2022: Geraldine McCaughrean – plus centenary play

Geraldine McCaughrean pictured at The Guardian Hay Festival 2006

IN 2020 IT WOULD HAVE BEEN 100 years since the birth of Philippa Pearce, and, sadly, our celebrations had to be canceled. But we are delighted to announce that the special Anniversary Event will now take place on Thursday 14th April 2022.  

  • The Centenary Lecture –  ‘100 years of gratitude’ by double-Carnegie-Medal winner, Geraldine McCaughrean. 
  • Inside her Head, the premier of a short play inspired by Philippa Pearce’s short story, from the award-winning playwright and friend of the author, Nick Warburton. 

Geraldine McCaughrean is the author of more than 170 books for all ages from toddlers to adults, and published in over 50 countries. Perhaps best known for her official sequel, Peter Pan in Scarlet, she has won numerous awards, including three Whitbread/Costa Children’s Book Awards and the Carnegie Medal in 1989 and 2018.  

Nick Warburton is an acclaimed playwright and screenwriter who has won the BBC/Radio Times Drama Award, the Sandford St Martin Award and the Tinniswood Award. His work for radio includes A Play for the Heart, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and adaptations of The Canterbury Tales and The Mysteries for the cast of The Archers.

The Philippa Pearce Lecture Anniversary Celebration, Thursday 14th April

  • Doors open 4.00pm
  • Lecture 5.00–6.00pm
  • (Short break)
  • Play 6.10–6.30pm
  • Drinks reception and book signing 6.30pm 

As always, Heffers will provide a bookstall featuring titles by Geraldine McCaughrean and Philippa Pearce. Payment will be by card only.

Tickets are free of charge.


Before tickets are made publicly available, we will be contacting everyone who booked for this event in 2020 and will honour those bookings first for this event.

The lecture is always fully booked. If you reserve a ticket that you find you are unable to use, please cancel the booking on the Eventbright website so that we can release the seat for someone else. Failing that please contact us so that we can cancel for you. Thank you.