WEBWIRE – Wednesday, February 22, 2012Jamie Oliver, Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Morpurgo are among a host of literary stars due to shine at a glittering evening in celebration of children’s literature at The Clore Ballroom in the Royal Festival Hall.
Children’s literature is often described as being in a Golden Age. The sale of children’s books is rising unimpeded by the current economic climate. More and more children’s books are becoming the subjects of Hollywood blockbuster films – Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse most recently. There are numerous campaigns to aid literacy being launched and meeting with success.
And yet despite these triumphs, children’s literature – unlike many children – could be described as ‘quiet’. There are no red carpet ceremonies, no black tie functions, no glamorous occasions to celebrate the richness of the industry.
Tomorrow (February 23), at The Clore Ballroom in the Royal Festival Hall, the great and the good of children’s literature will finally be celebrating all that is great and good about children’s literature!
Complete with red carpet, black tie dress code, stunning Thames-side venue and a children’s books-themed menu devised by Jamie Oliver himself, the gala dinner, hosted by the Book People will be a fairytale night to remember.