This free, family-friendly exhibition at the British Library brings together young rebels from children’s literature
Anyone can be a rebel, whether standing up for their beliefs, saving the planet or battling against the odds. See how characters from Pippi Longstocking to Princess Pearl break rules and defy conventions to make the world a better place.
At this cracking new exhibition at the British Library, rediscover your favourite characters and the youthful optimism you share with them. Roald Dahl’s handwritten drafts of Matilda sit alongside Quentin Blake’s iconic illustrations, as well as other enduring classics from The Secret Garden to Where the Wild Things Are.
Not all rebels are mischievous rogues, some are spirited survivors. Let the bravery of characters from Azzi in Between and Billy and the Beast inspire you. Or learn the importance of resilience from Oliver Twist, Tracy Beaker and The Midnight Gang.
As well as the exhibition, there are a number of free activities for families and adult courses exploring children’s literature inspired by the collection. Plus, as always, you can take part in your very own adventure at the library by dressing up as a literary character, creating your own comic, or taking time out in their reading area.
Marvellous and Mischievous: Literature’s Young Rebels exhibition runs until Sunday 1 March 2020. Admission to the exhibition is free, simply book your slot on the British Library website, where you’ll also find the full listing of talks, workshops, and fun family days featuring your favourite rebels.