Tiger legend Judith Kerr, known by so many of us for the Tiger Who Came To Tea, set the bar high for the opening event at this year’s Bath Festival of Children’s Literature last Friday.
In conversation with Julia Eccleshare, this well-known writer and illustrator was poised and eloquent, the consummate story-teller. She told of her upbringing, how she came to write and illustrate books and where the inspiration came from to write the Mog and Granny books as well as her most recent title, Mr Cleghorn’s Seal. The audience of 300 plus sat spellbound in the Guildhall in awe of one of our most treasured children’s authors. At 92 she is unstoppable!
Her responses to the many audience questions were memorable:
“Are you in a granny gang?” “Am I in a granny gang? Of course I am!”
“How do you write your books? Pen? Pencil?” “I used to write with a pencil, now I use a computer. I LOVE my computer!”
Those present knew that they had participated in something very special: that hour spent with Judith Kerr will never be forgotten. We felt honoured to have been there.