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Jill Calder

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Email jill@jillcalder.com
Local authority: Fife
Languages: English
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Hello! I’m an award winning illustrator, picture book author and lettering artist born in Dundee and now based in Fife. Over the last few years I have worked with lots of schools, libraries and community groups holding fun events with people of all ages!

I present in a variety of ways, from panel events to interactive workshops. Events can take the form of joint writer/illustrator presentations with slides, live drawing and readings showing how characters and scenes were developed. 

I encourage confidence and enjoyment in visual storytelling with simple, fun exercises where even the most reluctant artist can end up drawing expressions, landscapes and animals!

I run workshops where both children and adults make their own unique books using simple paper folding techniques. I’ve taught this several times to all ages and everyone is delighted with their little book filled with their own artwork! 

For older children, teens and adults I present illustrated talks, discussing life and work as an illustrator, talking about visual narrative as well as the importance of sketchbooks as space for healthy mistake-making.

I use my considerable experience in both teaching and professional illustration to develop and adapt projects and exercises to suit all audiences.

Websites featuring the author

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Live drawing; Mentoring; Panel event; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Chairing events

Audience can work with

Adult learners; English as an additional language (EAL); Intergenerational learning; Outdoor learning; Reluctant readers; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Adventure; Animals; Coasts, seas & oceans; Death, grief & bereavement; Editing & editing your own work; Environment & climate; Family; Food; Friendship; Gender equality; History; Nature; Picture books; Publishing & getting published; Seasonal books; Wars & conflicts

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; Adults

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+