Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Drawing Stories

This year’s Baillie Gifford Children’s Programme celebrates the remarkable role of the illustrator in bringing picture books to life.

Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Drawing Stories

About Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Drawing Stories

This year’s Baillie Gifford Children’s Programme celebrates the remarkable role of the illustrator in bringing picture books to life. It is hard not to reflect on our favourite children’s stories without conjuring up the characters drawn by their illustrators – from the Gruffalo, to Elmer, to Mog the Cat – the magic of those characters has become synonymous with our favourite stories, giving them a joyous visual narrative.

For this series of online events, we’ve invited some of the most exciting illustrators working today to demonstrate how they draw their characters and create the worlds for a story to reside in. Alongside the events being broadcast on our website video pages, youngsters – and grown-ups – can dive into our daily draw-along sessions with illustrators, which broadcast at 9.30am every day of the Festival on our Facebook page.

Gruffalos, Conjurors and Teeny Weeny Genies with Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler and Nick Sharratt
FAMILIES & 4+
Saturday 15 August 10:00 - 11:00
LD(LEARNING DISABILITY FRIENDLY EVENT)
Award-winning author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson treats you to some lively storytelling from her magical book, The Teeny Weeny Genie, followed by a guest appearance from bestselling illustrator Nick Sharratt, who shows you how to draw the Conjurer Cow at home.

Llama Drama with Allen Fatimaharan & Annabelle Sami
AGE 7+
Sunday 16 August 11:30 - 12:30
Listen as writer Annabelle Sami reads an extract from her side-splitting novel Llama Out Loud! while illustrator Allen Fatimaharan live-draws alongside her. Then get involved as they set you writing and illustrating challenges.

Formidable Females with Lari Don & Eilidh Muldoon
AGE 8+
Tuesday 18 August 10:00 - 11:00
Canongate Prize-winning author and storyteller Lari Don, and Book Festival-favourite illustrator Eilidh Muldoon, have joined forces to produce a brilliant collection of traditional tales, myths and legends from all around the world.

Magical Moggies with Philip Ardagh & Rob Biddulph
AGE 5+
Thursday 20 August 10:00 - 11:00
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Imagine every time you went for a nap you woke up at the start of an adventure. That’s exactly what happens to the star of Philip Ardagh’s new series, The Nine Lives of Furry Purry Beancat. When Beancat wakes up and discovers she’s a railway cat, can the magical moggy help her friends solve a mystery on the tracks? Find out as Philip reads an exciting extract from The Nine Lives of Furry Purry Beancat: The Railway Cat, then draw along with illustrator Rob Biddulph as he shows you how to create your very own Beancat in this a-meow-zing event for curious cats everywhere.

Pony Pals with Kate McLelland
AGE 3+
Friday 21 August 10:00 - 11:00
Isla and her mischievous miniature Shetland pony Pickle are the best of friends. But when they are invited to a pony party on the beach will Pickle be able to behave himself or will the party end with a cake-related disaster! Find out all about this adorable duo and watch as author and illustrator Kate McLelland reads and draws from her new book Isla and Pickle: The Pony Party.

Stitched Together: Family, Friends and Dreaming Big with Laura Dockrill & Sara Ogilvie
AGE 8+
Friday 28 August 10:00 - 11:00
Laura Dockrill’s touching new book Sequin and Stitch tells the story of Sequin, who looks after her baby brother, Stitch, while their mum works at her sewing machine late into the night. But this little family’s world changes forever when tragedy strikes and Sequin is forced to confront the biggest loss of all.

Hear an extract from this thought-provoking novel and watch as illustrator Sara Ogilvie live-draws some of her beautiful illustrations, in an event exploring dreams, growing up and the importance of those closest to us.

Cooking and Drawing up a Storm with Julia Donaldson, Lydia Monks & Sara Ogilvie
FAMILIES & 4+
Saturday 29 August 10:00 - 11:00
LD(LEARNING DISABILITY FRIENDLY EVENT)
You are invited to a performance of The Cook and the King with bestselling children’s author Julia Donaldson, where a very hungry king is struggling to find the perfect chef. In the second bumper Book Festival event with The Gruffalo author, Julia is joined by a fabulous bunch of talented illustrators.

Illustrate your Feelings with Dunja Jogan
AGE 4+
Sunday 30 August 10:00 - 11:00
LD(LEARNING DISABILITY FRIENDLY EVENT)
Dunja Jogan’s Felix After the Rain is a wonderful introduction to discussing – and dealing with – feelings. This beautifully illustrated book follows Felix, who hides his sadness in a black suitcase – until one day the suitcase is accidentally opened. Hear Dunja tell Felix’s story, discover how she creates her wonderfully emotive illustrations and then have a go at drawing your own feelings. This event is part storytime, part mindfulness drawing, so if you want to relax and unwind, stay tuned for some beautiful watercolour nature drawing set to soothing piano music after the reading.

Super Scribbles and Canine Capers with Rob Biddulph
FAMILIES & 4+
Sunday 30 August 11:30 - 12:30
Rob Biddulph presents two books: Draw With Rob, a companion to his phenomenal online tutorials, and Dog Gone, a brand-new tale of one waggy dog who loses his owner on a walk in the park. Will Teddy the pug find him in time? You’ll have to tune in to find out.

Oliver Jeffers: What We'll Build
Monday 31 August 13:00 - 14:00
Join world-renowned artist and picture book maker Oliver Jeffers as he talks about the power of storytelling through art, discussing and demonstrating his working practice in an event aimed at students and art lovers.

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