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Raymond Antrobus and Ken Wilson-Max: Terrible Horses

  • 4 April 2024
  • 11:3012:30
  • £10.00
  • Ages 2 – 18 years


Terrible Horses is a truly authentic and stunningly evocative picture book on brother-sister dynamics and how creativity and storytelling can help resolve conflict and enable better understanding. This little boy does not get on with his sister. They misunderstand each other, struggle to communicate and they fight. Afterwards, there’s a lot of hurt, heavy feelings and loneliness. In order to escape their constant rowing and clear his head, the boy often retreats to his bedroom where he writes stories about terrible horses – trampling and galloping – and he, a lone pony, who cannot compete and cannot speak. But what happens when his sister finds his book? Could it be a way for them to finally understand each other? Filled with empathy and poignance, Terrible Horses is a story about managing anger and learning to see someone else's perspective. This event will feature a reading of the book along with live illustration and an opportunity to ask questions. Raymond Antrobus became the first poet to be awarded the Rathbone Folio Prize, and was awarded an MBE for his services to literature in 2021. His adult poetry collection The Perseverance won Antrobus the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and the Ted Hughes Award. His poetry collection, All the Names Given, was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. Can Bears Ski?, illustrated by Polly Dunbar, was Antrobus’ picture book debut. Ken Wilson-Max is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books. He was born in Zimbabwe and lives in London. Wilson-Max is among the Speaking Volumes 100 Breaking New Ground British writers and illustrators of colour. He has illustrated more than 70 children’s books in his unique style, which have been published by over 15 international publishers in many languages worldwide. His book was listed in ‘50 Best Culturally Diverse Children's Books’ by and is listed in ‘150 Important Children's Books’ by the African American Literature Book Club.

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  • Greater London
  • SE1
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