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Walk The Walk: about the author and illustrator

Find out more about the creators behind Walk The Walk.

Gowan Calder (author)

Gowan Calder is an actress, director and writer based in Scotland. She began her writing career as a playwright and her plays have been produced throughout the UK and broadcast on BBC Radio. Gowan was Writer in Residence in HMP Glenochil (2008–2009) and has run a variety of writing workshops within the Scottish Prison Service, as well as for youth theatres and adult writers’ groups.

From 2009 to 2011, she was Visiting Lecturer in Playwriting at Queen Margaret University, where she also worked with directing and acting students. She has enjoyed a long career as an actress since graduating with a degree in theatre in 1990. Her acting work has taken her around the world and from performing outdoors in a cloud of midges to filming Teacup Travels for CBeebies.

Gowan is the author of a previous book, Skint!, an interactive, graphic-novel style exploration of money issues for young people, illustrated by Metaphrog. Skint! was published by Scottish Book Trust in 2011 and a further, revised edition was published in 2013 and reprinted in 2014.

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Jill Calder (illustrator)

Jill Calder is an award-winning illustrator and calligrapher with a love of drawing, ideas, colour, ink, typography, narrative, sketchbooks and, yes, deadlines. Jill blends traditional and digital image-making methods as seamlessly as possible to create whimsical narrative illustrations for an extraordinarily broad range of clients around the globe.

Jill trained at Edinburgh College of Art and later at Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1992. Through her work, she has also been invited to teach at various schools and universities throughout the UK and also in Hong Kong. Amongst other places, her work has been displayed at the V&A Museum, the National Museum of Scotland, the Royal Brompton Hospital and the Royal Scottish Academy.

Jill lives in Fife with her husband and two dogs.

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