2018 › Manchester

Alexis Deacon Workshop

The Children’s Bookshow allocates four free workshops for schools who attend a related theatre performance. Each child participating receives a free book to take home and keep.

In this fun and interactive session Alexis Deacon will collaborate with the children to create their own work that can then be shared with the class. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to work closely with one of the best illustrators for children working today.

Suitable for:
Years 2 and 3

We had such a good session with Alexis. The kids were really engaged with the drawing and observation. They all love their books too... Thanks you so much. The Children's Bookshow is brilliant.

Sue Dearie, Librarian at Blue Gate Fields Junior School


What you need to know

Length of workshop:
Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes
Location of workshop:
We will come to your school
Number of children:
Workshops are for a class of 30 children
Suitable for:
Years 2 and 3

Please note, a teacher must be present throughout the workshop

Materials needed

  • Flipchart or whiteboard that Alexis can write on
  • Pencils and coloured pencils for the children
  • Lots of A3 plain white paper
  • Glue sticks
A Place to Call Home cover

Each child attending a workshop will receive a FREE copy of A Place to Call Home to take home and keep!


Book a related theatre performance to be eligible for one of four free workshops

This workshop is allocated to a school attending a specific theatre performance with 30 or more children; visit the performance page to find out more and book:

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About Alexis Deacon

Photo of 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.

More about Alexis Deacon

Previous workshops with Alexis Deacon

On the day

  • Please inform your school receptionist that our artist will be arriving so they can be welcomed warmly.
  • A teacher must be present throughout the workshop.
  • Make sure that all the materials that our artist has requested are ready and available.
  • Please let us know if any of the children have particular requirements, and ensure that their normal carer is present.
  • Check that the free books accompanying the workshop have arrived. These books are for the children to take home and keep, and they may like to ask nicely for them to be signed.
  • The offer of a cup of tea is often greatly appreciated!

Have any questions? Get in touch

Liz Neville

Your contact for this performance is Liz Neville, she will be happy to answer any queries you have:

Email
liz.bookshow@gmail.com
Phone
07866 311486