Ten Days in May
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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 SkyHigh Mount Dandenong for a chat with musician-comedian-actor Eddie Perfect … 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.
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.
Eddie Perfect is one of Australia’s most diverse, respected and prolific writer/composer/performers. At the age of 37, he has already made his mark in the fields of comedy, music theatre composition and book-writing, playwrighting, screenwriting, classical music, jazz and acting for stage and screen.
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.