Author visits and workshops for schools, libraries and museums, from Scottish illustrator and children's author Moira Munro. Mainly around Glasgow, Scotland.

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Visits and workshops for children

A variety of formats to inspire you

I love doing author / illustrator visits, inspiring others and being inspired in return.

Unfortunately I'm not available for visits in 2017


I'm open to any of your suggestions for a visit, but here are some formats that have worked well:

I can visit schools, festivals, community groups, libraries, bookshops etc.
Get some ideas here, read sine if the feedback I got from children and adults, then go to "Booking a visit" for practical information.

 

 

I thinked your illustration's were fantastic.
When I get home I'm going to write a story about a bear.'
(Katie, P6)


Photo reproduced by kind permission of East Renfrewshire Council

By Jamie-Leigh, after author visit to Primary 1 school

 

 

Puppies, Mermaids and Meanies

Age: 7 upwards (or P3 upwards)
Duration: 1 hour (or more)
Numbers: Twenty to thirty children. Parents welcome, as always.

Go to "Booking a visit" for practical information.

Theme

The best thing about stories is the characters. Kittens don't have to be cute, mermaids don't have to be wet, and we all love meanies. Characters are fun to imagine and to draw. Writer and illustrator Moira Munro brings you the Finger of Doom and other weird and wonderful ways to create your own awesome characters.

 

Jack's drawing
By Jack of St Bartholomew's PS, Glasgow

What's the plan?

Fun and silliness. Interactive and hands on. Depending on the type of group and your preferences, some storytelling (e.g. from my story "The mermaid who came to school"), and some games to develop and draw an exciting character.

What the children get out of it

The children will have fun imagining a character and making it come to life with the way it speaks, acts, and looks.

Meeting a writer and illustrator, and hearing some of the inside stories about the job, can make books, reading, writing, drawing, take on a new life.

As a result children are likely to read with more enjoyment, some may be stimulated to write more, others to draw, and all will have had an experience of using many creative skills.

This has some of the elements of the cartoon workshop proposed for P5 upwards, but with less empasis on drawing tips (I find that younger kids are quite happy with the skills they have), and more time spent on stories.

You can see some comments from schoolchildren on "The Mermaid who Came to School" here and feedback I received from this type of session here.

 

 


By Kaitlynn of St Bartholomew's PS, Glasgow

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Cartoon workshops for children

Age: 9 upwards (or P5 upwards)
Duration: 1 hour is plenty. If you'd like children to have lots of time to draw, or for me to cover writing as well as drawing, 2 hours is better.
Numbers: Up to 50 children. Parents welcome, as always.

Go to "Booking a visit" for practical information.

Theme

Glasgow writer, illustrator and cartoonist Moira Munro uses cartoon strips to poke fun at the world. Wouldn't you love to make fun of the adults in YOUR life? Have a go at turning wicked ideas into cartoons and try out Moira's secret drawing tips. It's even more exciting if you think you're rubbish at drawing. Just bring some mischief, and get ready to have fun!

Content

I show the children how I experiment to come up with characters. I share my tips for giving them expression and movement. In a longer workshop I can cover the storyline and text in a cartoon strip, i.e. the writing as well as the drawing. The workshop is hands-on all the way through: volunteers help me at the flip-chart, and everyone gets to draw for themselves.

 

 

Adelle: Cartoon workshop: before Adelle: Cartoon workshop: after
Before
After

By Adelle of Prestonfield Primary School

"Draw a really angry grown-up": At the beginning of the session, and again at the end. It's normal to stick to a few safe formulas for drawing, so I'm very pleased if my intrepid audience has tried something different and enjoyed surprising themselves by the end of the session.

What the children get out of it

My aim is for children to enjoy doodling and experimenting without fear of failure, because cartoons can look great even if you're not skilled at realistic drawing. Those who are already confident at drawing may learn new tips, which they can apply to their prefered style of drawing.

Children who are reluctant to read or write may also enjoy having a go at a cartoon strip.

As I give them quite a lot of quick tips to try out, there may not be enough time to have a finished product, a complete cartoon to display. But usually children are keen to continue on their own later.

You can see feedback I received from this type of session here.

 

Anessa: Cartoon workshop: before Anessa: Cartoon workshop: after
Before
After
By Anessa of Prestonfield Primary School

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Teachers and librarians:

Did you know you can get the children involved in discussing and assessing books shortlisted for awards? In Scotland there's the Scottish Children's Books Awards, which gets thousands of children in Primary and Secondary schools reading and discussing books.

 


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Two pictures by children from St John the Baptist PS, UddingstonSt John the Baptist, Uddingston, child's picture

 

St John the Baptist school, Cerys's picture

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The Anna Wilson - Moira Munro double act

Age: 7 upwards (or P3 upwards)
Duration: 1 hour (or more)
Numbers: Big numbers are fine

Go to "Booking a visit" for practical information.

Theme

Anna Wilson is the author of a series of highly popular Puppy and Kitten books, which I illustrated. We live at opposite ends of the UK, so it's a rare event when we meet up for some joint sessions. But when we do... two "utter nutters" and a crowd of kids acting like monkeys: it's hard to beat.

 

Anna Wilson and Moira Munro at Aye Write book festival
Anna Wilson, author of Puppy Love, Kitten Smitten etc, with Moira Munro
and the amazing kids of St Teresa's Primary

 

Interested? Practical details are on "Booking a visit"
Any questions? Do contact me!

 

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