The 5th Pearce Memorial Lecture was held at
and Malorie Blackman was the speaker. The title of her talk was: 21st
Century Storytelling: Will the advent of new technology create a paradigm shift
in the writing and reading of children's literature? Cambridge
Here she is with Jill Paton Walsh
and with Philppa Pearce’s daughter, Sally and grandchildren Nat and Will.
Malorie opened up a big discussion about the merits of both the physical book and the enhanced e-book. I guess that anyone attending this lecture series would be a lover of the physical book but possibly open minded about the merits of interactive links to stories and on-line reviews by young bloggers. So it was good to hear one book form could compliment the other and there would still be a place for the quality book to treasure, touch and hand on down to grandchildren.
It was interesting, also, to hear that Julia Donaldson was against The Gruffalo becoming an e-book.
All the lectures can be downloaded from the website: