On June 8th at Free Word Lecture Theatre, 60 Farringdon Road, London at 6:45 pm the authors Piers Torday and Diana McCaulay will be in conversation about their writing for young readers, the role of the environment in their books, the empowered characters they create and so much more. It will be a stimulating and thought provoking evening about literature and all the important ways it can question the world and influence readers.
The Free Word website tells us: What do you get if you cross a dolphin with a pigeon? Join storytellers Diana McCaulay and Piers Torday to find out! Not only will the animals of two wonderful fiction worlds collide, their prize-winning authors will also tell us how these stories draw readers closer into an understanding of the world we all inhabit.
We’re thrilled to have award-winning Jamaican writer Diana McCaulay here in London with her new book Gone to Drift, a powerful story of one boy’s discoveries about the planet we call home and humanity’s harmful impact upon the marine environment.
Diana will be in conversation with Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize winner Piers Torday, author of The Last Wild Trilogy, “a fantastic example of how a book for children can be serious without preaching … a sobering parable about our attitude to the natural world” [Gillian Cross] and children’s publisher and chair of this event, Sarah Odedina.
Join them for a conversation about writing and publishing environmental writing aimed at younger readers.
Both Piers and Diana are alumni of Arvon.