Gruffalo Author Julia Donaldson to Meet Children in Wolverhampton

Award-winning writer and former Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson is visiting Wolverhampton on Tuesday 15th March for an interactive morning of storytelling, singing and surprises at Grand Station.

Over 1,000 children from local infant and primary schools in Years 2 and 3 will have the opportunity to meet Julia, the author of timeless classics such as The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Zog. In addition to enjoying both a fun and educationally stimulating event with Julia, all children will receive a signed copy of one of Julia’s books as a free gift. At the conclusion of this free event, Julia will officially open the newly launched Infant School at Wolverhampton Grammar School with a workshop for children in Reception and Year 1.

The event has been organised in partnership with Annie Everall at Authors Aloud UK, Macmillan Publishers and Wolverhampton Grammar School. Zoe Rowley, Head Librarian at Wolverhampton Grammar School, is delighted that Julia will visit Wolverhampton to promote reading for pleasure to young people across the region. 

“Julia’s event promises to be a huge success, and we feel extremely honoured to welcome her to Wolverhampton and into our School community. We are looking forward to hosting a wonderful event full of fun and enjoyment for lots of local school children, and we know that Julia will join Jeff Kinney, David Baddiel, Clare Balding and many other wonderful writers who have worked with Wolverhampton Grammar School to inspire a love of reading for all. It’s wonderful that with funding from the School we are able to gift each child with a signed copy of one of Julia’s books too.” Mrs Rowley commented. 

Born in London, Julia Donaldson’s debut book was the 1993 A Squash and a Squeeze. Her 1999 book, The Gruffalo, won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize (Gold Award) and is one of eight works of hers that have been adapted into animated films. Between 2011 and 2013 Julia was the Children’s Laureate, which saw Julia use this platform to promote the importance of performance, libraries and stories for deaf children, across the whole of the country.

For more information about this, or other ways Wolverhampton Grammar School can support your school or organisation, please contact the School email: or telephone: 01902 421326.