The pandemic made us all rethink how we work, or learn. Many of us found that we can still achieve by doing things differently. Authors and illustrators who relied on school and library visits had to adjust too, just like the places which relied on them visiting and performing in person.
In the end, we learned what we like, or don’t like about being more in charge of our days. We have also come to realise that this change to hybrid working might be long-lasting. Working on camera is now normal, for instance, so much so that If you hated it in the beginning, you may not even think about it now.
I’ve been in several live virtual events in the last two years, broadcasting to more people than ever before from my living room and it has been good to have the extra reach. However, not being in the same space as readers isn’t great. This must be the same for many others.
I will add links to some of the events on this page.
The Centre of Literature in Primary Education (CLPE) runs several programmes for teachers and publishing professionals. The Power of Pictures is a project designed to help teachers choose and use picture books across the primary school, understand the process that goes into developing a picture book and develop meaningful relationships between authors and schools. It was originally devised by CLPE’s Charlotte Hacking and author/illustrator and CLPE Patron, Ed Vere in 2013.