Author remembered

Aylesbury Vale District Council says it is ‘saddened’ to hear about the death of much-loved author and illustrator Judith Kerr, who will be sorely missed at this year’s WhizzFizzFest.

Taking place on Saturday 22 22, between 10.30am – 5.30pm, WhizzFizzFest, Aylesbury’s family-friendly literary and arts festival, had included Judith alongside Cressida Cowell and Nick Butterworth as part of its literary line-up. To honour and celebrate the life and work of the late Judith Kerr, festival-goers are invited to join the council at a special free-to-attend ticketed event in the main marquee at 2.30pm.

Acclaimed film-maker Jill Nicholls first got to know Judith Kerr when making ‘Hitler, the Tiger and Me’, a celebrated documentary about Judith’s life and work for BBC One’s Imagine strand. For its special event, WhizzFizzFest will be welcoming Jill to Aylesbury town centre to talk about Judith’s life and work while sharing memories of their friendship.

There will also be clips from the film which saw Judith return to the house from which she and her family fled the Nazis in Berlin, a visit to the zoo in Berlin, and a look at the kitchen that inspired ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea‘.

Other activities will include free face painting and readings from Judith’s works. To book tickets to this free event visit:

Councillor Paul Irwin, Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, said: ‘It was with great sadness that we heard about the passing of national treasure Judith Kerr, a lady whose books have stolen the hearts of many generations. ‘We hope festival-goers of all ages are able to enjoy this free event and share their memories and experiences of reading Judith Kerr’s best-loved books.’

The WhizzFizzFest is inspired by the work of author Roald Dahl, who lived and worked in Princes Risborough.