Kiran Millwood Hargrave & Tom de Freston | Julia and the Shark – Online
Fri 27 May - Sun 5 Jun 2022
This event was recorded at our Spring Festival in April
‘A truly beautiful book, with text and illustrations in perfect harmony’ – Jacqueline Wilson
Award-winning and bestselling author of The Mercies Kiran Milwood Hargrave and illustrator Tom de Freston present this captivating event for older children on their newest book, Julia and the Shark. Following the story of a mother, a daughter, and the great Greenland shark, this powerful book is a wondrous journey exploring themes of family and mental health. Suitable for ages 9+.
With thanks to Bidwells who supported the Children’s Programme.
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Kiran Millwood Hargrave is a poet, playwright, and author. Her books for children and young adults include the bestselling The Girl of Ink & Stars, The Island at the End of Everything, The Way Past Winter, and A Secret of Birds & Bone (2020). The Deathless Girls was her first YA novel. Her debut novel for adults was The Mercies (February 2020). Between them, her children’s books have won numerous awards including Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards, the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the Historical Association Young Quills Award, and the Blackwell’s Children’s Book of the Year. They have been shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize, the Little Rebels Prize, the Branford Boase Award, the Blue Peter Best Story Award, Costa Children’s Book Prize, and Foyles’ Children’s Book of the Year, amongst others. The Mercies debuted at number one of the The Times bestseller list, is a Sunday Times bestseller, and was selected for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club. It was listed for the prestigious Prix Femina in France and was called ‘unquestionably the book of the 2018 London Book Fair’ by The Bookseller. Kiran lives in Oxford with her husband, the artist Tom de Freston, and their rescue cat, Luna.