"Creativity has never been more important": Waterstones Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell launches creative summer camp with all star line-up 01/07/2020
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From 6 - 10 July, Cressida is holding a week of ‘Summer Camp’ activity celebrating children’s innate creativity and showcasing the enormous wealth of talent across the UK.
She's joined by an all-star line-up of leading authors and illustrators – including Eoin Colfer, Theresa Lola and Rob Biddulph – to encourage young creatives with writing workshops, drawing masterclasses and much more. We're updating this page daily with new activities!
Please note: We sometimes link to third party sites, including YouTube, so children should not use Cressida's Creativity Summer Camp unsupervised.
Wednesday: Poetry and Performance
Monday 6 July: ‘Inspiring Magic Ideas’
Cressida’s Creativity Summer Camp launches with a glimpse into the work-in-progress notebooks of leading authors and illustrators with Liz Pichon, David Almond, Dapo Adeola, Chris Riddell and Allen Fatimaharan revealing the inspiration behind their much-loved stories and their creative process.
Cressida’s ‘Laureate Gallery’ celebrating creativity opens today, with children invited to submit their own work to be exhibited alongside that of former Laureates Michael Morpurgo, Anne Fine and Lauren Child as well as Candy Gourlay, Yasmeen Ismail, Jim Field, Jackie Morris and more. For further details, click here.
Tuesday 7 July: ‘Drawing Day’
Celebrating drawing and the art of illustration, Cressida will be joined on the second day of Summer Camp by Nadia Shireen, Marta Altés and Sarah McIntyre, who present a step by step drawing masterclass, plus a Summer Camp themed online art lesson from Guinness World Record holder Rob Biddulph.
Wednesday 8 July: ‘Poetry & Performance’
- Poetry and performance are the theme of Summer Camp on Thursday, with Young People's Laureate Theresa Lola leading a poetry workshop and readings and tips from Laura Dockrill, Joshua Seigal and Joseph Coelho, plus Cressida will be reading some of former Laureate Michael Rosen’s most loved poems.
Thursday 9 July: ‘Reading Aloud Around the World’
- On Thursday - which marks the one year anniversary of Cressida Cowell’s appointment as Waterstones Children’s Laureate - international Children’s Laureates from around the world will unite with Cressida for a Laureate readathon, with Jason Reynolds (US), Eloise Williams (Wales), Áine Ní Ghlinn (Ireland), Ursula Dubosarsky (Australia) and Manon Sikkel (The Netherlands), to celebrate the power of sharing a story.
Friday 10 July: ‘Writing Masterclass’
- On the final day of Cressida’s Creativity Summer Camp, Eoin Colfer, Zanib Mian, Sharna Jackson, Patrice Lawrence and Francesca Simon will be helping aspiring writers with a masterclass containing plenty of story starter ideas, advice on creating characters, and how to build an imaginary world. And to wrap-up Summer Camp, Cressida will be joined by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Onjali Raúf for a very special live event where they will answer as many questions as possible in a creativity brainstorm!
In this section
Everything you need to know about the laureateship and the current children's author in the role, Cressida Cowell.
Cressida Cowell is the number one bestselling author-illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once book series, and the author of the Emily Brown picture books, illustrated by Neal Layton.
Would you like to see Cressida Cowell and the former Waterstones Children's Laureates? If so, why not head along to one of a number of events this year.
Take a look at our League of Laureates: ten star authors and illustrators who have previously held the role.
Find out about everyone who supports the Waterstones Children's Laureate and makes the role possible.
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Laureate news and blogs
Fun activity sheets to try
Draw your dragon, give it a name and then those all-important vital statistics!
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Laureate news on Twitter
- RT @kidslitfest: Childrens Laureates of the world unite! Tune in tomorrow when our @UKLaureate @CressidaCowell gets the gang together for a… 9 hours ago
- RT @jonedgley: @Booktrust @UKLaureate Iris (8) has, with a little help, written a poem about what she's thankful for in lockdown for #Cress… 11 hours ago
- This week is #CressidaSummerCamp and on Friday at 11am there'll be a LIVE event with @CressidaCowell, @frankcottrell_b and @OnjaliRauf, hosted by @EmilyDrabs - missing this is just not an option, and we are ALREADY super excited. Ask your questions using #CressidaSummerCamp 🙌 https://t.co/yRPycCQXTm 13 hours ago
- RT @ChepstowBooks: Thank you to the incredible @UKLaureate for putting on #CressidaSummerCamp has inspired lots of our younger customers. 14 hours ago
- RT @CressidaCowell: On today's Poetry Day at Creativity Summer Camp, I got to read @MichaelRosenYes 's wonderful poem about the NHS 'These… 14 hours ago