Two renowned international children's authors touring SA - here's where to meet them

Jonny Duddle and Christopher Lloyd. (Photos: Supplied)
Jonny Duddle and Christopher Lloyd. (Photos: Supplied)

Jonathan Ball Publishers this week announced that children's authors Jonny Duddle and Christopher Lloyd will be in South Africa for local appearances. 

Jonny and Chris will both be attending the Franschhoek Literary Festival in Franschhoek in the Western Cape, with Christopher also taking a trip to Gauteng to attend the Kingsmead Book Fair in Johannesburg.

Who is Jonny Duddle?

Jonny Duddle overheard the story of his first book, The Pirate Cruncher, while sailing on a square-rigger. Since then he has written even stranger tales including The Pirates of Scurvy Sands, The Pirates Next Door, Gigantosaurus and The King of Space. The Pirates Next Door won the Waterstones Prize in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. He also illustrated the latest Harry Potter book covers in 2014. Now in danger of becoming a landlubber, Jonny lives in Wales with his wife, Jane, and their daughters, Daisy and Rosie.

Who is Christopher Lloyd?

Christopher Lloyd graduated with a double-first class degree in history from Cambridge University. He became Technology Editor with The Sunday Times newspaper in London and is now a bestselling author of more than fifteen books on world history including What on Earth Happened? (Bloomsbury), the series of What on Earth Timeline Wallbooks, Absolutely Everything! and more. He is in great demand as a lecturer and public speaker throughout the world, including at TEDx talks, conferences, educational seminars, museums, festivals and schools. Christopher Lloyd lives in Tonbridge, UK. 

Franschhoek Literary Festival events:

Friday 13 May: 10:00 - 11:00

The Five Wows! Developing a Lifelong Love of Learning

What’s the real point of education? Why do some children hate school? Why are teenagers so susceptible to mental health problems? These questions go to the heart of a new educational philosophy developed by educationalist and historian Christopher Lloyd. Join him on a fascinating journey into the natural learning system of our brains, fusing educational philosophy, evolutionary biology and personal experience.

Saturday 14 May: 10:00 - 11:00

Illustrators Unite!


Saturday 14 May: 10:00 - 11:00

It's Up To Us – A Children’s Terra Carta for Nature, People & Planet

Join world history author Christopher Lloyd on a visually arresting tour through 4 billion years of climate change. The show is based on the book ????’?? ???? ???? ????, with a foreword by the Prince of Wales and published to coincide with COP26 in 2021. Using his coat of many pockets containing everyday objects, Lloyd will show why it’s up to us to fix our planet – and how we can do it. For ages 6 to 106!

Sunday 15 May: 10:00 – 11:00

Enter Gigantosaurus!

The show features an interactive reading, a peek inside Jonny’s sketchbooks and a chance to create a fearsome pirate with Jonny.

Sunday 15 May: 11:30 - 13:30

The Britannica All New Children’s Encyclopedia Prize Quiz Show

Join Christopher Lloyd, editor of the Britannica All New Children’s Encyclopedia, in an exhilarating, family-friendly quiz show, answering questions on your cell phone. The winners of eight rounds, each based on a chapter of the Encyclopedia, will advance to the grand finale – where the Franschhoek Literary Festival / Britannica Quiz Champion of 2022 will be crowned!

Kingsmead Book Fair events in Johannesburg:

Wednesday 18 May: 18:00 - 19:00

Bringing History to Life - An evening with Chrisopher Lloyd

A fact-filled, fun talk that will entartain the whole family.

Saturday 21 May: 13:00 - 14:00

The Britannica All New Children’s Encyclopedia Prize Quiz Show

Join world famous author and historian Christopher Lloyd for his famous Britannica All New Children’s Encyclopedia Quiz Show where teams pit their general knowledge skills against each other. There will be prizes!

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