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Designing a best-selling children’s book: Lauren Child and David Mackintosh

Festival of Ideas


Sunday 5 May 2019
10.30 — 11.30am

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Author, illustrator and Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child, with designer, David Mackintosh, talk about working together and reveal how they go about creating best-selling children’s books.

For the past decade, the pair have collaborated on some of Lauren’s best-loved books. In this event, they will take us through specific scenes in Charlie and Lola revealing how Child’s early storyboard ideas are transformed into beautiful books. Hear what happens to the artwork once it leaves Child’s studio and reaches Mackintosh’s, why Lauren’s answerphone messages take forever to listen to, why David’s emails aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. This event promises to be fun for adults and curious kids alike who just love books.

Lauren Child

As one of the most influential and innovative writers of her generation, Lauren Child has a unique ability to see the world through children’s eyes. Best known as the creator of the successful book series Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola. Child was appointed Waterstones Children’s Laureate in 2017. Her latest book is Hubert Horatio: How to Raise your Grown-ups.

David Mackintosh

David Mackintosh is a graphic designer and illustrator who has collaborated with some of the most celebrated names in children’s publishing including Mick Inkpen, David Melling, Cressida Cowell and Lauren Child. He is also the author of several books including Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School, The Frank Show and Waiting for Chicken Smith.

This talk will be followed by an audience Q&A.

Lauren Child and David Mackintosh will be signing books in the Burlington Gardens entrance hall, outside Pace Gallery, after the event.

Suitable for ages 7+.

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● Cancelled

Sunday 5 May 2019

10.30 — 11.30am

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£10, £5