Birthday Tea with Charlie and Lola
I love Lauren Child's books and her illustrations. Her picture books contain such wonderful detail that often convey so much more than words could ever say. Her eclectic style of illustrating and writing was unique when the first Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean picture books came out, using collage, snippets of fabric and real photos.
I got involved with the book festival three years ago doing publicity and press work. It's a great addition to our local town, Malton, which also hosts the Malton Food Lovers Festival.
Last year I hosted an event at the book festival with author Susie Steiner talking about her book The Homecoming, which is based in the North York Moors.
The event with Lauren Child will be slightly different in format including a tea party for Charlie and Lola in a huge tent, celebrating 15 years since the first Charlie and Lola book.
The audience will be children so I have really had to think carefully at how I pitch my questions, and making sure I ask Lauren questions that the kids would want to know the answers to. Of course, the kids will get a chance to ask their own questions too.