2019 › London

Past event

Neal Layton Performance

How did it go?

What a wonderful start to our 2019 series of theatre performances! Neal was a superstar, entertaining and inspiring over 870 London primary school children and their teachers for an hour at the historic Old Vic Theatre. We all absolutely loved hearing Neal talk about his collaboration with poet John Hegley on their book Stanley's Stick - and the whole audience was astounded when Neal played saxophone music by blowing into a stick!

Neal's love for the environment and nature became clear as he told the children about how he made his book The Tree, and showed the children as he read how they could be Story Detectives. Neal also talked about climate change and waved his flag of Planet Earth in solidarity with the protesters who were at Westminster that very morning.

It was all very inspiring and the children left buzzing!

Special thanks must go to the British Trust for Ornithology who awarded funding to The Children's Bookshow so that EVERY child in the audience received a free copy of The Tree to take home and keep.

Neal Layton Workshop

In this lively and fun workshop children will have the opportunity of working creatively with Neal Layton. Neal will start by talking about collage, and talk briefly about its history, showing some examples by artists. Neal will then introduce the book Stanley’s Stick, talking about Stanley’s imagination in the story, showing how he used collage in the book to describe an imaginary world. Then the children will make their own collage, cutting out and sticking to make a picture inspired by the natural world.

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The Old Vic, London, SE1 8NB
Friday, 20th September 2019
11:00 am
Approx. 1 hour
Age range:
Years 2, 3 and 4

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Neal Layton

Neal was born and raised in Chichester, West Sussex and whilst growing up spent much of his time playing in the dirt, making homemade catapults and drawing pictures. Although gaining a place to study science at University, he went to Art College instead studying BA Graphic Design at Newcastle, and MA Illustration at Central Saint Martins. His latest picture book The Tree was published by Walker Books in 2016.

In Praise of The Tree

“Just 51 words elevate our thinking and leave us with a sense of hope.”

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