When Are You Going to Write a Proper Book? Focus on Picturebooks

Beast from The Brave Beast by Chris Judge 

When Are You Going To Write A Proper Book? Focus on Picturebooks

A Day for Picturebook Writers and Illustrators

Saturday 27th May 10.00am to 3.45pm Venue: dlr Lexicon Studio, Dún Laoghaire 

Programmed and hosted by dlr Writer in Residence, Sarah Webb with support from dlr Lexicon Library

Presented in association with Children’s Books Ireland and IBBY Ireland


Cost: e25 (plus booking fee - includes coffee and lunch) e15 concessions

After the sell-out success of our last day for children’s writers and illustrators we are back with another event packed with information and facts about all aspects of picturebooks. If you’ve ever wanted to write or illustrate a picturebook, it’s a must. Hear a host of award-winning picturebook makers talk about their work and find out what publishers and agents are looking for.

9.30am Registration

10.00am Welcome - Sarah Webb, dlr Writer in Residence

10.00am to 11.00am  What Makes a Brilliant Picturebook and Do They Have to Rhyme?

The answer is no! Hear the case for rhythm and rhyme by poet Lucinda Jacobs who will also conduct a quick workshop on rhyme scheme, and the case for prose by Valerie Coghlan. They will also talk about their favourite picture books and why they work. 

11.00am – 11.20am Coffee Break

11.20am to 12.20pm  What Comes First, the Words or the Pictures?

An introduction to the world of picture books with award-winning picturebook writers and illustrators Michael Emberley, Chris Judge, Marie Louise Fitzpatick and Mary Murphy. They will talk about the different stages of producing a picturebook, from idea to dummy to printed book and will discusses the ups and downs of life as a full time writer/illustrator.

12.20pm – 1.00pm Shhh! Silent Books

IBBY Ireland present their Silent Books Exhibition and talk about the importance of wordless picture books.

1.00pm to 2.00pm Lunch and a chance to look at the picturebooks from the Silent Books Exhibition

2.00pm to 2.40pm  If I Could Tell You Just One Thing

Picture Book Boot Camp’s Adrienne Geoghegan shares the most common mistakes writers and illustrators make and gives her tips for writing and illustrating a great picture book

2.40pm to 3.45pm  Is It Me You're Looking For?

Chair: Aoife Murray, Children’s Books Ireland  

Walker Picturebook Publisher and Creative Director, Deirdre McDermott, Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin, Publisher at Futa Fata and O’Brien Press Design Manager, Emma Byrne talk about what they are looking for in illustrators and from picture book texts. Plus Margaret Anne Suggs from Illustrators Ireland will talk about agents and the pros and cons of illustration agents vs literary agents. The panel will also discuss fees, advances and royalties for illustrators and picturebook writers.