Join the award-winning and best-selling author of The Mercies, Kiran Millwood Hargrave and her husband, illustrator Tom de Freston on a wondrous journey through adventures, hope and stories. They will be talking about their latest novel Julia and the Shark, a captivating, powerful and uplifting story about a mother, a daughter and the great Greenland shark – exploring themes of family, mental health, the importance of science and the environment.
Kiran Millwood Hargrave is an award-winning poet, playwright, and best-selling author. Since the publication of her debut novel The Girl of Ink & Stars in 2016, she has proven herself to be one of the most exciting voices in children’s fiction. Her books for children and young adults include the best-selling The Island at the End of Everything, The Way Past Winter, and A Secret of Birds & Bone. Her works for children have variously won the overall Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017, the British Book Award’s Children’s Book of the Year, and the Blackwell’s Children’s Book of the Year.
Tom de Freston is an artist and writer, and is currently the artistic director of Medicine Unboxed. His work is exhibited widely, and he has held various prestigious residencies and fellowships, including the inaugural Creative Fellowship at Birmingham University, the Levy Plumb Artist in Residence at Cambridge University, and a Leverhulme Artistic Residency. Previous publications include graphic novels with Bloomsbury and Gatehouse Press.