Friday 19th October, 2012
2:30pm to 3:00pm
Helen will be discussing why creative play is a vital part of her work as a writer and illustrator of children's books. She finds that there is something deeply satisfying about exploring new ideas, getting out and about with a sketchbook, finding one interest which sparks another, leading you down unexpected avenues and following them, even when you don't know where they are going. Often these ideas feed directly into her new picture book projects, but even when they don't, they are a vital part of her life as a creative person.
Helen Stephens is the writer and illustrator of The Big Adventure of the Smalls, Fleabag, The Night Iceberg and many more. She studied at Glasgow School of Art. She has collaborated with authors including Roger McGough and Sophie Hannah. The illustration of a Michael Morpurgo book set in Venice has recently taken her there. Her books have won awards and commendations including the Dundee Picture Book Award for Fleabag. This year, The Night Iceberg has been shortlisted for the same award. She recently exhibited work in the Picture This! exhibition at Gallery Oldham, and is preparing for a solo exhibition soon. www.helenstephens.com
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