Children's Bookshow Digital Festival 2021

Digital event

Past event

Neal Layton's live digital performance

How did it go?

For the final day of The Children’s Bookshow Digital Festival we ventured into the wonderful world of picture books. Writer and illustrator Neal Layton (and Dora the dog) joined us from his Portsmouth studio to share his methods, media and musical talents. We were treated to a behind-the-scenes mosey through Neal’s inspiration and creation of Stanley’s Stick, Neal's picture book with writer John Hegley. From a blank page, Stanley magically appeared before our eyes, with a pen line here, a cut out there, a splash of colour - voila! There he was. A reading of a Bookshow favourite, The Tree transported us to the woods with background birdsong and Neal’s evocative illustrations, maybe a drey to be found too? As always we found time for the best children’s questions and closed with a quick blast of Stanley’s stick saxophone.

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Friday, 5th March 2021
11:00 am
Approx. 1 hour
Age range:
Years 2, 3 and 4

How do digital performances work?

We will broadcast direct into your classroom, using the online platform Crowdcast. You don't need an account, just a link and a password which will be sent to you by The Children's Bookshow once you have registered with us for the event.

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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 A Climate in Chaos and how you can help was published by Wren and Rook in 2020.

In Praise of The Tree

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

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