Dear Gecko Press friends and family,
You may already have heard about our visiting French illustrators who are about to embark on a two-week tour around New Zealand. We’re so pleased to have them here! This is a rare and wonderful opportunity to hear from some world-class illustrators and celebrate the art of the picture book – and for children to get their fingers inky.
The illustrators are Clotilde Perrin, whose lift-the-flap exploration of fairytale villains Inside the Villains we released last year, and Eric Veillé with his new and very funny Encyclopedia of Grannies as well as a person favourite My Pictures after the Storm.
We have events for adults, where the two will discuss illustration and writing for children – for all curious picture book lovers as well as illustrators, designers and authors – and events for children (workshops, storytimes, live drawings).
All the events are free, details on the tour programme here.They will be in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin between 2 and 11 May.
We hope you will come along to events in your area and please pass on the information to your friends and family. We would love for Clotilde and Eric to have full and warm audiences while they are in New Zealand.
For Wellingtonians, our gala end-of-tour event will be at the Children’s Bookshop Kilbirnie on Mother’s Day, joined by a band of Gecko Press illustrators celebrating picture books, grandmothers, villains, stories and more.
With best wishes and thanks,