Autumn performances 2022 › Coventry

Past event

Jo Empson performance

How did it go?

We were off to Coventry today, and the Warwick arts centre with the talented and charming author illustrator Jo Empson. It was a lovely show, where over 500 children from local primaries found out all about how Jo makes her books, watched her draw and paint live, and of course listened to enchanting stories. We especially loved Jo’s firefly puppet light, which glowed in the theatre’s darkness and made the children gasp with surprise and delight! Every child went home with their very own copy of Rabbityness. Hurray!

Jo Empson Workshop

In this hands on creative workshop, Jo Empson will use her latest book Tiny Blue, I Love You, to inspire the children to make their own illustrated underwater creatures - paper bag jellyfish or a school of hungry fish - using lots of craft materials. At the end of the workshop there will be time to share their colourful creations with the rest of the class.

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**FREE** copy of *Tiny Blue, I Love You* for EVERY child attending this performance! cover

FREE copy of Tiny Blue, I Love You for EVERY child attending this performance!

Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL
Wednesday 9th November
11:00 am
Approx. 1 hour
Age range:
Years 1 and 2

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Jo Empson

Jo Empson graduated from Cambridge School of Art with an MA in Children’s Book Illustration. During the course she created her first picture book Rabbityness which was published the following year in 2012 by Child’s Play International. Rabbityness celebrates being yourself, encourages creativity and very importantly, shows us how to come to terms with loss. It has been nominated for 8 awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal. Jo has since gone on to write and illustrate several more beautiful picture books including Little Home Bird, Chimpanzees for Tea! and Jungle Jamboree.

Praise for Rabbityness

Highly original, this is a stunning debut picture book which celebrates creativity and difference while also serving as a touching introduction to the idea that people leave good things behind them even when they are no longer around.

Julia Eccleshare on

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