I like to inspire all children to be creative, using acting with puppets as a means to help them develop their own ideas into a narrative.
Being both writer and illustrator, I can also show all the stages of creating a picture book from the first ideas and roughs through to the final text and finished artwork.Type of Artist: Author
Nursery and Foundation: I draw and tell a story that pupils can act out and develop using puppets.
Year 1- Year 7: I give illustration/writing workshops that have an aspirational slant, using character or place as a starting point.
DetailsPreferred age range:
Any age depending on the type of session/talk/ workshop.
No of sessions per day:
Max 4, two in the morning and two in the afternoon In the school day I can do 4 workshops plus an Assembly Q&A or a short Nursery storytelling.
Nursery 30 minutes, Reception 40 minutes, other year groups 1 hour.
Adult writing or illustrating workshops 2 hours
Adult Powerpoint talks 1 hour.
Areas prepared to travel to:
A radius of 80 miles from Cambridge by car or further if overnight expenses are met
Train and car @ 45 pence per mile
Please email us for details
Please indicate which author you are interested in
Yes, via National Society for Writers in Education.
Gillian McClure's website
New title – Dog on Wheels.
Mouse in the House
The Little White Sprite
We’re Going to Build a Dam
The Land of the Dragon King: Korean Tales
“Gillian McClure was an inspiration to pupils and staff. Having fabulous illustrations, as well as writing to share, enabled all pupils to fully engage in the experience. Zoe’s Boat was a particular favourite! A super day for all our pupils.”
Claire Richardson, Reading for Pleasure Co-ordinator, Park Junior School, Wellingborough
“It was exciting as Gillian brought her current book, 'Selkie', alive by showing her amazing illustrations and using puppets to lead the children through the story. Gillian's calm and thoughtful manner engaged the children as to what might happen next in the story… All in all a great visit from a memorable children's author.”
Arabella Cutler , St.Edmund's Prep School,
“I would highly recommend Gillian as a visiting author- Her manner was warm, friendly and inclusive."
R Hutchinson, Head Teacher, All Saints' CE (Aided) Primary School
Gillian McClure Amazon site