Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell is running a virtual “Summer Camp” for youngsters featuring guest authors and illustrators.
Cressida’s Creativity Summer Camp aims to “inspire families to embrace books, reading and creativity at home over the summer holidays for entertainment, learning, as well as to support mental wellbeing”.
The project will see her joined by guests including Eoin Colfer, Theresa Lola and Rob Biddulph to encourage young creatives with writing workshops, drawing masterclasses and much more.
Marking Cowell's one-year anniversary as Children’s Laureate the camp kicks off on 6th July, with Liz Pichon, David Almond, Dapo Adeola, Chris Riddell and Allen Fatimaharan sharing the tips and tricks behind their creative processes.
There will also be an online exhibition of work-in-progress notebooks belonging to former laureates Lauren Child, Michael Morpurgo and Anne Fine alongside Candy Gourlay, Yasmeen Ismail, Jim Field, Jackie Morris and many more, that reveal how their much-loved stories came to life.
It also marks the official launch of the “Laureate Gallery” where children will be able to exhibit their own work throughout Cowell's time as laureate.
The camp culminates in an event on 10th July with Cowell, Onjali Raúf and Frank Cottrell Boyce answering creativity questions submitted by children throughout the week using the hashtag #CressidaSummerCamp.
Cowell said: “Every child deserves the right to be creative. Every child has the potential to be magically creative if they are inspired and encouraged. Ensuring that children are given this opportunity has been a passion of mine for many years; it is at the heart of my time as Waterstones Children’s Laureate and my Reading Charter, and it has never been more important than now, given the huge disruption that children have faced over the pandemic.
“Creative thinking and creative confidence nurture essential benefits for everything we do: vital to all careers, to societal development and the building of empathy and, of utmost importance now, in providing solace and supporting our own mental wellbeing and personal growth. I hope that my Summer Camp can bring the benefits of creativity to children all over the UK, as well as showcase a vital part of the UK’s creative sector – which was growing at five times the rate of the wider economy pre lockdown – at a time when our cultural future faces great uncertainty.”
To watch Summer Camp, see the full line-up and daily schedule of events, visit the website.