Lecture to Explore Food and Fiction for Children

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Food in children’s literature will be the subject of a special public lecture taking place at The Hive next week.

Professor Jean Webb, Director of the International Forum for Research in Children's Literature at the University of Worcester, will deliver the latest in the University’s Professorial Lecture Series on Wednesday, December 3 with a talk titled ‘Devouring Books: food and fiction for children’.

She said: “Food is an essential component for life. Writing for children is more complex than would be thought at first. Writers variously use the subject of food as a means of writing about culture, national identity, history, health and morality as in, for example, Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows (1908), Ethel Turner’s Seven Little Australians (1894), and Kevin Crossley-Holland’s The Seeing Stone (2000).

“The lecture will cover a range of children’s literature from international perspectives where food is a means of communicating other ideas. It will be of interest to the literary foodie.”

The lecture will take place at The Hive library in Worcester and entry is free of charge.

The monthly lectures have been running at The Hive since February, with a break for the summer, and have so far covered topics as varied as the history of local theatre, the ongoing story of DNA and whether or not it is possible to live well with dementia.

For information on courses at the University of Worcester come along to our Open Day on Sunday, November 30.