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An Evening with Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

12 September 2018, 6:00 pm9:00 pm


Join Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell at a one-off special event in London to celebrate the publication of ART MATTERS, as they talk with broadcaster and presenter Lauren Laverne about inspiration, creativity and the power of words and images.

ART MATTERS is a creative call to arms from the mind of Neil Gaiman, combining his extraordinary words with deft and striking illustrations by Chris Riddell. Drawn together from speeches, poems and creative manifestos, it explores how reading, imagining and creating can change the world. Just like the book, this event will inspire people to seize the day in the name of art and will include live drawing by Chris Riddell.

The event will be the first of its kind held at the brand new multi-arts space, Hackney Arts Centre and will be held in association with Headline Publishing Group and Foyles.  A large print taken from the book and signed by Neil and Chris will be auctioned on the night with the proceeds going to English PEN.

*This event has now sold out – please contact the box office about returns*

Tickets are £16.50, and include a free copy of ART MATTERS for every ticket-holder signed by both Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell, which they will receive on the night courtesy of Foyles.

The event will be live-streamed via YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, so anyone unable to attend can also enjoy this incredible event.

Gaiman and Riddell will be answering audience questions, both from within the venue and from those viewers tuning in from elsewhere. Anyone not present at the Arts Centre will have the opportunity to submit their own questions via Twitter ahead of the event using the hashtag   #ArtMattersQandA.

*This event has now sold out – please contact the box office about returns*

Neil Gaiman is the bestselling author and creator of books, graphic novels, short stories, film and television for all ages, including Neverwhere, Coraline, The Graveyard Book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The View from the Cheap Seats and the critically acclaimed, Emmy-nominated television adaptation of American Gods.  The recipient of numerous literary honours, Gaiman has written scripts for Doctor Who, worked with authors and artists including Terry Pratchett, Chris Riddell and Dave McKean, and Sandman is established as one of the classic graphic novels. In 2017, he became a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. As George R. R. Martin says: ‘There’s no one quite like Neil Gaiman.’

Chris Riddell is one of the UK’s top contemporary illustrators. He has written and illustrated an exceptional range of books and is winner of many illustration awards, including the UNESCO Prize, the Greenaway Medal (three times) and the Hay Festival Medal for Illustration at the 2015 Hay Festival, where he was described as ‘the greatest illustrator of his generation’. He served as the Waterstones Children’s Laureate from 2015 to 2017. Chris is also a renowned political cartoonist whose work appears in the Observer, the Literary Review and the New Statesman.

Lauren Laverne is a multi-award winning broadcaster with twenty years’ experience working in broadcasting and the music industry. She has hosted on every major British television network and on BBC Radios 1,2,3,4,5 Live and 6Music, where she currently hosts the morning show. She also presents on BBC Radio 4, both as a documentary maker and as part of the team on the iconic Woman’s Hour. Laverne has hosted The Mercury Prize, The Turner Prize and The British Fashion Awards numerous times. On television she has presented a diverse range of arts and culture shows including BBC 2’s Glastonbury coverage, BBC 1’s Film 2017, BBC 2’s The Culture Show and Channel 4’s satirical news programme 10 0’Clock Live. Lauren has also written regular columns for the Observer, Red and Grazia magazines and is the Co-Founder and Editor at Large of The Pool.

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12 September 2018
6:00 pm—9:00 pm
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Hackney Arts Centre
11-17 Stoke Newington Road
London, N16 8BH United Kingdom
020 7422 7505