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A Not-So-Horrid Afternoon with Francesca Simon!

In conversation with Myra Zepf

While reading stories to her son, Francesca Simon was encouraged to start writing children’s books and since then, many of her stories have been inspired by real-life situations. One of Francesca’s most successful and irrepressible creations has been the famous (or should that be infamous) Horrid Henry, who first appeared in 1994.


Horrid Henry has gone on to conquer the globe and his adventures are published in 27 languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. In 2008, Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman won the Children’s Book of the Year Award at the Galaxy British Book Awards.


Francesca is one of the nation’s most popular authors and has written over 50 books for children of all ages. When she is not writing, Francesca is often encouraging and inspiring young writers and has judged many writing competitions for schools. She has also been a judge for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. In 2009, in one of the proudest moments of her career, Francesca was awarded a Gold Blue Peter badge.


Francesca is also a passionate ambassador for children’s literacy and access to literature and we are delighted to welcome her to HomePlace where she will be in conversation with former Children’s Writing Fellow for NI and children’s author Myra Zepf.


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