Buried Treasure in Children's Literature - A Dialogue with Peter Suart

2014-07-19 11:00 - 12:30

Buried Treasure in Children's Literature - A Dialogue with Peter Suart

When: 19 Jul 2014 Sat 11:00-12:30
Where: Meeting Room S222-223, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Peter Suart

Peter Suart


Britain has a tradition of children's books written on two levels: one for children and one for adults. Some of the vocabulary and ideas are geared to sail over the heads of children and amuse and intrigue adults. Children don't mind the bits that they don't understand. Sometimes they ask, 'What's a so-and-so?' The adult smiles, and either explains, or says, 'One day you'll find out.' And if the child goes back to the book as an adult, she or he can see the hidden treasure the author had buried.

Famous examples are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Winnie-the-Pooh. Other countries play this game, too: for example Finland, in Tove Jansson's Moomin books, and France, in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince.

Peter Suart has also used this device in his Tik and Tok books, which look at philosophical ideas in a way designed to be approachable by children, and stimulating to adults. In this talk he will discuss these ideas and show slides of his own and other people's books, after which he will dialogue with May Fung on his work as illustrator, writer, musician and theatrical performer, and on the nature of working in many disciplines.

This event is a part of Mugwump - Peter Suart on books, illustration and memory. The word 'mugwump' comes from a Native American Algonquian word, and has come to mean an independent person, one of no political or ideological affiliation. This idea relates to working in many disciplines. A person whose mind is independent and deeply curious takes pleasure in working in different fields, seeing connections and differences across disparate areas of endeavour. All people, regardless of their work, may mine experience and thought and feeling with this sense of independent curiosity.


Moderator: Ms May FUNG Mei-wah (Independent art and culture worker and Chair, Art & Culture Outreach)
Language: English
Remarks: Suitable for adult and teenage readers.


Tel: 852-25828888
Add: 1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong


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