Award-winning author and illustrator Peter Carnavas visited the school today to do workshops with our Year 8 English students, who have just started a unit on analysing and creating picture books. This is the fourth time Peter’s been to the school. He must be getting sick of us but we keep getting him back because the students and teachers find him enormously engaging and informative.
My interview with Peter is below.
What would you say to schools is the benefit of getting an author or illustrator in?
It gives students and teachers the opportunity to gain an insight into the creative process of writing and illustrating a story. The visit aligns with many English concepts, including author perspective and visual literacy. Most if all, it hopefully provides inspiration for students to write and illustrate their own stories.
What does this year’s Book Week theme, “Books Light up our World”, mean to you?
Stories illuminate us in many ways. They provide new perspectives, shed light on otherwise silent issues and give voice to many different people. They also light up our world by simply making us feel more alive and more connected.
What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to an aspiring author/illustrator?
Tell the story you want to tell. Leave the trends and commercial ideas to others and just write the story you are passionate about. also, becoming an author/illustrator may be difficult, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible,
What was it like going to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair?
It was quite inspirational and incredibly overwhelming. The size of the fair and the number of publishers and creators made me feel very small but still rather wonderful to be a part of it.
What effect, if any, did libraries have on you as a child?
I discovered my heroes in library shelves – Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake. I still remember plucking Matilda from the shelf in primary school. I was hooked. I continue to find heroes in libraries to this day.