Philippa Pearce Memorial Lecture

This year’s Philippa Pearce Memorial Lecture will take place at 5.00pm on Thursday 10 September 2009 in the College Auditorium, Mary Allan Building.

The Lecture, to be given by Michael Rosen (a well known children’s book author and ex Children’s Laureate), is titled: What is children’s poetry for? Towards a new, but child-specific, ‘Apologie for Poetrie’ (Sir Philip Sidney, 1595).

The Lecture is free to attend, but booking is required. For booking details and lots more about Philippa, including a detailed list of all her works, visit The Philippa Pearce Memorial Lecture website. The inaugural Lecture took place last September when the Library hosted a special display of her life and work which was set up by her daughter Sally, also a children’s author.

Philippa Pearce (1920-2006) is a local author, brought up in Great Shelford a few miles south of Cambridge. She returned to live there again, in Mill Lane, from 1973 until she died two years ago. She is probably best known for her second book, Tom’s Midnight Garden (1958), which won the Carnegie Award in 1959 and has since been made into a film (1999) as well as two versions by BBC Television (1974 and 1989). The Library has copies of most of her books.


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