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Some highlights from 2003

  • International School of Brussels, 24 – 27 March
  • Cheltenham Festival with Liz Laird and Bernard Ashley, 5 April
  • The Other Side of Truth, (adapted by the author) The Afternoon Play Radio 4, 22 April
  • Receiving Doctor of the University from The Open University, Cardiff, 3 May. Beverley was presented for her degree by Peter Barnes from the University’s Centre for Childhood. To read more click here.
  • Poetry Reading to accompany Exodus: Photographs by Sebastião Salgado (with Olusola Oyeleye, Grace Nichols and John Agard) Barbican Gallery, London, 7 May. More information at
  • International School of Lausanne, 13-15 May
  • United Kingdom Reading Association Conference, Cambridge, 12 July
  • Writing for Young People, Arvon Foundation, Shropshire with Writer/Theatre director Olusola Oyeleye and Guest Writer Alan Gibbons, 21 – 25 July. More information from or
  • Congress of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature, Kristiansand, Norway, 9 – 14 August
  • Children’s Literature New England’s Institute What a Gamble Friendship Is! , Newnham College, Cambridge, 17 – 20 August
  • Beverley Naidoo and Deborah Ellis (author of The Breadwinner and Parvanna’s Journey), Edinburgh Festival, 24 August. More information from
  • Children’s Book Week in Guernsey, 6-10 October
  • African Visions 2003, Chair at event with Tsitsi Dangaremba, Lilia Momple and Assia Djebar, The Voice Box, Festival Hall London, 21 October
  • SPEAK! An evening of readings with Harold Pinter, Beverley Naidoo, Monica Ali, Hari Kunzru and Diran Adebayo organised by the Refugee Council, Thursday 23 October, 6.30pm, St Paul’s, The Actor’s Church, Covent Garden London.
    Reading is Magic – Dorset Teacher’s Conference, Bovington Middle School, Wareham, 8 November