What: How to Write Successful Picture Books session at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.
Where: InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City.
When: Saturday March 9.
I’m working on some children’s books at the moment, so I headed to the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature hoping to get a really insightful and inspiring glimpse into how to create a successful picture book. British author and artist Giles Andreae – the man behind Purple Ronnie and the Edward Monkton series – was hosting the workshop, and I was intrigued to meet author of kids’ books Rumble in the Jungle, Commotion in the Ocean and Pants, to name a few.
I arrived uncharacteristically early for the workshop and quickly introduced myself to Giles, who is a fellow redhead. After discussing redheads with Giles for about ten minutes, I remembered why I was there and asked whether I could show him some of my illustrations. Unfortunately, one of his helpers arrived and told me it wasn’t allowed as Giles needed to focus on setting up. At least I tried!
The workshop began with a constructive talk given by the witty and slightly self-depreciative Giles, whom I discovered was a father of four. As an illustrator it was interesting to hear him talk about the relationship between the author and illustrator, and how the two are intertwined from the evolution of the concept. He touched on the process of seeking an agent, royalties and other practical elements.
The hour seemed to have whizzed by, and at the end the audience was invited to ask questions.
I looked around the packed room and wondered whether any of us would actually become a hugely successful picture-book author. As I left, my head was filled with lots of new information – it had been great to do something different.
For Hatty’s blog and more of her art, see www.hattypedder.com.
Next week: The opening of the ‘Happening Now’ exhibition at Dubai’s Mojo Gallery.