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Gillian McClure | Author, Illustrator

Online Introduction

What I can do for you

I offer writing or illustration workshops with Power Point images for all year groups of the Primary School and also Assembly talks. I aim to inspire children to create their own characters, settings and story openers by first showing images, reading from my books and having a discussion. I try, where possible, to fit my workshop to a school’s theme. Here are some topics I cover: mythical characters, fairy tales, portal stories and quests, seaside and water, dam building and floods, journeys.

Examples of my online work


We have just had the most wonderful Zoom virtual visit from the author and illustrator Gillian McClure. We were treated to an hour of magical and mesmerising reading from the author’s book ‘Selkie.’ for the older children and ‘Dog on Wheels’ for the younger ones. The children were transfixed by hearing about the editing process, seeing her drawing live and hearing about where her ideas come from. There then followed a very informative Q & A session where Gillian gave us a real insight into the life of an author and illustrator. The younger children loved the interactive quiz linked to ‘Dog on Wheels.’  I never believed that a virtual author visit could be so successful – thank you!

Julia Clarke, St John’s College School Cambridge

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