Draft Programme Out Now

We are in the final stages of tweaking and testing our conference registration page - this should be ready in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime here is a sneak peek at the exciting programme we have planned. When the website is live we will include information about our various speakers and what they will be presenting. Here is a taster from one of our New Zealand presenters:

The Art of the Picture Book - Sandra Morris
The picture book as we know it today is a relatively recent phenomenon.About 130 years ago an illustrator by the name of Randolph Caldecott used imagery in picture books in an innovative and exciting way- they no longer merely mimicked the text – they extended it and often said more than what the words said.More changes came in the fifties and sixties with the influence of movies and their exciting camera angles, close-ups, distorted perspectives and action.Artists also started conceiving of their books like a movie- using words only when something couldn’t be said in pictures. This has continued to evolve,  and today is stretched and challenged by a growing body of experimental picture book makers.

Sandra Morris graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts in 1975 with a BFA, and then spent four years working on the School Journal as a designer and illustrator. 

She gained her MFA at Elam in 1990 where she completed her first picture book, 'One Lonely Kakapo' (winner of the Russell Clark Award for illustration in 1992) -republished by New Holland Publishers, 2012)

In 1994 she wrote and illustrated 'Discovering New Zealand Birds' (finalist in Russell Clark Awardfinalist AIM Children's Book Awards,) -Republished by New Holland Publishers 2012). 

In 1996 Sandra gained a graduate diploma in plant and wildlife illustration from the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia, where she developed a love for nature journaling.
She was a designer for Shortland Publications for 7 years then senior tutor in illustration and life drawing at Massey University for 5 years.
Sandra has been director of the Sandra Morris Illustration Agency for over 7 years and recently established the Illustration School with Nina Rycroft.
Other publications include: Sensational Survivors' (2009 Walker Books-Finalist 2010 Childrens Post Book Awards for Non Fiction, and  finalist in LIANZA book awards for Non Fiction), 
'Godwit's Journey' (Reeds 2005), 'Pohutukawa' (Reeds 2000),  'The Garden Year' by Jonathan Spade, (Reeds 1988), 'The Bay' by Ron Bacon (Scholastic1987),
 'The Kingfisher and The White-faced Heron'  with photos by Geoff Moon, Heinemann 1985),  'The Dolphin Boy' by Beverley Dunlop ( Hodder and Stoughton 1982)