Ten Days in May

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David Walliams: The New Roald Dahl: Melbourne

Loved, admired, and perhaps somewhat reviled by adults as part of the comedy duo of Little Britain, David Walliams is far better known by kids across the globe as the author — of rock star proportions — of hilarious and often moving illustrated children’s novels.

Often dubbed the ‘Roald Dahl of the 21st Century’, his books have been published in 40 languages, selling over four million copies in the UK alone. His first book, The Boy in the Dress (released in late 2008), was illustrated by Dahl’s longtime collaborator Quentin Blake. He’s since published six more novels and two picture books in quick succession, and to much acclaim. Just this year, sales of his novels — all firmly geared to a tween readership — have outstripped that of J.K. Rowling. And it’s all seemingly happened by stealth.

Walliams will drop by the Athenaeum Theatre for a chat with broadcaster and comedian Meshel Laurie … and a budding legion of young Australian fans. Come along, bring your kids and meet the international children’s publishing sensation.

This event is perfect for children aged 7–12, but open to all ages.

See also:

· Ten Days in May: David Walliams: The New Roald Dahl: Yarra Ranges


Portrait of David Walliams

David Walliams

David Walliams is an award-winning and internationally successful children’s author. His books (which include Awful Auntie, Demon Dentist and Gangsta Granny) have sold millions of copies worldwide, been translated into more than forty languages and adapted for television. In the adult world, David is an actor best known for his work with Matt Lucas in the multi-award-winning sketch show Little Britain. He is also a judge on Britain’s Got Talent.

Portrait of Meshel Laurie

Meshel Laurie

Meshel Laurie is a stand-up comedian of some 20 years’ experience, a radio and television broadcaster and writer.

She is currently co-host of Matt & Meshel in the Morning on KIIS 101.1FM, and a regular panelist on TEN’s The Project.  

In 2013, Meshel released her first book — a memoir titled The Fence-Painting Fortnight of Destiny — and she continues to blog at The site is also dedicated to connecting charitable people with charitable organisations, and fighting racism. She is also a regular contributor to Sunday Life magazine.

Meshel is proudly an official ambassador for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Australia, and for Reconciliation Australia.

Ten Days in May

This May, join us as we welcome guests from Sydney Writers’ Festival to Melbourne.

You’ll meet genre-hopping writer Jonathan Lethem, find a clearer path to happiness with Paul Dolan, explore counterinsurgency and ethnography with David Kilcullen and Robert Manne, and catch up with international children’s publishing sensation David Walliams — often dubbed ‘the new Roald Dahl’.

Plus: hear from literary magician David Mitchell, delve into various beginnings with legendary playwright and novelist Michael Frayn, learn about the turning points in master biographer Claire Tomalin’s own life, and examine textual intimacy with Booker-winning poet and author Ben Okri.

Presented in partnership with Sydney Writers’ Festival.

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