10 Stories to Make a Difference

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This event took place on Thursday 24 June 2021

A stellar line-up celebrates the publication of ten new children’s stories.

Join children’s writers and illustrators Philip Ardagh, Sita Bramachari, Alexis Deacon, Laura Dockrill, Jamila Gavin, Jay Hulme, Jane Ray, Chris Riddell, David Roberts, Marcus Sedgwick and others, for an exhilarating mixed-bill of performances, readings, illustration and conversation to celebrate the publication of 10 Stories to Make a Difference.

10 Stories is a limited edition collection of 10 inclusion-led illustrated titles for young readers of all ages, giving a platform to diverse new writers and illustrators and untold stories by well-known authors. The stories feature characters of colour, with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ themes. The event includes a panel conversation on LGBTQ+ visibility in children's books.

Published by national children’s literature development agency Pop Up, 10 Stories involved collaborations with 12 publishers and 20 writers and illustrators – nine making their debut, alongside established names who donated their work.

Pop up is a not-for-profit community interest company with a mission to transform lives through literature, especially through working with people in deprived places and challenging circumstances. Pop Up produces transformative programmes with schools, communities and writers and illustrators at every stage in their careers.


Chris Riddell

Illustrator and Author

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Laura Dockrill

Author and Poet

Jacinta Read

Illustrator and Author

David Roberts


Jamie Beard


Danica Da Silva Pereira

Illustrator and Graphic Designer

Avital Balwit

Author and Researcher

Alexis Deacon

Illustrator and Author

Remembering the Holocaust: Anne Frank's step-sister Eva Schloss

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This event took place on Monday 25th January 2021

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, 91-year old Eva Schloss MBE tells her remarkable story. A childhood neighbour of Anne Frank in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, she was incarcerated in and then liberated from Auschwitz.

Before the Second World War, Eva and her family were neighbours of the Franks in Amsterdam. The two families went separately into hiding from the Nazis. Both were betrayed and deported to Auschwitz. Eva, her mother and Anne’s father were the only survivors. When Eva settled in London after the War, Eva’s mother and Anne’s father married. Eva has published three books and speaks about her experiences to thousands of people around the world.

In 1991, Eva co-founded the Anne Frank Trust UK, an anti-prejudice education charity, which is now in its 30th year. Using Anne Frank’s life and diary as a starting point, the trust aims to empower young people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to challenge all forms of prejudice and discrimination.

Tim Robertson has been Chief Executive of the Anne Frank Trust UK since 2018. His previous roles include Director of the Royal Society of Literature, Chief Executive of the Koestler Trust for arts in prisons, and children’s social worker in the London Borough of Camden.

In association with the Anne Frank Trust.

Order your copy of Eva's book After Auschwitz: A story of heartbreak and survival by the stepsister of Anne Frank here