“One of the most striking features of a Gillian McClure picture book is the carefully organised correlation between text and illustration. It’s a symbiotic relationship reflecting Gillian’s conception of the picture book as an entity — words and pictures in a narrative and visual harmony... Her discriminating feel for language — inherited perhaps from her father, the poet Paul Coltman, her collaborator on a number of books, including Tinker Jim and Tog the Ribber, both short-listed for the Smarties Award — matches her sensitivity for line and colour.”
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Gillian McClure’s career as an author/illustrator started in when a School’s Inspector spotted a book she had made for her class of infants and sent it off to Andre Deutsch who published it after some reworking. Since then she has had many books published and has accumulated a great many illustrations; some she shows in schools along with her sketches and roughs and some she has framed up for exhibitions. The artwork of The Norse Myths is at the Brotherton Library Leeds along with Kevin Crossley Holland's manuscript. The artwork of Tog the Ribber, Witch Watch and Tinker Jim is in the Seven Stories archive.
Gillian has served on the CWIG committee, the Public Lending Right Advisory Committee, was a 2006-7 New Writing Partnership Escalator judge/mentor, and a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Kent University 2005-8 and Essex University 2011-12.
View Gillian’s complete bibliography.