifts. We recognise that to survive and grow in the current market we need to find innovative ways to get people to choose us over the big chain stores and to really engage with books. This also helps us to be seen as a core part of the community.  In this vein, we run regular book groups and are always open to our customers for a chat about all things literary.

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1 comment:

DMS said...

This sounds like an amazing event! Wish I lived closer. Sure to be fun! I loved the illustrations you shared. I think Mog is my favorite. :)