Authors and illustrators lend a hand during lockdown

Authors and illustrators lend a hand during lockdown

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    Julia Donaldson

    The second series of Julia Donaldson and Friends has launched, with weekly broadcasts of stories, songs and poems. Donaldson will be joined by her husband Malcolm and several illustrators, including Axel Scheffler, Emily Gravett and David Roberts. 

    The broadcasts will be shown every Thursday at 4pm via Gruffalo Facebook, Scholastic Chapter One and Scholastic Facebook.

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    Michael Rosen

    Michael Rosen and his son, Joe, are uploading regular content onto Rosen’s YouTube channel, which now has 547,000 subscribers. Recent videos include ‘Which Poems Inspire You?’ and ‘What is a Stanza, Verse and Chorus?’, and there are interviews with creatives like Shlomo, Liz Pichon and Francesca Simon, too. 

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    Jim Field

    Fans of Jim Field can learn to draw beloved characters such as Monsieur Rosco and Quack Quack Quentin with this series of drawalong videos

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    Rob Biddulph

    The record-breaking Rob Biddulph is still helping with art lessons and is broadcasting brand new #DrawWithRob videos every Saturday. Videos from the archive will be broadcast every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am, too.

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    Lisa Thompson

    After drawing with Rob every Tuesday and Thursday you can switch to Lisa Thompson’s Instagram page, where at 10.30am she will chat about books with authors and book industry guests. Upcoming speakers include illustrator Alice McKinley and editor Lauren Fortune.

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    Sarah McIntyre

    Sarah McIntyre has created free, downloadable activity sheets for her book (available via her website) and some drawalong videos, for example creating Grumpycorn in a Christmas jumper, on YouTube

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    Elle McNicholl

    Elle McNicholl, the author of A Kind of Spark, is running online masterclasses about writing stories. Her first video is about character and will be loved by year six pupils, she says. 

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    Emma Carroll

    Historical author Emma Carroll is going to write along with her followers on Instagram with a series of weekly creative writing sessions. Sessions are planned for Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 and more information is available via her Instagram page

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    Sarah Webb

    Supported by MoLI (Museum of Literature Ireland), Sarah Webb is broadcasting short, creative activities to do at home with your children. There are videos and accompanying activity sheets and are aimed at nine plus, although younger children could also participate. 


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    Piers Today

    Piers Torday is reading The Dark Wild online. The videos started on Instagram on 6th January but fans can catch up on YouTube

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    Nick Sharratt

    Anyone who wants to draw ‘Sharracters’ can check out Nick Sharratt’s YouTube channel to learn to draw a unicorn, shark, parrott and more like the master illustrator. 

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    Anna James

    Anna James, the author of the Bookwanderer novels (HarperCollins), is broadcasting fortnightly interviews with children's authors such as Joseph Elliott and Kieran Larwood.