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Creating A Picture Book

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7th November 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm


In the next masterclass of our Book Aid series, join best-selling picture book author and illustrator Clara Vulliamy as she takes us through the picture book process: from conception to completion.

Find out everything you need to know about creating a picture book, from idea to publication, in this in-depth masterclass which will cover all the essentials. Clara will talk about the importance of connecting with your childhood and her process of collecting ideas and using them to bring characters to life in fully-fledged stories.

If you're writing, illustrating, or doing both, Clara will help you to sharpen your technique and develop your own unique style for creating picture books that appeal to all children, and the adults reading them.

Bring your picture book ideas and get advice on developing key themes, creating strong characters and structure, giving you the confidence to let your imagination fly.

Speaker Details

Clara was born in Notting Hill, daughter of architect John Vulliamy and author-illustrator Shirley Hughes.

She remembers being given her mum’s paints to finish up at the end of the day, which was like scraping the last of the icing from the bowl after baking. 

After studying Fine Art at Chelsea, The Ruskin and The Royal Academy, she began her career illustrating for newspapers and magazines, including a weekly cartoon for The Guardian women's page with Mark Haddon.

It wasn't until she had a family of her own that she began to concentrate on writing and illustrating books for children, and has published over thirty picture books and young illustrated fiction titles.

Among these are Martha and the Bunny Brothers, Dixie O’Day (with her mum), Mango and Bambang (with Polly Faber), and the Dotty Detective series.

Event details

The event will be held at Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP. Doors will open at 6pm, with refreshments provided upon arrival.

Refreshments will start at 6pm and your workshop with Clara begins at 6.30pm prompt, finishing at 8.30pm.

Book Aid International works in partnership with libraries in Africa providing books, resources and training to support an environment in which reading for pleasure, study and lifelong learning can flourish. Every year, Book Aid International provides up to one million new books, donated by UK publishers, to libraries in sub-Saharan Africa. We also provide training for librarians to ensure that readers get the very best from our donated books, and grants for purchasing locally-published books and for library refurbishments. Our work is practical, effective and empowering.