Reimagining the Classics with Emma Carroll

Sunday 02 October 2022
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
The Guildhall
£8.50 (excl. fees)
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Age: 7+

Join masterful storyteller – the ‘Hilary Mantel of children’s fiction’ (‘The Telegraph’) – Emma Carroll as she presents her remarkable reimaginings of two classics of children’s literature and why she was compelled to revisit these treasured stories for a new generation.

Return with Emma to the rainforest world Eva Ibbotson created in Eva’s classic Journey to the River Sea. The war is over and Rosa Sweetman, a Kindertransport girl, embarks on an adventure full of danger deep in the Amazon rainforest in search of giant sloths, jaguars and a place for herself. Emma shares her inspiration for her dazzling sequel, Escape to the River Sea, including her own trip to the Amazon.

And let Emma sweep you back to the streets of Victorian London, where Bridie works hard, selling matches to feed her family. Finding herself with only three matches left, the magical strike of each one sees Bridie tumble into visions of a brighter future. Controlling their destiny, Bridie leads the match factory workers out on strike, uniting in courage and hope. Emma reveals the real-life events that inspired this defiant and empowering retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s story The Little Match Girl.

Which other celebrated children’s books would Emma like to reimagine and are there any classic stories you’d like to re-explore?

About the Author

Emma Carroll is a best-selling author and the ‘queen of historical fiction’ (Guardian). She has been nominated for and the winner of numerous national, regional and schools awards – including the Books Are My Bag Readers’ Award, Branford Boase, CILIP Carnegie Medal, Young Quills, Teach Primary and the Waterstones Book Prize. Emma is one of very few authors to have been Waterstones Book of the Month twice. Emma’s home is in the Somerset hills with her husband and two terriers. She still can’t believe her luck that she gets to write dangerous books for a living.

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