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Daydreaming and Creativity

Lauren Child, Jessie Burton and Angela Barrett In Conversation & Book Signing

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A stellar line-up discusses the importance of daydreaming for nurturing imagination and creative spirit in young people by sharing examples of their own creative approaches to drawing and writing.

Chaired by the eminent writer, critic and broadcaster Nicolette Jones, the talk will be followed by book signings in the shop, including advanced copies of The Restless Girls Deluxe Edition.

Having recently collaborated on The Restless Girls,bestselling author of The Miniaturist Jessie Burton and award-winning illustrator Angela Barrett will focus on how daydreaming and imagination is central to the narrative of their book, which reworks The Twelve Dancing Princesses by the Brothers Grimm into a dazzling, feminist fairytale for modern audiences.

The importance of daydreaming and creativity is also central to Lauren Child’s work as Waterstones’ Children’s Laureate, who advocates that 'children today need more freedom to dream and imagine'. The bestselling author and illustrator of Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola will use her own dolls’ house as an example. 30 years in the making, the miniature construction techniques she learned as a child continue to inform her illustration practice today.

All three share a fascination with the miniature, so will also discuss this link in their work.

Following the talk, Lauren Child will be signing copies of her latest book Hubert Horatio: How to Raise your Grown-Ups and her beautiful and artistic retelling of The Princess and the Pea.

Jessie Burton and Angela Barrett will also be on hand to sign copies of The Restless Girls - an exciting opportunity to get hold of the stunning deluxe edition ahead of its official release on October 18th. This extra-special edition includes an exclusive print, ribbon marker and gorgeous sprayed edges, all enclosed in a beautifully designed slipcase. This inspirational story about family, imagination and bravery is a modern classic to be handed down for generations.

Praise for The Restless Girls:

“A magical modern retelling of an old fairytale – the exquisite text and illustrations work in perfect harmony” –  Jacqueline Wilson

Angela Barrett's illustrations… add an exotic visual richness to Burton's painterly descriptions of the princesses' enchanted underworld” –  Irish Times

Jessie Burton was born in 1982. After studying at Oxford University she went on to the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She worked as an actress and a PA before her first novel, The Miniaturist, was published. The Miniaturist was translated into 38 languages and has sold over a million copies around the world. The television adaptation was broadcast on the BBC in December 2017. Her second novel, The Muse, was published in July 2016 and is also a no.1 bestseller. Her first children’s book The Restless Girls publishes in September 2018.

Angela Barrett studied at Maidstone College of Art and the Royal College of Art. She has taught Illustration at Cambridge College of Technology and Drawing at Chelsea College and is widely regarded as one of the UK’s finest illustrators. She won the 1989 Smarties Book Prize for Can It Be True? and has been shortlisted three times for the Kurt Maschler Award and once for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Lauren Child is an award-winning writer and artist. She is the creator of many much-loved characters, including Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola and her books have sold over 15 million copies worldwide. In 2008 Lauren launched UNESCO’s ‘My Life is a Story’ Campaign for UNESCO’s Programme for the Education of Children in Need, and was named a UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2008. She was awarded an MBE for Services to Literature in 2010, and was announced as the 10th Waterstones’ Children’s Laureate in 2017. Lauren is an international ambassador for the excellence of UK illustration: she’s been at the forefront of innovation for 15 years and has raised the profile of illustration as a sophisticated art form for all ages. She works with mixed media, pioneered text as an integral part of illustration and collaborates with artists across different fields. She is a trustee of the House of Illustration.

Nicolette Jones is a writer, critic and broadcaster, specialising in literary and arts journalism. She has been the Children’s Books Reviewer of The Sunday Times for more than two decades, and in 2012 was shortlisted for the Eleanor Farjeon Award for distinguished service to the world of children’s books. She is experienced in radio and television, and a professional chair of adults’ and children’s events at many venues across the UK including Cheltenham, Oxford and Charleston literary festivals. Interviewees have included Judith Kerr, Lauren Child, Margaret Atwood, Joan Bakewell, Richard Ford, Elizabeth Jane Howard, Michael Morpurgo, Richard Flanagan, Salman Rushdie and Philip Pullman.