Gillian McClure is an author and illustrator with a Primary Teaching Diploma. She has many years’ experience of doing fun, hands-on illustration and writing workshops in Primary Schools using her stories and pictures to inspire pupils’ own creativity. Her workshops can be adapted for all age groups and are ideal for World Book Day or a school Art Week or Book Week. She also gives inset sessions to teachers and student teachers on how to use her books creatively to develop literacy skills and make language fun.
SCHOOL VISITS These can be a whole day ( 4 sessions plus an assembly talk) or a half day ( 3 sessions).
TEACHER TRAINING & INSET SESSIONS These are usually one to two hours followed by a book signing and exhibition.
This is what she does:
EYFS Foundation Stage
"Gillian McClure gave a fascinating talk on picturebooks to graduates on masters courses on book illustration and children's literature from both Anglia Ruskin University and Cambridge Faculty of Education. She used delightful examples from her own work to illustrate points she was making about the art of picturebooks. Gillian had an excellent rapport with her audience and took time and trouble to answer their questions. Highly recommended."
“Our World Book Day 2017 came to life through Gillian McClure’s visit to Pirton School. The children were mesmerised by her extraordinary illustrations in the Assembly. She took the children through active, imaginative, adventure sessions, which highly developed their imaginations. All children were extremely engaged and continued their story telling and writing skills further, after their class workshop. Gillian had a charming way of enchanting all of our pupils and raised the profile of reading and writing throughout our school.”
“The children of Mayfield from year 1 to 6 were inspired by the beautiful story of the Selkie to write their own stories and poems. It was wonderful for them to meet Gillian at the end of Book Week and hear first-hand how the story was written and illustrated. The experience has encouraged our children to write and draw and we have seen some wonderful independent storytelling as a result.”
"The children and teachers were very inspired by your illustrations and the workshop overall. The work the children produced during your visit was in turn inspiring." Sarah Quigley. Bonneville Primary School Librarian
"I love your stories. I love “Zoe’s Boat” and the cover of “Selkie”. I also have the book “Tom Finger”. Thank you very much for coming to our school."Tioluwani Adedayo (Form 1)
“Gillian McClure was an inspiration to pupils and staff. Having fabulous illustrations, as well as writing to share, enabled all pupils to fully engage in the experience. Zoe’s Boat was a particular favourite! A super day for all our pupils.”
“I just wanted to say a big ‘thank you’ for your visit. Class 4 have carried on with their sequel to ‘Zoe’s boat’ this week. They have such lovely ideas – so many different versions... and are really enjoying themselves."
Kate Mottram, Foxton School
"Gillian worked with all year groups in the school from Reception to Year 6. Her activities were varied, imaginative and at the right level for every class.”
“In the session with Year 6, the workshop was pitched at just the right level, leading to plenty of discussion and the creation of many interesting ideas. Being the oldest in the school, this session wasn’t until the end of the day but the children were very interested and stayed focused throughout.”
You can find out more about Gillian here