Illustrator Nick Sharratt, winner of the Children’s Book Award, and Sophy Henn, picture book maker and University of Brighton graduate, spoke to students as part of ‘Read To Inspire’, an annual event for the university’s Primary PGCE and Early Years trainee teachers.
The two explained just how complex creating can be: “Picture fiction are complex narratives where both word and image work together to form more than the sum of the parts.”
They shared their personal journeys to become children’s writers and illustrators, and revealed their motivations.
Sophy, awarded an MA in Illustration at the university, is the acclaimed picture book maker behind Where Bear? Pass It On, Lifesize and the Pom Pom series. Sophy was the official illustrator for World Book Day in 2015 and 2016 and for the cover of the most recent issue Books For Keeps!
Sophy said if she hadn’t become a writer/illustrator she would have liked to have become a tap dancer.