School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Fickling Lecture

Fickling Lecture on Developments in Children’s Literature

The Fickling Lecture on Developments in Children’s Literature brings a major contemporary voice to Newcastle to reflect on children’s literature and culture.

The lecture forms part of Newcastle University’s popular free Insights public lecture series and is hosted by the Children’s Literature Unit, part of the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, with Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books. We would like to thank David Fickling Books for their continued support of this annual event.

Previous Fickling Lecture speakers have included (links to recordings included where possible):

2017 Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE

2016 Dame Marina Warner

2015 Ian McMillan

2014 Frank Cottrell Boyce

2013 Sarah Brown

2012 Baroness Shami Chakrabarti CBE

2011 Roddy Doyle

2010 Nick Hornby

2009 Sandi Toksvig OBE

2008 James Naughtie

2007 Sir Andrew Motion

2006 Philip Pullman

The Fickling Lecture forms part of a programme of events jointly organised by the Children’s Literature Unit and Seven Stories, including talks, workshops, symposia, and encounters with children’s book collections. For details of forthcoming events, please email rachel.pattinson@ncl.ac.uk to sign up to our mailing list.

Fickling Lecture
David Fickling with Shami Chakrabarti