Wednesday, 18 April 2012

David Walliams online author event

Did you know that comedian David Walliams was also a children's author? He has written several books which you can borrow from the library. Even better, you can hear him talk about his latest, Gangsta Granny, on 10th May at 11am at one of the Authors Live events from Scottish Book Trust and the BBC. Watch live on your PC or, if a teacher, register your whole class (suitable for ages 8-12) to watch via SBT. If you miss it, you can watch again on the SBT site after 17th May.

Gangsta Granny tells the story of Ben who is bored staying with his grandmother. All she wants to do is play board games and eat cabbage soup. Then he discovers her past as an international jewel thief......tune in to find out more! Here's what David Walliams says about his wriitng and about the event:

“I tend to write books which I would like to read, and which make me laugh.  If you can get kids laughing and tell a good story, they’re much more likely to see reading as something which is a fun thing to do in their free time, and which is an enjoyable alternative to playing computer games or watching TV. It’s a fact that most children these days are pretty comfortable in front of a computer screen, so streaming me live into classrooms and people’s homes via the Scottish Book Trust’s Authors Live event is a great way to generate a real buzz around reading, and hopefully encourage even the most reluctant of readers to get stuck into a book.”

He's obviously very supportive of reading and listening, as well as being a brilliant entertainer, so this promises to be a fantastic event.


  1. I read Gangsta Granny recently. I downloaded it onto Kindle as an experiment to see if a children's book worked as an ebook and I thoroughly enjoyed it. He is so outrageous with all the cabbage soup and ensuing wind issues etc. On the minus side, I decided that children's books don't work so well on Kindles. The system has too many restrictions. I've seen some amazing apps that promise to bring us exciting children's ebooks for the future. I do hope the libraries will be able to work with all this new technology.

  2. I agree about apps, though the ones I have seen, such as Nosy Crow's are picture books. There are all sorts of technical and rights issues with libraries and ebooks, never mind apps, so I 'm not sure what the future holds there.

  3. I have passed the information to Nina and Tanya's school and Tanya told me their teacher registered the class and they were able to watch it live...they have all enjoyed it.