Vivian French has published over 250 books and lectures at Edinburgh College of Art, Jonathan Gibbs is Head of Illustration 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 is a highly successful and respected children’ 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 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, is a Chair of Barrington Stoke and Treasurer of the Association of Scottish Literary Agents, and has links with other literary agents. Her client list includes illustrators whose talent and career she has nurtured and developed.
Jonathan is Programme Director of the illustration department at Edinburgh College of Art, and a talented, successful illustrator in his own right.
Linda is Playfair Education Officer at the Scottish National Gallery, and was Principal Teacher of Art and Design prior to her present role.
She established the highly successful National Galleries of Scotland Art Competition for Schools (now Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools) . Linda is passionate about books for young children and was delighted to host the Best Young Illustrator’s exhibition in 2011 and an exhibition of work by Catherine Rayner and James Mayhew both of whom were commissioned to design trails for the gallery in 2010.
Catriona is your first point of contact for Picture Hooks, managing the programme and keeping things in order. Catriona has a wealth of experience within the publishing and creative worlds, having worked with Publishing Scotland, Society of Young Publishers, Edinburgh International Book Festival, and Creative Edinburgh.