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Some highlights from 2002

  • Visit to libraries and Youth Library Groups in Scotland, 23-25 January
  • Reading the World – with Jamila Gavin, Bath Literature Festival, Saturday 9 March (information from )
  • Teenagers and politics – small ‘p’, Federation of Children’s Book Groups Annual Conference, Marlborough College, Wiltshire, 23 March
  • Readings and talks at East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 28-30 March, followed by visit to Australia
  • Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, 27-28 April, where The Other Side of Truth is shortlisted for the LA Times Young Adult Fiction Award
  • Brighton Festival: The Roald Dahl Platform Debate Absent Parents (with Anne Fine, Nina Bawden, Nicholas Tucker) Pavilion Theatre, Saturday 4th May 6pm; solo event Pavilion Theatre, Sunday 5th May 11am.
    The Guardian Hay Festival 2002 Hay-on-Wye, with Celia Rees, 2pm Thursday June 6. Information at
  • South African Youth Day workshop at Ilfracombe College, North Devon, June 17th
  • PEN Readers and Writers day with Year 6, St Bernard’s R.C. Primary School, Burnage, Manchester, 5 July
  • Visit to Peckham Library, London, to include handing over £500 ‘Carnegie’ cheque from the Youth Libraries Group to the library of my choice – 12 July
  • Gordonbrock Primary School, London, 12 July – Leavers’ evening for Year 6 who dramatised The Other Side of Truthfor Holocaust Day memorial at Lewisham Theatre in January.
  • Receiving honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) from University of Southampton, 23 July

Beverley receiving her degree from The Earl of Selborne, the Chancellor of the University of Southampton. If you would like to read the citation, click here.
Photograph by Tempest

  • Magic Carpets: an International Perspective on Children’s Books, Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group Conference, Leeds, 13-15 September
  • The Word Festival, Polka Theatre for Children, Wimbledon, Sunday 29 September. For more information contact
  • IBBY World Congress, Basle Switzerland, to receive Honour List diploma for The Other Side of Truth, 1 October
  • 2002 Jane Addams Book Award for The Other Side of Truth (older children category) at Jane Addams Peace Association, New York, 18 October. For information about this interesting award visit
  • Welsh Books Council Children’s Books Conference, Aberystwyth, 1 November