UNBROKEN FESTIVAL: Mental Health in Children’s Literature

Written by Charlie Sheppard
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In this session, Charlie Sheppard, Publishing Director at acclaimed children’s publisher Andersen Press, will give us a general overview of the issue of mental health in today’s children’s books, looking at how often the subject is dealt with, what approaches authors tend to take and whether or not the way in which it is spoken about or dealt with has changed over recent years.  She will then share with us some examples from Andersen’s own output – from beautiful picture books to teen and YA volumes that might just make you laugh and cry within the same chapter.

Bookworms of all ages are guaranteed to enjoy this session and we hope to see children, teenagers, parents, guardians, teachers, librarians and writers in the audience together, along with any other interested parties!

A small festival bookstall will be available in the Theatre503 foyer afterwards.

All tickets are Pay What You Can.

Charlie Sheppard

Charlie Sheppard studied English and Drama at Bristol University and went on to complete a MA in English at Cardiff University. She began her publishing career at Reed Books in 1995 (now Egmont) before moving to Random House Children’s Books, where she published the likes of Markus Zusak, Joseph Delaney, Mark Haddon and Matt Haig amongst others. She now works at Independent publishing house Andersen Press - where she is the Publishing Director and her books have won the Costa Children’s Book Award, the Guardian Fiction Prize and the UKLA award. She has three children and is passionate about the reading habits and mental health of young people.


Sunday 29 October Sun 29 Oct 17:00 Book Now
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