Raymond Antrobus and Ken Wilson-Max: Terrible Horses

Thu 4 Apr, 11.30am
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Family & young people
From £10
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Colourful illustration of a child drawing in his book surrounded by mutliple horses
Ken Wilson-Max

Join the award-winning writer Raymond Antrobus and illustrator Ken Wilson-Max as they share their new picture book, a story about emotions and developing empathy.

Terrible Horses is a truly authentic and stunningly evocative picture book on brother-sister dynamics and how creativity and storytelling can help resolve conflict and enable better understanding.

This little boy does not get on with his sister. They misunderstand each other, struggle to communicate and they fight. Afterwards, there’s a lot of hurt, heavy feelings and loneliness.

In order to escape their constant rowing and clear his head, the boy often retreats to his bedroom where he writes stories about terrible horses – trampling and galloping – and he, a lone pony, who cannot compete and cannot speak.

But what happens when his sister finds his book? Could it be a way for them to finally understand each other?

Filled with empathy and poignance, Terrible Horses is a story about managing anger and learning to see someone else's perspective.

This event will feature a reading of the book along with live illustration and an opportunity to ask questions.

Raymond Antrobus became the first poet to be awarded the Rathbone Folio Prize, and was awarded an MBE for his services to literature in 2021.

His adult poetry collection The Perseverance won Antrobus the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and the Ted Hughes Award. His poetry collection, All the Names Given, was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. Can Bears Ski?, illustrated by Polly Dunbar, was Antrobus’ picture book debut.

Ken Wilson-Max is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books. He was born in Zimbabwe and lives in London. Wilson-Max is among the Speaking Volumes 100 Breaking New Ground British writers and illustrators of colour.

He has illustrated more than 70 children’s books in his unique style, which have been published by over 15 international publishers in many languages worldwide.

His book Where’s Lenny? was listed in ‘50 Best Culturally Diverse Children's Books’ by The Guardian and Max Paints the House is listed in ‘150 Important Children's Books’ by the African American Literature Book Club.

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Age recommendation

For ages 4+

This event is a Relaxed Performance (RP).

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This event is British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted.

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Dates & times

Thu 4 Apr, 11.30am
Approximate run time: 45 mins.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


  • Standard entryFrom Adults £10, Children £10*
  • Concessions25%**

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