Award-winning authors Candy Gourlay and Laura Dockrill discuss tall tales and fiction.

Both write modern-twists on fairytales: Candy has created the fantastical Tall Story and while Laura's Lorali is a colourful, raw and brave mermaid tale, not for the faint-hearted.

Candy Gourlay is a Filipino author based in London. Her debut novel Tall Story won the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe and the National Book Award in the Philippines. It was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for 13 prizes including the Blue Peter, the Waterstones Prize and the Branford Boase.

Laura Dockrill is the creator of the Darcy Burdock series, which was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. She’s also known for the poetry and short-story collections Mistakes in the Background and Echoes.

She has been named one of the country’s top-ten literary talents by The Times, one of the top-ten authors to see live by The Guardian and one of the top-twenty hot faces to watch by ELLE magazine.

This event is chaired by Emily Drabble, Editor of the Guardian Children's Books website.

For ages 8 – 12

Level 5 Function Room at Royal Festival Hall