Alan Brough with Charlie and the War Against the Grannies

‘The grannies started it when I asked them about a paper round and they sprayed me in the face with rooster brand chilli sauce and made me think that I was dead.’ For far too long, Australian grannies have benefited from benign stereotypes: they’re cuddle-machines, treat-distributors, the knitters of cosy cardigans. But the truth is that some grannies are thorough psychopaths and Alan Brough’s hilarious new children’s book, Charlie and the War Against the Grannies, depicts hostile nannas at their terrifying worst. Brough is best known as a broadcaster, comedian and music nerd; this is his first foray into children’s fiction. At this Wheeler Kids school holiday session, he’ll read from Charlie and the War Against the Grannies, sing some songs and discuss the inspiration behind good comedy and great writing. BYO hell-raising grandparent. This event is perfect for children aged seven to twelve, but open to all ages.