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Sydney Smith Performance

How did it go?

It was such a privilege to spend the morning with Canadian illustrator and author Sydney Smith at the Northcott theatre in Exeter. Sydney is a lively, energetic and engaging performer and his enthusiasm for his art and books was infectious. The children loved listening to Sydney read his books Town is by the Sea, and Small in the City (both winners of the Kate Greenaway Medal) and then watched open mouthed as he painted exquisitely to the sounds of the beach and the sea, and then the sounds of the city in a snow storm. It was magical watching Sydney's paintings come to life and hear the audience gasping things like 'Wow!' and 'How does he do that??'

It was an inspirational and fun performance, and Sydney even finished to gales of laughter and delight as he did a handstand! We all loved handing out hundreds of copies of Town is by the Sea to the children as they left to go back to school, and the children were delighted too!

Sydney Smith Workshop

Sydney Smith worked with four primary schools near Exeter. Using a large roll of paper taped to the floor Sydney asked the children to help him create a map of their neighbourhood. Children drew and coloured in pictures of both real and imaginary buildings, people, animals and even mythical beasts to cut out and stick onto the map!

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FREE copy of *Town Is By The Sea* for every child attending this performance! cover

FREE copy of Town Is By The Sea for every child attending this performance!

Venue:
Northcott Theatre, Stocker Road, Exeter, Devon EX4 4QB
Date:
Tuesday 9th November
Time:
10:30 am
Duration:
Approx. 1 hour
Age range:
Years 2,3 and 4

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Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith is an award-winning Canadian illustrator and author. He was born in rural Nova Scotia and started drawing at an early age. Since graduating from NSCAD University, he has illustrated multiple children’s books, including Town Is by the Sea, the winner of the 2017 Kate Greenaway Medal, and the acclaimed Footpath Flowers, which was a New York Times Children’s Book of the Year and a winner of the Governor General Award for Illustration.

Praise for Town is By the Sea

Sydney Smith’s profoundly beautiful, evocative illustrations are breathtaking and perfectly in harmony with Schwartz’s lyrical text... picture books don’t get much better than this one.

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