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Afternoon Tea with Cressida Cowell

18 June @ 16:00 - 16:45 BST

Grab a cuppa and a join us for a 45-minute online video session with Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell as she shares a mini tour of her creative workspace, insights into what she’s currently working on, and how she is adapting to working online.

This session coincides with the announcement of the winner of the inaugural Queen’s Knickers Award, celebrating children’s writers and illustrators.


2 minutes – Welcome from Jo McCrum, secretary of the SoA’s Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group

5-10 minutes – Introduction from Cressida Cowell with a short tour of her workspace and glimpse into her creative routine

10-20 minutes – Discussion on the Queen’s Knickers Award

5 minutes – Advice for authors on staying creative and connected

10-15 minutes – Q&A from audience

If you would like to send questions for Cressida in advance, email Jo McCrum with ‘Cressida Cowell – Question’ in the subject header.

The line-up 

Cressida Cowell – author, Waterstones Children’s Laureate

The current Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Cressida Cowell, is the author-illustrator of How to Train Your Dragon – also a film and TV franchise – and The Wizards of Once series. Cressida is a trustee of World Book Day, a patron of Read for Good, and an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust. She has won numerous prizes for her work.

Website: cressidacowell.com  | @CressidaCowell

Thank you to the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) for supporting the SoA Awards.

The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) is a not-for-profit organisation started by writers for the benefit of all types of writers. Owned by its members, ALCS collects money due for secondary uses of writers’ work. It is designed to support authors and their creativity, ensure they receive fair payment and see their rights are respected. It promotes and teaches the principles of copyright and campaigns for a fair deal. It represents over 100,000 members, and since 1977 has paid around £500 million to writers (alcs.co.uk).



18 June
16:00 - 16:45 BST
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