Recent events and appearances
Nicolette Jones is a regular contributor to radio and television, gives
talks and lectures, and appears as a speaker, panellist or chair at literary
events and festivals. Recent appearances are listed here.
- May 2013
- 11 May Nicolette Jones lays a Merchant Navy wreath on behalf of Samuel Plimsoll at service in Trinity House Gardens, Tower Hill, 1pm.
- 13 May Barrington Stoke panel about dyslexia, girls and reading. With Sally Nicholls, Meg Rosoff, Annie Dalton, Karen McCombie, Kaye Umansky and MD of Barrington Stoke Mairi Kidd. Chaired by Nicolette Jones. Islington Central Library 6pm
- 18 May 2.30pm Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadler's Wells. Nicolette Jones hosts post-show discussion of Varmints on Stage. Book here .
- 22 May Charleston Festival of Literature. Nicolette Jones talks to Audrey Niffenegger whose illustrated novel – The Raven Girl – is being adapted as a ballet by the Royal Opera House and to Lucy Moore, author of a new biography of Nijinsky 6pm
- 22 May Charleston Festival of Literature. Nicolette Jones talks to Kevin Jackson about his new book on the birth of Modernism in 1922 and to Sarah Churchwell about F Scott Fizgerald and The Great Gatsby. 8pm
- April 2013
- 09 April Nicolette Jones hosts Children's Book Circle's Quiz Night. Retro Bar, 2 Georges Court, London WC2. 7pm
- March 2013
- 02 March ‘How to Write Successfully for Children and Young Adults Conference’ at Bloomsbury Publishing.
10-11 am Nicolette Jones chairs panel with editorial directors from publishing houses discussing what children’s publishers are looking for from authors, and what today’s children are looking for.
- 16 March 16-24 March Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival. Children's programme directed by Nicolette Jones. With Philip Ardagh, Ros Asquith, Bidisha, Cathy Cassidy, Eoin Colfer, Julia Donaldson, Polly Dunbar, Abigail Gibbs, Cornelia Funke, Sally Gardner, Julia Golding, Charlie Higson, Anthony Horowitz, Shirley Hughes, Rhiannon Lassiter, Christopher Lloyd, Roger McGough, Annabel Pitcher, Philip Pullman, Meg Rosoff, Axel Scheffler, Kristina Stephenson, and Clara, Tom and Ed Vulliamy. Plus Peter Rabbit, Winnie-the-Pooh, Spot the Dog and the Oxford Word Wizards.
- 17 March St Hilda's Media Network day at the Oxford Literary Festival, a day of events with alumnae and associates of St Hilda's College: Gillian Shephard on Margaret Thatcher, Val McDermid, Oliver Ford Davies and Triona Adams reading Philip Larkin's correspondence with Barbara Pym, and screenwriting panel with Linda Aronson, Pooky Quesnel and Jean Buchanan. Organised by the St Hilda's Media Network, chaired by Nicolette Jones. All events in the Divinity School of the Bodleian Library. See Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival and search 'Hilda' for full details.
- 17 March 12 noon, Divinity School, Bodleian Library, Oxford. Crime writer and St Hilda's College alumna Val McDermid talks to Nicolette Jones about her new novel, The Vanishing Point.
- 23 March 6pm Nicolette Jones talks to Sally Gardner and Annabel Pitcher about their acclaimed young adult novels Maggot Moon and Ketchup Clouds.
- 24 March 10 am Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. Nicolette Jones discusses Oblivion, the last of his Power of Five sequence, with
- 24 March 2pm Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. Nicolette Jones discusses Cornelia Funke's new novel Fearless with the internationally celebrated author.
- February 2013
- 09 February Nicolette Jones speaks at the Plimsoll Day commemoration, St Martin's Church, Cheriton, Kent. 3pm. Also at Music Hall Evening in honour of Plimsoll at 7.30 pm at United Reformed Church, Folkestone. All welcome but please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
- January 2013
- 02 January Philip Pullman
Wed 2 Jan, 6-6.45pm, National Theatre, Olivier stage. Nicolette Jones talks to Philip Pullman about his approach to retelling the fairytales of the Brothers Grimm in his new version of the stories, Grimm’s Tales for Young and Old, as Hansel and Gretel plays in the Cottesloe. This Platform is followed by a booksigning.
This is part of the Platforms series of short early-evening events designed to complement the NT’s repertoire, and explore the wider arts. The current programme is on the website: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/whats-on/platforms.
- December 2012
- 30 December Nicolette Jones contributes to How the Snowman Came Back to Life, made by Rare Day Productions, Channel 4, 6pm Repeated 3 January 7pm on 4seven.
- November 2012
- 04 November Nicolette Jones discusses with Marina Warner, Neil Philip and Seema Anand whether fairy tales such as those recorded by the Brothers Grimm have their origins in Indian stories. Bush theatre, 3.30-4.45pm. South Asian Literary Festival
- 13 November Nicolette Jones speaks to the Hampshire Writers' Society.
- 23 November Nicolette Jones introduces Quentin Blake and Joann Sfar for a draw-off at the French Institute at 6pm. Their collaborative drawings will be screened live. Launch event of the South Ken Kids Festival .
- October 2012
- 05 October Cheltenham Festival of Literature Event L035 12 noon Nicolette Jones discusses Thomas Hardy with James Grasby and John Sutherland
- 05 October 2pm Cheltenham Festival of Literature Event L017: part of 7 Ages of Man series - panel discussions about favourite pieces of literature which concentrate on a particular stage in life. Nicolette Jones hears and discusses extracts about Childhood chosen by John Mullan, Nick Tucker and Erica Wagner
- 05 October Cheltenham Festival of Literature Event LB01 6.30-7.30pm Nicolette Jones talks to Anthony Horowitz, including the final volume of the Power of Five series, Oblivion. For 12+
- 06 October Cheltenham Festival of Literature 4-5pm Event L036 Nicolette Jones talks to Philip Pullman about his life and work, including his new retellings of Grimm's Fairy Tales.
- 11 October Cheltenham Festival of Literature Event L204 The Regency Booker Prize 2pm
A Time Traveller's Booker. Nicolette Jones introduces Paula Byrne, Kate Chisholm, Hallie Rubenhold and Jenny Uglow talking about works by Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Ann Radcliffe and Fanny Burney
- 11 October Cheltenham Festival of Literature Event L210 Funerals and Mourning 4pm, Part of the 7 Ages of Man series. Nicolette Jones discusses favourite literature about death with Kitty Aldridge, Catharine Arnold, Thomas Enger and Tim Lott
- 12 October National Academy of Writing Fair. 6.30pm Freeword Centre, London. Nicolette Jones chairs discussion: "What is the best way to teach creative writing?" with representatives from the UEA MA, the Faber Academy, the Arvon Foundation, Cambridge University
- 13 October Cheltenham Festival of Literature Event LB65 2.30-3.15 Nicolette Jones talks to Judith Kerr, author of the Mog books, and When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, and introduces The Great Granny Gang. For 8+
- 13 October Cheltenham Festival of Literature 5.45-6.45 pm. Event LB72 Life, Love and Loss. Nicolette Jones talks to Mal Peet, Sally Gardner and Nick Lake about the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Space Race, and the history of Haiti, as represented in their books Life: An Unexploded Diagram, Maggot Moon, and In Darkness.
- 13 October Cheltenham Festival of Literature 8.45-10 pm. Event L294 It's All News to Me. Nicolette Jones talks to Radio presenter Jeremy Vine about his memoir of 25 years at the BBC.
- 14 October Cheltenham Festival of Literature 2-3 pm. Event L321. Nicolette Jones talks to Pulitzer-Prize winning author Richard Ford about his first novel for six years, Canada.
- 27 October Scriptwriting Day at St Hilda's College, Oxford. With Ian Brown, Jean Buchanan,
Meg Davis, Matt Fitton, Marion Nancarrow, Tina Pepler, Sarah Pinborough, Harriet Rees, Whit Stillman, Katharine Way, Sioned William. Introduced by Nicolette Jones. See St Hilda's website for full details and to book.
- August 2012
- 24 August Nicolette Jones in conversation with Shaun Tan, 6.30pm, British Library.
- 25 August Nicolette Jones in discussion with David Almond and Bart Moeyaert. 12.15-1.15pm, British Library
- May 2012
- 03 May Critics at the Cri. Nicolette Jones, Michael Coveney and Charles Spencer discuss three current London plays - Long Day's Journey into Night, Written on the Heart and Making Noise Quietly. Chaired by Al Senter at the Criterion, Piccadilly Circus. 1.15pm-2pm. Free.
- April 2012
- 03 April Nicolette Jones hosts the Children's Book Circle Pub Quiz. 6:30pm for a 7pm start
. Upstairs at The Retro Bar, 2 George Court, London, WC2N 6HH. Members free, non-members £5
- 16 April Nicolette Jones and Naomi Schillinger address the Meopham Garden Association about the Blackstock Triangle Gardeners. 7.30pm Meopham Village Hall, Wrotham Road, Meopham, Kent DA13 0AT
- 17 April London Book Fair 3.30-4.30pm Nicolette Jones interviews one of China's most popular children's authors, Yang Hongying, who has sold 40 million copies of her books.
- 18 April London Book Fair. Nicolette Jones in conversation with Carnegie-Medal winning author Patrick Ness. 11.30am. PEN cafe.
- 26 April To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Phantom Tollbooth, Nicolette Jones discusses the book with its author, Norton Juster. Foyles Gallery, 113-119 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0EB. 6.30pm. Free but book on email@example.com
- March 2012
- 24 March Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival 24 March-1 April. The young people's programme, directed by Nicolette Jones, of events for 3-17s, involves 58 authors and illustrators including Giles Andreae, Tim Bowler, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Emma Chichester Clark, Mackenzie Crook, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Joanne Harris, Charlie Higson, Anthony Horowitz, Liz Kessler, Derek Landy, Caroline Lawrence, Christopher Lloyd, Michael Morpurgo, Patrick Ness, Sally Nicholls, Korky Paul, Philip Pullman, Alex and Simon Scarrow, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon, Jeremy Strong, Andy Stanton, Kristina Stephenson, Clara Vulliamy, Jeanne Willis, Chris Wormell, Moira Young - and Peter Rabbit. See link for full programme and to book.
- 29 March Nicolette Jones is after-dinner speaker at the Royal Naval Reserve Officers Dining Club. At the Naval Club, London.
- 31 March Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival. Nicolette Jones discusses Socrates with Bettany Hughes, author of The Hemlock Cup. 10am, Christ Church Marquee.
- 31 March Oxford Literary Festival. Nicolette Jones introduces William Boyd talking about his new novel Waiting for Sunrise. Christ Church Marquee. 6pm
- 31 March St Hilda's Media Network day at the Oxford Literary Festival, a day of events with alumnae and associates of St Hilda's College: Bettany Hughes, Sophie Hannah, Simon Brett, Zeinab Badawi, Baroness Gillian Shephard and William Boyd. See Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival and search 'Hilda' for full details.
- February 2012
- 01 February Nicolette Jones judges St John's School poetry-speaking competition with writer Jonathan Mantle and BBC radio drama producer Helen Perry. Conewood St, N5
- 01 February Nicolette Jones chairs event with author Patrick Ness and illustrator Jim Kay talking about A Monster Calls. Foyles Gallery, 113-119 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0EB. 7-8pm. Free but book on firstname.lastname@example.org
- 25 February Nicolette Jones presents special Neighbours' News award for Outstanding Customer Service to Arsenal Food and Wine, Ambler/Blackstock Rds 2pm
- December 2011
- 20 December Bookshop Barnie Xmas Balloon Debate, The Gallery, Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross Rd, 6 for 6.30pm John Fitzpatrick, Humphrey Hawksley, Nicolette Jones, Cosmo Landesman, Shiv Malik, Jeremy Myerson. Free
- November 2011
- 16 November Gerrards Cross Sailing Association.
Nicolette Jones talks about Samuel Plimsoll. 8.15pm See here for more details
- 26 November 2pm French Institute. Nicolette Jones introduces Quentin Blake and David McKee discussing their admiration for André Francois at the South Ken Kids Festival
- 29 November Community Chest celebration, Cripplegate Foundation including Nicolette Jones and Naomi Schillinger's presentation about the Blackstock Triangle Gardeners. Claremont Project, nr Angel, Islington, N1
- October 2011
- 03 October The Children's Bookshow 11am-12.15 Judith Kerr and Thomas Ungerer. Chaired by Nicolette Jones. Queen Elizabeth Hall
- 05 October The Children's Bookshow 11am-12.15 Judith Kerr and Thomas Ungerer. Chaired by Nicolette Jones. Oxford Playhouse
- 07 October Cheltenham Festival of Literature Event L014 4pm Nicolette Jones introduces David Lodge and John Sutherland on the Lives of the Novelists.
- 08 October Cheltenham Festival of Literature Event LB09 9+ 12 noon Nicolette Jones meets Clarice Bean's favourite character Ruby Redfort and her creator Lauren Child
- 08 October Cheltenham Festival of Literature Event L049 2pm Nicolette Jones celebrates great Italian gardens with Monty Don and photographer Derry Moore
- 08 October Cheltenham Festival of Literature Event L074 8.45pm Nicolette Jones, Joe Dunthorne and Blake Morrison discuss Wild Abandon and The Last Weekend
- 09 October Cheltenham Festival of Literature Event LB29 8+ 12 noon. Nicolette Jones joins Michael Morpurgo and Juliet Stevenson to celebrate the children's poetry and stories of Ted Hughes
- 09 October Cheltenham Festival of Literature Event LB37 8+ 3.30pm Nicolette Jones disappoints Barney Harwood fans (see listing on link) and introduces Blue Peter prizewinners Ali Sparkes and Lauren St John
- 09 October Cheltenham Festival of Literature Event L103 6pm Nicolette Jones considers society's attitudes to ageing women with Rachel Johnson, Jane Shilling, and Harriet Walter
- 15 October Cheltenham Festival of Literature Event LB59 12.45 Nicolette Jones explores the stories of Henry VIII, the young Elizabeth I and Michaelangelo's David with Harriet Castor, Pauline Francis and Mary Hoffman
- 15 October Cheltenham Festival of Literature Event L346 6pm Nicolette Jones and Marcus Brigstocke ask God some questions
- 15 October Cheltenham Festival of Literature Event L355 8.45pm Nicolette Jones discusses sex, relationships and power with Erica Jong
- September 2011
- 22 September Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross Road 6.30-7.30pm, Nicolette Jones in conversation with Chris Riddell and Tony DiTerlizzi. Free if you book on email@example.com or on this link.
- 24 September Speaking about neighbourhood activities at Highbury Fields Earth Day. Three minutes, between 12 noon and 3pm.
- July 2011
- 14 July 11am National Maritime Museum. Nicolette Jones and Richard Gorski on Samuel Plimsoll
- June 2011
- 09 June University College London Lunchtime Lecture in association with the English Department's City Centre Seminar Series. Foster Court Room 243, 1-2pm. Illustrated talk by Nicolette Jones: Plumb lines and Plimsoll lines: time-travelling in London
- May 2011
- 17 May Nicolette Jones talk for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, 7pm Theodore Bullfrog Pub, John Adam St, London WC2. See http://britishscbwi.ning.com/events/london-professional-series-3
- 23 May Web chat. Children's books advice live online on the Sunday Times website with Nicolette Jones 1-2pm.
- April 2011
- 02 April Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival. Four Children's Laureates: Anne Fine, Jacqueline Wilson, Anthony Browne and Michael Rosen introduced by Nicolette Jones. Sheldonian Theatre 10am
- 02 April Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival. Michael Rosen and Louise Rennison celebrate the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Chaired by Nicolette Jones 12 noon
- 02 April Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival. Anthony Browne and Joe Browne talk about Playing the Shape Game. Chaired by Nicolette Jones. 2pm
- 03 April Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival. Michelle Magorian celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Goodnight Mister Tom. Introduced by Nicolette Jones 2pm.
- 09 April St Hilda's Media Day at the Oxford Literary Festival: Placing Poetry with Lyndall Gordon, Eleanor Rawling and Katharine Towers chaired by Nicolette Jones 10am
- 09 April St Hilda's Media Day at the Oxford Literary Festival: Agatha v Dorothy. Discussion with P D James and Jill Paton Walsh introduced by Nicolette Jones. 12 noon
- 09 April St Hilda's Media Day at the Oxford Literary Festival: Screen and Print. Sue Saville, Sarah Mukherjee and Miranda Glover chaired by Nicolette Jones 4pm
- 09 April St Hilda's Media Day at the Oxford Literary Festival: Katherine Parkinson and Triona Adams chaired by Nicolette Jones 6pm
- 10 April Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival. Francesca Simon and Steven Butler introduced by Nicolette Jones 10am
- 10 April Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival. Jeremy Strong and Andy Stanton introduced by Nicolette Jones 12 noon
- 10 April Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival. Illustrator Michael Foreman talks about Animal Tales!, with stories by Terry Jones read by Steven Butler. Chaired by Nicolette Jones. 4pm
- 13 April London Book Fair 11.30am Lauren Child and Anthony Browne in conversation. Chaired by Nicolette Jones
- 13 April 1pm London Book Fair Nicolette Jones introduces some of Booktrust's Best New Illustrators, with judges Anthony Browne and Lauren Child, and one of the stars of the previous selection, Polly Dunbar. With appearances by seven of this year's selected illustrators.
- November 2010
- 13 November Folkestone Book Festival. 1.30pm. 'Second Space'. Nicolette Jones' illustrated talk about Folkestone resident Samuel Plimsoll, and about her book The Plimsoll Sensation: The Great Campaign to Save Lives at Sea.
- October 2010
- 09 October Cheltenham Festival of Literature Saturday 9 October
12:00-13:00 Nicolette Jones interviews Sebastian Faulks about his new novel A Week in December.
- 10 October Cheltenham Festival of Literature Sunday 10 October noon-1pm Nicolette Jones discusses Philip Larkin with his biographer Andrew Motion, the editor of his letters, Anthony Thwaite, and Martin Amis, whose father Kingsley was his friend and correspondent.
- 10 October Cheltenham Festival of Literature. Nicolette Jones introduces Judith Kerr. 4.15pm.
- September 2010
- 28 September Nicolette Jones chairing 'Who Needs Stories?'; with Michael Morpurgo and Romesh Gunesekera, Old Anatomy Theatre, King's College. Joint event with King's College and the Royal Society of Literature.
- 30 September Interview with Cornelia Funke about her new novel Reckless
- August 2010
- 26 August Edinburgh Book Festival. Nicolette Jones chairing event with Children's Laureate Anthony Browne. 5pm. RBS Corner Theatre. Charlotte Square Gardens
- 27 August Edinburgh Book Festival. Nicolette Jones chairing event with illustrator Axel Scheffler. 7pm RBS Workshop Tent, Charlotte Square Gardens
- 28 August Edinburgh Book Festival. Nicolette Jones introducing Cressida Cowell, author of How to Train Your Dragon, 1.30pm. RBS Main Theatre, Charlotte Square Gardens
- 28 August Edinburgh Book Festival. Nicolette Jones introduces Lauren St John talking about her Laura Marlin Mysteries, beginning with Dead Man's Cove. 3pm, RBS Corner Theatre, Charlotte Square Gardens
- 29 August Edinburgh Book Festival. Nicolette Jones introduces Horrid Henry's creator Francesca Simon. 1.30pm.
RBS Main Theatre
- 29 August Edinburgh Book Festival. Meet David Almond, introduced by Nicolette Jones. 3pm. RBS Corner Theatre, Charlotte Square Gardens.
- 29 August Edinburgh Book Festival. Nicolette Jones chairing event with David Almond & Elizabeth Laird . 6pm. RBS Corner Theatre, Charlotte Square Gardens
- June 2010
- 10 June Radio 4 Today Programme 8.45am. Discussion of John Grisham and children's books written by bestselling authors for adults
- May 2010
- 06 May 'Celebrating the Imagination'. Puffin offices, 80 Strand. By invitation.
- April 2010
- 20 April London Book Fair. 11.30am. Discussion of children's books cover design, chaired by Nicolette Jones with Jon Lambert, Patrick Insole and Antonia Pelari
- 21 April London Book Fair. 1pm Discussion of illustration for older children, with Anthony Browne, Martin Brown and Marcia Williams. Chaired by Nicolette Jones
- March 2010
- 06 March 4-6.30pm. Authors for Africa at Stratford Circus. Run by the Newham Bookshop. With Michael Rosen, John Hegley, Nicholas Clee, Bernadine Evaristo, Nicolette Jones, Elizabeth Laird, Pete May.
- 20 March to 28 March. Christ Church College Oxford. Directing young people's programme at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival. Programme includes Anthony Horowitz, Louise Rennison, William Nicholson, Meg Rosoff, Mal Peet, Geraldine McCaughrean, Philip Reeve, Louisa Young, Steve Cole, Cressida Cowell, Frank Cottrell Boyce (Blue Peter event), Tim Pigott-Smith and Andrew Lane with John Walsh (on Sherlock Holmes), plus how to get a children's book published; children's cookery session; storytelling workshop; cricket event; teen sailor Mike Perham; picturebook events and more. See link for full details.
- 20 March Oxford Literary Festival. Event 103 FANTASTICAL TRUTHS: (Christ Church, Marquee) For 10+ Malorie Blackman, Frances Hardinge and Philip Pullman discuss what fantasy can tell us about reality. Chaired by Sunday Times children’s books editor Nicolette Jones.
- 27 March St Hilda's College at the Oxford Literary Festival. Event 804. BEHIND EVERY SUCCESSFUL MAN …(10am McKenna Room) Journalist Christine Finn, an expert on Barack Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, and on J B Priestley's wife, Jacquetta Hawkes, discusses wives and mothers in history and fiction with Gaynor Arnold, author of Girl in a Blue Dress, a novel whose heroine is loosely based on Charles Dickens's wife. Chaired by Nicolette Jones, Chair of the St Hilda’s Media Network
- 27 March St Hilda's College at the Oxford Literary Festival. Event 862 WOMEN IN THE MEDIA (4pm) St Hilda's graduates Sarah Baxter, Bettany Hughes and Sue Lloyd-Roberts consider the opportunities and hurdles for women making careers in the press and in television. Chaired by Nicolette Jones
- 27 March St Hilda's College at the Oxford Literary Festival. HISTORY AND FAMILY IN FICTION: (6pm Blue Boar Lecture Theatre) Victoria Hislop, Anita Mason, and Adèle Geras discuss their use of the past, both personal and historical, in their fiction. Chaired by Nicolette Jones
- 28 March Oxford Literary Festival. Event 963 MACMILLAN PICTURE BOOK PARADE: Family event (4pm JCR). Three Macmillan illustrators Chris Riddell, Axel Scheffler and Catherine Rayner, discuss the process of making picture books and why they matter. Chaired by Sunday Times children’s books editor Nicolette Jones (70)
- February 2010
- 25 February Illustrated talk on The Plimsoll Sensation for Highgate School. 8pm. The Mills Centre, 5 Bishopswood Road, London N6 4PH
- November 2009
- 07 November Burnham Market festival, North Norfolk, run by the Whitehouse Bookshop. Meg Rosoff talks to Nicolette Jones about The Bride's Farewell.
- 08 November Burnham Market festival, North Norfolk, run by the White House Bookshop. Nicolette Jones in conversation with Jeremy Mynott and Richard Mabey.
- 18 November Nicolette Jones in conversation with Philip Reeve (No Such Thing As Dragons) and Geraldine McCaughrean (The Death-Defying Pepper Roux) Scholastic Offices. By invitation.
- October 2009
- 09 October Cheltenham Literature Festival. Event 20. Nicolette Jones hears from Ben Fogle and James Cracknell about their Race to the Pole. Town Hall
- 10 October Cheltenham Literature Festival. Everyman Theatre. Nicolette Jones discusses Dylan Thomas, and Aerowny Thomas's memoir of her father, My Father's Places with Thomas's granddaughter Hannah Ellis and biographer Andrew Lycett
- 10 October Cheltenham Literature Festival. Town Hall. Nicolette Jones discusses Blue Skies and Black Olives with John Humphrys
- 10 October Cheltenham Literature Festival.Nicolette Jones discusses his new memoir with MP Vince Cable.
- 17 October Cheltenham Literature Festival. Nicolette Jones in conversation with Joan Bakewell about her novel All the Nice Girls.
- 18 October Cheltenham Literature Festival. Nicolette Jones talks to Hilary McKay about her sequel to A Little Princess, Wishing for Tomorrow.
- 26 October Nicolette Jones discusses T S Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats with Axel Scheffler (illustrator of the new edition) and Simon Callow (who will read from the poems). British Library
- September 2009
- 11 September Nicolette Jones talks to north London reading group about The Plimsoll Sensation.
- 17 September Mountbatten Maritime Prize judging panel
- 18 September Woodstock Literary Festival, Blenheim. "The Ultimate Read." Nicolette Jones talks about a favourite book (Middlemarch). Book Club event with John Walsh (Catch 22) and Joanne Harris (Lolita) chaired by Alastair Lack.
- 20 September Bath Festival of Children's Literature. 12 noon. Nicolette Jones in conversation with Judith Kerr.
- 21 September Free Word Centre launch festival. Words and Pictures: what use is a picturebook? Nicolette Jones answers the question with Children's Laureate Anthony Browne and illustrators Emily Gravett and Catherine Rayner. Free Word Centre, Farringdon Road.
- August 2009
- 28 August Nicolette Jones talks about reviewing children's books, for Write Away reviewers, OUP offices, Oxford
- July 2009
- 13 July Nicolette Jones on The Plimsoll Sensation and Nicholas Clee on Eclipse, The Story of the Rogue, the Madam and the Horse that Changed Racing, Stoke Newington Bookshop, N16.
- 28 July Nicolette Jones contributes to item on Samuel Plimsoll on BBC 2's Coast.
- May 2009
- 22 May Write Away conference, Institute of Education, University of London. "Something Old, Something New: literature, culture and heritage for today's children." Chairing panel on children's classics. With Gabrielle Cliff-Hodges (Cambridge University), Jonathan Douglas (director, National Literacy Trust), David Fickling (publisher, David Fickling Books)
- April 2009
- 05 April Oxford Literary Festival. Nicolette Jones in conversation with Shirley Hughes and Clara Vulliamy.
- 27 April Nicolette Jones chairs Children's Laureates event for schools at Waterstone's Piccadilly: On Being Ten. With Quentin Blake, Anne Fine, Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Rosen.
- March 2009
- 04 March Nicolette Jones in conversation with Axel Scheffler and Jutta Bauer, Scholastic Publishers, Euston, under the auspices of Outside In and the Goethe Institute.
- 11 March Lecture on reviewing and picturebooks. MA course in children's illustration, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
- 12 March Islington Mayor's Civic Awards. Nominating the Neighbours of the Blackstock Triangle.
- 29 March Oxford Literary Festival. Nicolette Jones in conversation with David Almond and Dave McKean about The Savage and graphic novels.
- February 2009
- 09 February On Picture Book: When We Were Very Young 7.30pm BBC4 (repeated 10 Feb 1pm)
- 10 February On Picture Book programme 2: Now We Are Six 7.30pm BBC Four
(repeated 11 Feb 1pm)
- 11 February On Picture Book programme 3: Now we are Growing Up 7.30pm BBC Four (repeated 12 Feb 1pm)
- 22 February Nicolette Jones in conversation with Morris Gleitzman about writing about the Holocaust. Jewish Book Week. Institute of Education, Bedford Way.
- 25 February In conversation with Morris Gleitzman (author of Then) and Anna Perera (author of Guantanamo Boy). Puffin board room. By invitation.
- December 2008
- 06 December BBC World Service on Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series
- 06 December Radio Five Live. Discussion with phone-in. "Is the film ever better than the book?" Midnight to 1am. Chaired by Richard Bacon.
- November 2008
- 01 November Battle of Ideas: Battle for the Reader Do we need a
National Year of Reading? Are we reading the right things? Is it wrong to
be elitist? With Dr Shirley Dent, Professor Philip Hensher, Professor Swapan Chakravorty and Honor Wilson-Fletcher. Chaired by
Angus Kennedy. See
- 05 November BBC Four. 9pm. Contributor to Picture Book: When We Were Very Young on children's picturebooks.
- 05 November Illustrated talk on The Plimsoll Sensation. Cruising
Association HQ, Limehouse Basin.
- 12 November BBC Four. 9pm. Contributor to Picture Book: Part 2 on books for early readers.
- 19 November BBC Four 9pm Contributor to Picture Book: Part 3 On books for 8+.
- October 2008
- 17 October Cheltenham Literature Festival. Chairing event on Gray's Anatomy to mark its 150th anniversary. With editor-in-chief Susan Standring, author of The Making of Mr Gray's Anatomy, Ruth Richardson and anatomy expert Harold Ellis.
- 18 October Cheltenham Literature Festival. In conversation with Elizabeth Jane Howard. Discussing her novel Love All.
- 18 October Cheltenham Literature Festival. In conversation with Jamila Gavin and David Almond.
- 19 October Cheltenham Literature Festival. Chairing family event with Shirley Hughes and Clara Vulliamy. 2.30-3.30pm
- 26 October In conversation with Lauren Child. Victoria and Albert Museum lecture theatre.
- September 2008
- 08 September Farewell remarks, Publishing News party. Penguin board room, The Strand. By invitation.
- 10 September Chairing Q & A with Michael Morpurgo and Michael
Foreman about their new book Kaspar (about a cat on the Titanic). Simpson's
on the Strand, London. By invitation, HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks.
- 22 September Bath Festival of Children's Literature. Chairing panel: Illustrators in the Spotlight. With Mini Grey, Polly Dunbar, Anthony Browne, Michael Foreman
- August 2008
- 20 August More4 News on Enid Blyton topping poll for best-loved author.
- 22 August Edinburgh Book Festival. Chairing The Art of Illustrating with Anthony Browne. 5.30-7.30pm.
- 24 August Edinburgh Book Festival. Facilitating family event with Anne Fine.
- 24 August Edinburgh Book Festival. Facilitating event with Jonathan Stroud
- 30 August Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators conference, Robinson College Cambridge. 11am. Session on reviewing, with Julia Eccleshare, chaired by Celia Rees.
- May 2008
- 22 May Write Away Conference, University of London, Institute of Education. 'More than Information: Engaging hearts and minds through non-fiction.' Keynote Speech on trends and challenges in children's non-fiction
- April 2008
- 01 April Yorkshire libraries tour part 2. Hull Central Library. 12.30pm. Illustrated talk on the Plimsoll Sensation.
- 01 April Whitby library. 7pm. Illustrated talk on The Plimsoll Sensation.
- 02 April 2pm North Bridlington Library. Illustrated talk on The Plimsoll Sensation.
- 02 April 7pm Wakefield: Crofton Library, Wakefield. Illustrated talk on The Plimsoll Sensation.
- 03 April Knaresborough Library. 7.30pm. Illustrated talk on The Plimsoll Sensation.
- 06 April Oxford Literature Festival Event 095. 1pm Long room, Town Hall, St Aldates. Chairing teen reading event with Kevin Brooks and Melvin Burgess.
- 06 April Oxford Literature Festival Event 140. 4pm Christ Church Marquee. When the Magic Began. Talk with readings from classic children's books by actors Teresa Gallagher and Anton Lesser. Sponsored by Naxos AudioBooks.
- March 2008
- 12 March Doncaster Central Lending Library 2.30pm. Illustrated talk on The Plimsoll Sensation.
- 12 March Leeds, Headingley Library. 7pm. Illustrated talk on The Plimsoll Sensation.
- 13 March Halifax Central Library. 1pm. Illustrated talk on The Plimsoll Sensation.
- 13 March Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool. 7pm. Illustrated talk on The Plimsoll Sensation.
- 14 March Chigwell Local History Society. Illustrated talk on The Plimsoll Sensation. 8pm.
- February 2008
- 08 February Oxford Brookes University children's publishing course lecture 12 noon.
- 26 February Illustrated talk on The Plimsoll Sensation for the Friends of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. 6.30 for 7pm.
- 27 February On Simon Mayo show, Radio Five Live, 3-4pm discussing children's classics
- December 2007
- 17 December Presentation on The Plimsoll Sensation for Plimsoll Road and friends. St Thomas's Church Hall, Monsell Road N4. 6.30-7.30pm.
- October 2007
- 05 October BBC Radio 4 The World Tonight on Happy Endings
- 13 October Cheltenham Literary Festival. Chairing conversation with John Walsh (Sunday at the Cross Bones) and Patrick Gale (Notes from an Exhibition)
- 13 October Cheltenham Literary Festival Introducing Judith Kerr (When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit).
- 14 October Cheltenham Literary Festival. Chairing conversation between Martin Amis and
Zachary Leader about Kingsley Amis.
- 14 October Cheltenham Literary Festival. Chairing Jonathan Coe (The Rain Before it
Falls) and Blake Morrison (South of the River).
- 18 October Redbridge Libraries October Bookfest. Hainault Library
Presentation on The Plimsoll Sensation
- 22 October On NBC news: 'Dumbledore is gay'
- 28 October Judging Debating Matters libraries debate, at the Battle of Ideas, 12.45 Royal
College of Art, South Kensington
- September 2007
- 15 September St Hilda's College Gaudy, after-dinner speech about
The Plimsoll Sensation
- August 2007
- 23 August Edinburgh Book Festival. Interview with Jennifer Donnelly
- 24 August Celebrating the Carnegie, with Medal winners
Tim Bowler, Theresa Breslin, Jennifer Donnelly and Mal Peet. Edinburgh Book Festival
- July 2007
- 01 July Judging Institute of Ideas Debating Matters semi-final, National
- 02 July Platform interview with David Almond. Children's Book
Show event for schools. The
Purcell Room, South Bank, London
- 10 July Bookshop Barnie, The Economist Bookshop. In conversation about The Plimsoll Sensation with Austin Williams.
- 19 July 'Richard and Judy' about Harry Potter
- 21 July Today programme, Radio 4, about Harry Potter
- 25 July BBC Radio Wales Jamie Owen programme about The Plimsoll
- June 2007
- 01 June Hay Festival, chairing "Myth and Magic" event with Helen Dunmore and Cat Weatherill
- 28 June Announcing winner of the 2007 Branford Boase prize for a first
children's book, Walker Books, London. Won by Siobhan Dowd for 'A Swift Pure Cry'.
- 29 June Visit to Sevenoaks Prep School
- May 2007
- 03 May, paperback publication of The Plimsoll Sensation.
- 12 May, Enid Blyton Society Day talk, Loddon Hall
- April 2007
- 16 April London Book Fair panel event: "Are Picture Books At
Risk?" With Chris Riddell,
Helen Mackenzie Smith and Martin Salisbury.
- 21 April Introducing Jacqueline Wilson Bloomsbury
- 25 April The Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers: The
Charter Night Celebrations. Royal Hotel, Scarborough. Illustrated after-dinner talk on The Plimsoll Sensation.
- 29 April Orange Prize readers' event, Carriageworks Theatre,
Leeds. With Kate Mosse, Naomi Alderman, Louise Doughty, Marina
Lewycka, Jill Dawson, along with Clare Allan and Roopa Farooki (two of the
three authors shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers).
- March 2007
- 09 March Bath Literary Festival,
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution.
Illustrated talk on The Plimsoll Sensation.
- 23 March Oxford Literary Festival. Illustrated Talk on The Plimsoll Sensation. Noon. Christ Church.
- 27 March Judging Institute of Ideas Debating Matters North
East Regional Final at Kings Road Centre, Newcastle
University, on the motions: 'America is dumbing down world
culture' and 'Scientists should adopt the precautionary
- February 2007
- 04 February Live interview re The Plimsoll Sensation for ABC National Radio, Australia.
- 05 February Private reading group visit, North London. (For reading group visits,
- 08 February Nicolette Jones in conversation with Pauline Francis, author of Raven Queen. Globe Theatre.
- December 2006
- 04 December, chairing panel to choose Top Ten winners of the CILIP
Carnegie and Greenaway medals for children's books, to celebrate the
70th anniversary in 2007.
- 11 December, Friends of Leeds Art Fair lunch with illustrated talk about
The Plimsoll Sensation
- November 2006
- 02 November, Literary dinner organised by the Association of Women Graduates,
Dundee, with Robert Lacey, author of Great Tales from English
History, and Ann Cleeves, author of Raven Black
- 09 November Acceptance at British Charitable Maritime Foundation awards dinner of the
2006 Mountbatten Maritime Prize for The Plimsoll
Sensation presented by Countess Mountbatten of Burma . Also present, as a guest of Little,
Brown, was Samuel Plimsoll's grand-daughter, Mrs Sally Shaw.
- October 2006
- 02 October, chairing Picture Book Rebels event with Jeanne Willis and
Ed Vere Puffin Books. By invitation
- 07 October, 5pm, Falmouth Literary Festival,
illustrated talk on The Plimsoll Sensation
- 12 October, 8.45-10pm,
Times Cheltenham Festival of Literature,
chairing event with Ben Fogle and James Cracknell, about their book The Crossing
- 13 October, 10am,
Times Cheltenham Festival of Literature, illustrated talk on The Plimsoll Sensation
- 17 October Queens School, Bushey, 4.30-8.30 pm. Judging
of Ideas debating competition
- 20 October Small Feet Go Far
festival of Swedish children's literature, Unicorn Theatre, London. Event at
14.30-15.15 with Martin Widmark
- September 2006
- 14 September Children's reading consultation,
Much Ado Books
- 14 September, 7pm, Much Ado
Books, Alfriston, Sussex; RNLI literary dinner, speaking about The Plimsoll Sensation, with Kathryn Hughes, author of The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs Beeton