Where do we go from here? Panel discussion
7 Feb 20
Friday 7 February 2020 1 - 2pm
In conjunction with Drawing Europe Together, an exhibition of artworks by 45 children’s book illustrators from across Europe who have shared their vision of the EU's shared past and its uncertain future, the RWA is hosting a lunchtime panel discussion on the future of Europe.
In the wake of 31st January and in the dawn of a new decade, this discussion will cover the UK's new position in Europe, where we go from here and how our identity, both national and personal, will change over the next few months and years.
The panel includes Axel Scheffler, Maike Bohn and Penny Dale. Join us and be part of the debate.
Axel Scheffler is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed illustrator of some of the most well-loved children’s books including The Gruffalo, written by Julia Donaldson. His books have been published in many languages and his work has been exhibited all around the world. Born in Hamburg, Axel has lived in the UK for over three decades and now has joint citizenship. He actively campaigned to remain in Europe before and after the Brexit referendum in 2016 and was the driving force behind the book, Drawing Europe Together, published by Macmillan in 2018.
Maike Bohn is co-founder of the3million, the UK's largest grassroots organisation of EU27 citizens in the UK. She is also managing director of the Oxford–Berlin Research Centre and writes about EU citizens in the UK.
Penny Dale is a best-selling British children’s book author and illustrator living in South Wales. She has sold more than 4 million books worldwide including her much-loved picture book Ten in the Bed, with editions in over 20 languages. A passionate Europhile, her work is featured in the Drawing Europe Together exhibition and in the accompanying book.