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K14 Richard Ayoade and Tor Freeman: The Book That No One Wanted to Read

Bath Children’s Literature Festival

The Guildhall

Age: 8+

What is it that makes YOU want to read a book? BAFTA-winning comedian, actor, director and presenter Richard Ayoade brings his trademark comic genius to his debut children’s book. Have you ever thought about how it feels to be a book? To have your pages bent backwards or your spine BROKEN? What about if you don’t have a sparkly unicorn or dragon adorning your cover – who’s going to pick you up then? Can destiny change when the right book FINALLY meets the right reader? Richard is joined by illustrator Tor Freeman for an event that’ll have you howling with laughter!

About the Speakers

Richard Ayoade is a highly-tolerated British comedian, BAFTA-winning actor (The IT Crowd), writer, director and TV presenter (the 2021 BAFTAS, Have I Got News For You?, Travel Man) and a bibliophile. He regularly appears on comedy panel shows such as 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and The Big Fat Quiz of the Year. He wrote and directed the film Submarine from the novel by Joe Dunthorne, and directed and co-wrote (with Avi Korine) The Double. He has written three books on film; this is his debut children’s book. He is married to Lydia, who is also his wife. They have two children, who also have names. They would rather not tell you where they live, but are happy to send you a drop pin via text.

Tor Freeman graduated from Kingston University with a BA in Illustration and has worked as an illustrator, author and comics-maker ever since. She is the illustrator and creator of many children’s books and comic strips, including The Toucan Brothers, the Olive series and Welcome to Oddleigh. Tor is the holder of a Sendak Fellowship, and won the Observer/Cape/Comica graphic short story prize. She lives and works in London.



K14 Richard Ayoade and Tor Freeman: The Book That No One Wanted to Read