2017 Events

Eleanor Farjeon Award and Patrick Hardy Lecture
Wednesday 29th November 2017


6th Floor Foyles, Charing Cross Road, London

Join us for the Eleanor Farjeon Award and Patrick Hardy Lecture on 29th November 2017 at Foyles, Charing Cross Road.

The Eleanor Farjeon Award will be celebrating libraries, librarians and the integral role they play in the Children's Book industry. 

We are proud to announce that our speaker for the Patrick Hardy Lecture 2017 will be the award-winning Children's author, Elizabeth Laird. Elizabeth is the author of Welcome to Nowhere, as well as Red Sky in the Morning and The Garbage King - plus many more!

Elizabeth's books are full of strength, oral tradition and survival. She has travelled widely, living and working in Africa and the Middle East, and most recently visiting Jordanian refugee camps and working with a charity to set up schools in the area. Elizabeth will share with us parts of her daily 'author travels' diary packed with humour and jeopardy. It's sure to be an poignant and impactful lecture!

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Tickets £5 for Members/ £10 for Non-Members

Wine and nibbles included.

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Who are we?

Founded in 1962 as an informal association of children’s book editors, we are a not- for-profit organisation run entirely by a committee of volunteers from the industry. Over the past 50 years, the CBC has expanded to embrace anyone with a professional interest in children’s books, from publishers, librarians, authors and illustrators, to teachers, booksellers and agents.

What We Do

Each year, we put on 10-12 children’s book events in order to promote, explore and celebrate the importance of children’s publishing. These can range from Meet and Critique evenings, to panel debates about everything from digital futures to where to draw the line in teen literature. Hosted by a diverse range of industry experts, we believe that discussion and debate are key factors in driving the children’s book industry forward, and audience participation is actively encouraged.

In order for industry professionals to meet in a less formal setting, we also organise several purely social events, from pub quizzes to spring and christmas drinks evenings.

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