Creating Unique Picture Books

Creating Unique Picture Books

Who: Hilary Bell and guest speaker Matthew Martin
Saturday 25 November, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Early/emerging, appropriate for writers and illustrators, and individuals as well as collaborative partnerships

Do you have a beautiful picture book in you trying to find its way onto the page and into the world? Let Hilary Bell, author of bestselling Alphabetical Sydney, help you lure it out into the open.

The course is divided into two parts: a detailed overview of the creative process, illustrated through examples of attempts, rejected verses, and the building of images, followed by hands-on exercises where participants test their own ideas. Hilary will describe her experiences of making picture books from concept stage through to publication, including a work-in-progress, and discuss her collaborations with different illustrators.

We’ll look at a range of successful picture books and investigate what it is that makes them special. Guest speaker Matthew Martin will discuss his career in illustration, including his work with Hilary on The Marvellous Funambulist of Middle Harbour, which is on the Premier’s Reading Challenge list.

As well as gaining insights into the creative and practical aspects of creating picture books, participants will leave with an appreciation of fresh and surprising picture book structures, and techniques for finding ideas from the world around us. And perhaps even the beginnings of a new and unique picture book.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • An understanding of the book-making process
  • Insights into fresh and surprising book structures
  • Techniques for finding inspiration in what’s around you

Participant Requirements
Pen and paper, as well as a favourite picture book (either contemporary or from your childhood)

About the tutor
Hilary Bell
is an award-winning playwright, librettist and lyricist, whose work now includes writing illustrated children’s books. With Antonia Pesenti, she created the bestselling and award-winning Alphabetical Sydney, and more recently Numerical Street. With Matthew Martin, she produced The Marvellous Funambulist of Middle Harbour, a history of Sydney in verse.

Hilary has been a guest at a number of writers’ festivals, including the Sydney Writers’ Festival, Byron Bay, and Big Sky (Geraldton), as well as schools, libraries, clubs and special events. Along with Antonia and Matthew, she has presented numerous readings, workshops and talks on the creation of these books.

Matthew Martin is a cartoonist and illustrator. His drawings have been published in newspapers and magazines in Australia, the UK and the United States where he lived for eleven years. He has illustrated more than 20 books for children and adults.



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