WORKSHOP: Illustrating Children’s Books

Ever fancied producing a children’s book? Open to adults and families alike, this interactive workshop with artist Lucy Farfort will introduce you to children’s picture book illustration, looking at the basics of character design, and weaving text with imagery.

Lucy Farfort is an Illustrator and Author of dual Caribbean-English heritage. She knew from a young age, that she wanted to make a living out of her great love of drawing, however growing up in a small town in the 80s, meant she never saw children’s books with kids in who looked like her, and it was a love of manga comics and animation that initially drew her towards an illustration career.

Lucy studied Illustration and Animation at Manchester Metropolitan University, and after graduating in 2002 began work as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. As an avid fan of picture books, Lucy’s work veered increasingly towards story, and after years of freelancing whilst working a day job, she eventually followed up on encouragement to seek work as a children’s book illustrator.

In 2017 Lucy won first prize in illustration for Faber Children’s inaugural FAB Prize competition and has gone on to work with Little Tiger Press as an illustrator on their Our Town picture book series, Knight’s Of and Scholastic. This year Lucy is debuting as an author and will have a story published in the ‘Faber Book of Bedtime Stories’ out in Oct, and her own picture book ‘In Our Hands’ will be coming from Tate Publishing in September.

Please note, this workshop replaces the one advertised in our brochure with Onyinye Iwu.

This event is FREE, however, due to limited event capacity booking is required.
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Age guidance: all ages (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult)

Location: Festival Hub


ONLINE: A Toolkit for Happiness with Dr Emma Hepburn

Dr Emma Hepburn, aka @thepsychologymum, talks about her latest book, A Toolkit for Happiness: 55 Ways to Feel Better – the ultimate guide to long-term and sustainable happiness.

Emma teaches us that happiness is as much about weathering the storms of life as it is about enjoying the sunny weather – and that by implementing small and simple changes we have the power to influence how we feel for the long term.

In this accessible discussion, she will offer easy-to-use tools to cultivate positive habits, better understand your emotions and put you on the path to a healthier and happier you.

 ‘So easy to read yet packed with all the ingredients to create a happy life. Emma manages to cove the science in such a beautiful and simple way, this book is gold!’ Dr Punam Krishnan, resident doctor, BBC One Morning Live

Dr Emma Hepburn is a clinical psychologist who has worked in a range of settings including with adults, clinical health, neuropsychology, child and maternity. She has always drawn as part of her clinical work and starting sharing these drawings on Instagram to provide people with evidence-based psychology and mental health information in an accessible, fun and easy-to-understand way.

Emma is passionate about helping people proactively look after their mental health and taking clinical psychology beyond the clinic room so that more people can benefit from evidence-based advice and information. In 2021, she featured in the Points of Light awards, which recognises outstanding individuals who are making a change in their community.

While this event is FREE booking is recommended so we can send you a Zoom link the day before the event.

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Age guidance: 14+