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Judith Kerr

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Judith Kerr was born on 14 June 1923 in Berlin but escaped from Hitler's Germany with her parents and brother in 1933 when she was nine years old. Her father Alfred Kerr was a drama critic and a distinguished writer whose books were burned by the Nazis. The family passed through Switzerland and France before arriving finally in England in 1936. Judith went to 11 different schools, worked in the Red Cross during the war, and won a scholarship to the Central School of Arts and Crafts in 1945. Since then she has worked as an artist, a BBC television scriptwriter and, for the past 30 years, as author and illustrator of children's books.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

2016

Judith Kerr

Judith Kerr, one of the world's finest and best-loved children's authors, in conversation with Nicolette Jones. WATCH THIS EVENT NOW. 

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Judith Kerr, one of the world's finest and best-loved children's authors, talks about her life-story and her life-in-books with Nicolette Jones

2014

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Update Friday 28 February: We are very sorry to announce that Judith Kerr is unwell and very sadly unable to attend the festival on Sunday. Jews and music under Nazi rule scheduled for the same time will now take place in Hall 1. 

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Video

 
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