dragon illustration by lesley barnes
Illustration by Lesley Barnes, Picture Hooks mentee in 2013.

Who are we?

The team managing Picture Hooks is made up of individuals who have strong track records in both illustration and book publishing.

Vivian French has published over 250 books and lectures at Edinburgh College of Art and Lucy Juckes is co-founder of Barrington Stoke and a literary agent.

During their professional lives, they have all shown the ability to spot talent and nurture it.  They all believe passionately in the importance of illustration and the need to encourage its development, but are deeply aware of the gap in training and development for illustrators.

Vivian French

Joint Chair

Vivian is a highly successful and respected children’s author who has over 250 books published.  She also conducts writing workshops for both children and adults, teaches at Edinburgh College of Art and mentors new writers and illustrators.

Lucy Juckes

Joint Chair, Trustee

Lucy is a literary agent for children’s writers and illustrators at Jenny Brown Associates in Edinburgh.  She has worked in the publishing industry for over 25 years and is a Chair of Barrington Stoke. Her client list includes illustrators whose talent and career she has nurtured and developed.

Jonathan Gibbs


Jonathan was Programme Director of the illustration department at Edinburgh College of Art, and is a talented, successful illustrator in his own right.

Tiffany Leeson


Tiffany is a Creative Director in the children’s publishing industry. She’s been working with Illustrators, Designers, Authors and Editors to create books for all children for over 25 years. She particularly loves finding and developing new and emerging illustrators.

Rebecca Essilifie


Rebecca is Art Director of Little Tiger Press.

Simon Lewin