Autumn performances 2022 › Exeter

Past event

Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwarz performance

How did it go?

Over 450 year 1, 2 and 3 children and their teachers from schools in Exeter and the surrounding countryside came to the Northcott theatre this morning to listen to dynamic author and illustrator duo @alexisdeacon and @vivschwarz. The whole audience was delighted by the drawing games played by Alexis and Viv, and their engaging and funny stories. We were shown how to turn simple shapes into characters by just using two dots and a line, and everyone was excited to leave with their own copy of A Place to Call Home. Thanks to all who came!

Viviane Schwarz Workshop

In Viv's workshop, children will draw characters and put them into surprising situations, and discover the sorts of stories you can tell just by folding paper.

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FREE copy of *A Place to Call Home* for EVERY child attending this performance! cover

FREE copy of A Place to Call Home for EVERY child attending this performance!

Northcott Theatre, Stocker Road, Exeter, Devon EX4 4QB
Wednesday 12th October
10:30 am
Approx. 1 hour
Age range:
Years 1, 2 and 3

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Alexis Deacon

Alexis Deacon has always loved to draw and has been keeping sketchbooks since he was a small child, when he would often move from playing games with toys into drawing stories about them.

Alexis started work on his first picture book, Slow Loris, while studying illustration at the University of Brighton. He spent many hours in a zoo sketching a slow loris and then created the story of the creature's secret life after the visitors had gone home. Alexis' second book, Beegu, about a lonely baby alien trying to find its mother on Earth, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Alexis Deacon may well be Burningham's heir apparent . . . Deacon's poignant and understated text is brilliantly served by his illustrations, which carry distant reminders of some of the best illustrators of the last 100 years and yet still remain uniquely his own.

Dinah Hall, The Sunday Telegraph

Viviane Schwarz

Viviane Schwarz makes books, comics and games. She was born in Germany and studied American Literature and Linguistics at Bonn university before moving to England and studying illustration at Falmouth College of Arts. She has written and illustrated over a dozen picture books and a graphic novel as well as designing games and interactive installations.

Praise for How to Find Gold

Schwarz’s illustrations are truly lovely, from the simple lines of the characters to the stunning double spreads of the discovery itself. This story celebrates the imagination, play and adventure – children (and adults) will be behind Anna and Crocodile all the way.


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