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Fantastic Beasts and How to Illustrate Them

Saturday, 19 October 2019

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Suitable for: All ages (Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult)


Are you sure that if you were walking along the banks of the River Roch on a rainy day, you’d recognise a Grindylow if you saw one? Would you know for certain how to deal with a Boggart in the attic, or a Chinese Fireball building its nest in your back garden? What would you do if you were bitten by an Ashwinder, accidentally struck up a conversation with an Erkling, or fell afoul of a Fwooper?

If you’re reading this and thinking ‘oh my goodness, I have never heard of any of those things!!’ then you are, in all likelihood, an Unfortunate Muggle. But fear not, Unfortunate Muggle – there’s no need to go running to your Ford Anglia in fear just yet!! Olivia Lomenech-Gill, award-winning illustrator of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is coming to Rochdale. She will show you exactly how these curious creatures were created, what they look like and, most importantly, impart all the knowledge you need to save yourself from sticky situations, mournful moments, and calamitous calamities.

Olivia is also the acclaimed illustrator of Michael Morpurgo’s Where My Wellies Take Me, which was shortlisted for the prestigious CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, the UK’s oldest and most renowned award for children’s book illustration. Having created the lavish artwork for the illustrated edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, she will be talking about the inspirations and design processes that give her creations their unique and magical personality.

Visit Olivia Lomenech-Gill’s website (external link)

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