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SCBWI Picture Book Retreat

July 19, 2017

CLARE TOVEY

For the fifth year running, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) British Isles held a wonderful Picture Book Retreat in July at Holland House in Worcestershire, and this time I was lucky enough to be there.

It is a weekend of focus on the making of children’s picture books, with equal numbers of children’s writers and illustrators participating, along with some very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guest speakers. This year we were fortunate to be joined by illustrator/authors David Lucas and Adam Stower, Art Director Zoe Tucker and commissioning Editor Peter Marley.

The fun began with each of us talking about a favourite picture book – here I am talking about Millions of Cats by Wanda Gág.

(Thanks to the lovely Candy Gourlay for the video! It is worth watching all of the videos Candy made of other participants talking about their favourite books, too).

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNwAAtnosuXXGM7G0xgSOTg

A great start to a weekend of fun and focus, and insights into my own work, critique, learning, and some very unexpected discoveries in such a beautiful setting with great company. Everyone involved was very generous and willing to share.

I’m already hoping to go along again next year!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. John O'Leary permalink
    July 20, 2017 11:10 am

    I love the videos – a very clever way to start the retreat!

  2. Marion Rose permalink*
    July 20, 2017 11:15 am

    Love the book, and love your commentary on it. Anyone else got a fav children’s book to share?

  3. July 21, 2017 8:47 am

    I really enjoyed your guide through Wanda Gag’s ‘Millions of Cats.’ I love the way the illustrations weave their way across the double page – it’s very effective.

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