Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival has appointed the Sarah McIntyre, the illustrator behind the #PicturesMeanBusiness campaign, as guest director for its children’s festival in 2017.
“Next year is our birthday year as we celebrate 10 years of the festival, and we are delighted to have someone of Sarah’s talent working with us,” said director Annie Ashworth. “In recent years, the festival has brought to Stratford some of the best known names in children literature including children’s laureate Chris Riddell, Michael Rosen, Julia Donaldson, Anne Fine and Nick Butterworth. Sarah has appeared at Stratford twice in recent years so is a good friend of the Festival and, with her leading the way, we will be building on this amazing line up.”
The 2017 festival runs from 23rd-30th April and the theme will be ‘sharing stories’.
McIntyre will play an important part in encouraging parents to read with their children and will judge a creative writing competition, said Ashworth.
McIntyre is the illustrator and co-creator of several children’s titles with Philip Reeve, including Oliver and the Seawigs, Cakes in Space and Pugs of the Frozen North, all published by Oxford University Press (OUP) Children’s. She’s also the creator of picture books There's a Shark in the Bath and Dinosaur Police (both Scholastic) and the comic Vern and Lettuce (David Fickling Books).
Last year she launched the #PicturesMeanBusiness campaign to encourage publishers to give illustrators equal credit as writers. Her campaign led to CILIP changing the way illustrators are credited for the Carnegie Medal, and was part of the reason she was named one of The Bookseller’s Rising Stars earlier this year.