There are a handful of authors who have achieved the perfect balance with stories that are all at once funny, a bit naughty, and are underpinned with a deeper message. Roald Dahl did it and David Walliams is doing it now.
In fact, David Walliams has been described as the ‘Roald Dahl of the 21st Century’. While parents are most familiar with Walliams’s role in Little Britain, tweens will tell you that Gangsta Granny, Billionaire Boy and Demon Dentist are where it’s at. And Melburnians have a special opportunity to hear Walliams speak firsthand, as part of The Wheeler Centre May program.
Walliams has written seven novels and two picture books that have been published in 40 languages and have sold millions of copies around the world (in fact, in 2014, sales of his novels outstripped that of JK Rowling). His hilarious stories are accompanied by equally funny illustrations, thanks to his long-standing collaboration with much-loved illustrator, Quentin Blake.
It’s not too late to secure tickets to this event! Walliams will appear at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne for a chat with TV presenter and comedian Charlie Pickering on May 11 (that’s tomorrow) at 5.30pm and on May 12 he’ll head to the Yarra Ranges with Eddie Perfect… and a budding legion of young Australian fans.
The event is aimed at children aged 7–12, but open to all ages (so parents, that means you’re allowed to go!). Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 concession and can be booked online via The Wheeler Centre.