University of Leicester eBulletin

Children set to join in University of Leicester's 80th Anniversary Celebrations

March 2002

No 71  

pic of Chris D'Lacey
MAGIC MOMENTS: As part of University's 80th anniversary celebrations, children are to share award-winning author's world of fiction [story]

Children are being invited to the University of Leicester as part of its 80th anniversary celebrations.

Award-winning author Chris d'Lacey, a member of the University's staff, will share his experiences of the world of fiction at the special event on May 25.

The event, featuring a combination of slides, audience participation and talk is also likely to appeal to 'big kids' out there!

Chris, who operates the confocal microscope at the University, said: "The talk is strictly informal and everybody is welcome.  It will be funny (hopefully!), and probably quite daft in places. I've been described in the past as doing stand-up for kids!"

Chris hopes the event will be both amusing and informative, showing young children the face behind his popular and greatly admired books, which include the Carnegie short-listed book, 'Fly, Cherokee, Fly'.

Part of the talk will promote his new book 'The Salt Pirates of Skegness' which is due out shortly and is aimed at children around the age of eight plus. This will involve the audience dressing up as some of the wild and wacky characters in the story and enacting scenes from the book.

Chris will also be sharing humorous anecdotes, such as the creation of the original book cover for 'The Fire Within'.  One Christmas, far too many years ago to remember, Chris was forced to photograph a toy squirrel in a tree opposite the University in order to create the cover of his book.  This piece of imaginative photography will be one of many slides that Chris will be showing during the talk.   

Chris's energetic enthusiasm for his work and his infectious personality are guaranteed to make this event a roaring success.

The talk will take place on Saturday, May 25 from 2-3pm in the Ken Edwards Building.  Children large and small all welcome to attend.

This is one of a number of events being staged to mark the historic year for the University. More details on: http://www.le.ac.uk/press/university80th.html

Note to editors: For more information, please contact Chris d’Lacey on 0116 2523019

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