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The Institut Francais in South Kensington, London

TES books editor Geraldine Brennan on the inside literary track

Would your pupils like the same picture books if they lived in France or Italy? The Institut Francais in South Kensington, London, is hosting a round-table discussion on November 20 on "the European picture book" as part of its Youth Festival (November 19-22). If you're within reach, join the debate with British and European publishers and illustrators including Gruffalo creator Axel Scheffler. The festival introduces French authors and illustrators, such as Anais Vaugelade , whose Laurent Tout Seul is pictured, to new audiences in what is often their only UK appearance, and features their Francophile UK colleagues (Quentin Blake is a regular and Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo is headlining this year). The final Saturday (a "fun day" following two days of pre-booked schools events) includes a session in English and French for readers aged 10-plus with French fantasy writer Erik l'Homme in conversation with his translator, Ros Schwartz, about his trilogy Le Livre des Etoiles (Book of the Stars). Plus younger children's events, a great bookshop and cartoons. Many events are free. Tel: 020 7073 1345 or email: for full programme.

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