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Cressida's Creative Summer Camp

The Summer Camp Schedule

Monday 6 July: ‘Inspiring Magic Ideas’

  • Cressida’s Creativity Summer Camp launches with a glimpse into the work-in-progress notebooks of leading authors and illustrators with Liz Pichon, David AlmondDapo Adeola, Chris Riddell and Allen Fatimaharan revealing the inspiration behind their much-loved stories and their creative process.

  • Cressida’s ‘Laureate Gallery’ celebrating creativity opens today, with children invited to submit their own work to be exhibited alongside that of former Laureates Michael Morpurgo, Anne Fine and Lauren Child as well as Candy Gourlay, Yasmeen Ismail, Jim Field, Jackie Morris and more. For further details, click here.

Tuesday 7 July: ‘Drawing Day’

  • Celebrating drawing and the art of illustration, Cressida will be joined on the second day of Summer Camp by Nadia ShireenMarta  Altés and Sarah McIntyre, who present a step by step drawing masterclass, plus a Summer Camp themed online art lesson from Guinness World Record holder Rob Biddulph.

Wednesday 8 July: ‘Poetry & Performance’

  • Poetry and performance are the theme of Summer Camp on Thursday, with Young People's Laureate Theresa Lola leading a poetry workshop and readings and tips from Laura DockrillJoshua Seigal and Joseph Coelho, plus Cressida will be reading some of former Laureate Michael Rosen’s most loved poems.

Thursday 9 July: ‘Reading Aloud Around the World’

  • On Thursday - which marks the one year anniversary of Cressida Cowell’s appointment as Waterstones Children’s Laureate - international Children’s Laureates from around the world will unite with Cressida for a Laureate readathon, with Jason Reynolds (US), Eloise Williams (Wales), Áine Ní Ghlinn (Ireland), Ursula Dubosarsky (Australia) and Manon Sikkel (The Netherlands), to celebrate the power of sharing a story.

Friday 10 July: ‘Writing Masterclass’

  • On the final day of Cressida’s Creativity Summer Camp, Eoin Colfer, Zanib Mian, Sharna Jackson, Patrice Lawrence and Francesca Simon will be helping aspiring writers with a masterclass containing plenty of story starter ideas, advice on creating characters, and how to build an imaginary world. And to wrap-up Summer Camp, Cressida will be joined by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Onjali Raúf for a very special live event where they will answer as many questions as possible in a creativity brainstorm!

Cressida's Creativity Summer Camp Day 1: Sharing Magical Ideas

Waterstones Children's Laureate, Cressida Cowell, tells us all about her Creativity Summer Camp and also how the first day will be all about sharing magical ideas.

Cressida's Creativity Summer Camp Day 2: Illustration Day

Waterstones Children's Laureate, Cressida Cowell, tells us all about the second day of her Creativity Summer Camp, Illustration Day and shows us how to draw Toothless from HTTYD and the three main characters of her Wizards of Once series.

Cressida's Creativity Summer Camp Day 3: Poetry and Performance

Waterstones Children's Laureate, Cressida Cowell, tells us all about the second day of her Creativity Summer Camp, Poetry and Performance Day and reads us one of her favourite poems.