I am an award winning children's writer/illustrator who has been giving successful workshops in schools and colleges for many years. I have done longer residency workshops where children have painted story friezes, or created their own picture books. One story The Wishing Eel that I worked on during a residency for Vital Communities has been published by CUP with key stage two pupils illustrations.
For the one-off visit to a school or college I do illustration and story workshops that I adapt according to the age group. I start by showing some of my own original artwork and first rough drawings. I then encourage pupils to be illustrators themselves and work boldly and freely, in the materials provided, to create a place or a character of their own. I leave time at the end of each workshop for group discussion, when pupils can talk about their pictures and see in them the starting point of a story.
Gillian was the RLF Writing Fellow at Kent University and Essex University.
The Emperor's Singing Bird Andre Deutsch, 1974
Prickly Pig Andre Deutsch, 1976
The Carnferry Gang, 1976 Edward Arnold (author Alan Jamieson)
Fly Home McDoo Andre Deutsch, 1979
What's The Time Rory Wolf? Andre Deutsch, 1982
-included in Five-Minute Stories, chosen by Fiona Waters, Kingfisher
Tog The Ribber (author Paul Coltman) Andre Deutsch and Farrar Straus & Giroux 1985
short-listed for The Smarties Book Award
Highly Commended in the Kate Greenaway Award, 1985
an ALSC Book, 1985
a Notable Children's Trade Book, USA, 1985
-TV:The Book Tower 1985
What Happened To The Picnic? Andre Deutsch, 1986
Witch Watch (author Paul Coltman) Andre Deutsch and Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1989
Cat Flap Andre Deutsch, 1990
Tinker Jim (author Paul Coltman) Andre Deutsch and Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1992
The Christmas Donkey Scholastic and Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1993
Norse Myths (author Kevin Crossley-Holland) Simon & Schuster, 1993.Carlsen, Sweden, 1993
Poems That Go Bump In The Night Simon & Schuster, 1994
The Little White Hen (author Philippa Pearce) Scholastic, 1995
PLR And The Problem Of International English published in the Spring edition of The Author, 1998
Selkie Doubleday and Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1999. Flachs, Denmark, 1999. Korea Dewey, 2000.
-TV: Tall Tales 2001
Tom Finger Bloomsbury UK, 2001, Bloomsbury US, 2002
Bruna (author Anne Cottringer) Bloomsbury UK, Bloomsbury US, 2003, Bloomsbury Kinderbucher,2004
Mario's Angels (author Mary Arrigan) Frances Lincoln 2006
Ars Graphica Korea 2006
The Land of the Dragon king and Other Korean Stories 2008 Frances Lincoln
The Little White Sprite Plaister Press 2011
Zoe's Boat Plaister Press 2012
We're Going to Build a Dam Plaister Press 2013
Flood Plaister Press 2014
Abbotsweld and Potter Street did their presentations today and they were fabulous. They spoke very highly of you and all the work that you put in. I just wanted to thank you for all that you have done for the schools and for being such a fantastic 'author in residence'.
Harlow Education Consortium
It was a real pleasure for all of us to have met and worked with you yesterday! The children and teachers were very inspired by your illustrations and the workshop overall. The work the children produced during your visit was in turn so inspiring
Bonneville Primary School Librarian
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