Autumn performances 2023 › London

Anna Woltz performance

Dutch author Anna Woltz is a master storyteller. Her novel Talking to Alaska is a gripping and heart-warming story about two unlikely friends that are brought together by the love of a dog. Enter the world of Parker and Sven as they start a new school. Parker has had a terrible summer and had to give up her beloved dog; Sven is desperate to make an impression and be known as anything other than that boy with epilepsy.

We are delighted to welcome Anna Woltz to the stage at Institut Français to talk about her books, where the ideas for her stories come from and how she goes about researching and creating her characters. This performance is a brilliant way to inspire Year 5 and 6 children and encourage their own creative writing.

Every child attending this performance will receive a **FREE** copy of _Talking to Alaska_ to take home and keep! cover

Every child attending this performance will receive a FREE copy of Talking to Alaska to take home and keep!

Institut Français, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT
Thursday 16th November
11:00 am
Approx. 1 hour
Age range:
Years 5 and 6

Anna Woltz

Anna Woltz is an internationally bestselling children’s author based in the Netherlands. She has written twenty-six books for young readers, which have been translated into twenty-four languages and won numerous prizes. Anna's latest title, My Especially Weird Week with Tess, is published by Rock the Boat this April, and has been made into an award-winning film.

Praise for Talking to Alaska

'A super original, tense YA story about two struggling outsiders, connected by a dog - it's timeless and clever.'

Sophie Dahl

Book tickets for an event and receive two free books for your classroom

How to book tickets

Free Workshops!

The Children’s Bookshow will allocate four free in-classroom workshops to schools attending this performance with 30 or more children. Book tickets for this event to have a chance of being chosen to receive this fantastic opportunity.

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We feel it is so beneficial for our children to have the opportunity to meet authors and to hear them talk about their work. The children themselves are so enthusiastic about reading after these events that we feel they are an invaluable contribution towards our children becoming both skilled readers and lovers of reading.

A teacher in Liverpool

The details

  • Please arrive at the venue at least 20 minutes before the start of the performance, so that you have enough time to find your seats and and use the bathroom. Our start times are strictly governed by the theatres that we work with and by the start and end times of the school day. If you are unavoidably delayed, please get in touch with your Children’s Bookshow contact as soon as possible.
  • Depending on the time of the performance, you may want your children to bring a packed lunch. (Please contact the theatre directly to check if there is a suitable space.)
  • Parking facilities vary from theatre to theatre; please check the theatre website for details.
  • Please contact the theatre directly for risk assessment information.
  • Please ensure your children have visited the bathroom before the show starts, or ask them to wait until after the performance ends. A constant stream of children getting up to go to the toilet is very distracting for our performers and other members of the audience.

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Have any questions? Get in touch

Natalie McKie

Your contact for this performance is Natalie McKie, she will be happy to answer any queries you have:

07827 444399