Gillian visiting a school Gillian McClure is an author/illustrator with a Primary Teaching Diploma. She has over twenty year’s experience of doing fun illustration and writing workshops in primary schools using her own stories as a stimulus to inspire pupils’ own creativity. Her one-off visits are ideal for World Book Day or a school Art Week or Book Week. 

One-Off Visits

These can be a full day or a half day and tie in with a school’s theme. Here is what she does:

Nursery & Reception: a story telling session based on either We're Going to Build a Dam   or Flood where pupils can enjoy the story using puppets characters and actions.

Primary Year 1: a story telling session based on The Little White Sprite  where pupils can act out the story using puppet characters and then explore the idea of going into a magical world of their own.

Primary Year 2 -6: with this age range Gillian gives illustration/writing workshops using character and place as the starting point for a story. These workshops are constructive and fun. Her most popular workshop centres on her classic book Selkie, about a magical creature that can transform from seal to human and there is another inspiring workshop based on her book in graphic format  Zoe's Boat.

In all workshops Gillian has original artwork and roughs to show pupils and where required she can do quick sample drawings.

Secondary & Students: for older pupils and students Gillian does mentoring and gives workshops on integrating text and image in a picture book.


I just wanted to say a big ‘thank you’ for your visit. Class 4 have carried on with their sequel to ‘Zoe’s boat’ this week. They have such lovely ideas – so many different versions... and are really enjoying themselves."

Kate Mottram, Foxton School

"Gillian worked with all year groups in the school from Reception to Year 6. Her activities were varied, imaginative and at the right level for every class.
Ingrid Broomfield, Librarian

In the session with Year 6, the workshop was pitched at just the right level, leading to plenty of discussion and the creation of many interesting ideas. Being the oldest in the school, this session wasn’t until the end of the day but the children were very interested and stayed focused throughout.
Angela Robinson, Year 6 teacher

If you are a school in the South East, London or within an eighty mile radius of Cambridge you can contact and book Gillian

You can find out more about Gillian here.