Kevin Crossley-Holland, celebrated author and President of the School Library Association, delivered an enchanting and beautifully crafted lecture: Footprints on the Grass: Speaking of Gardens and Children's Books to a full house at Homerton College Cambridge on 6th September.
Philippa Pearce died in 2006, but respect and affection for her writing is as strong as ever. In her memory, a series of lectures is now underway, each intended to celebrate excellence in writing for children.
The inaugural Philippa Pearce Memorial Lecture was held on 11th September 2008, at Homerton College, Cambridge, and focused on Philippa Pearce's own writing and contribution to children's literature. Subsequent lectures have ranged more widely and speakers have included Michael Rosen, Michael Morpurgo, Philip Pullman and Malorie Blackman. The 2014 Lecture will be given by Frank Cottrell Boyce.
Kevin's speech was filmed and will be available on the Philippa Pearce Memorial Lecture website soon. http://www.pearcelecture.com