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  • Writer's pictureLeanne Coelho

Creative Careers

In April I was contacted by Liz from Abbot's Hill school asking whether I'd like to attend their Creative Careers Fair. It sounded like a brilliant afternoon talking illustration and I happily accepted the offer.

I was due to print some new business cards and made up some postcards that linked to a handful of helpful resources for getting into a career in children's illustration (they can be found here).

My first thought driving in was that the school is absolutely beautiful and I couldn't wait to get into the sports hall to meet some future illustrators and picture book makers!

There were 30 other creatives exhibiting and I took a walk around to meet them all, everyone was incredibly friendly and eager to share their experience.

Once the fair started, I spent a lovely afternoon talking to students and their parents about children's illustration and picture books. I encouraged them to rifle through my sketchbooks, prints and little character models. There were so many great questions, the students were curious, ambitious and excited to learn, the hall was full of energy.

It was a fantastic way to spend an afternoon! Thanks to Abbot's Hill, Liz and the rest of the faculty for organising such a brilliant event and for being wonderful hosts.

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