Tracy Beaker illustrator to speak at Gray’s School of Art

A well-known illustrator and author of children’s books is to deliver a special lecture at Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Gray’s School of Art.

Nick SharrattNick Sharratt is speaking at the latest in the ‘Guest at Gray’s’ series, which regularly brings well known artists and designers to the school to impart their knowledge and experience with students and staff.

Nick has illustrated around 260 books, including over 50 books by award-winning author Jacqueline Wilson, among them the Hetty Feather novels and The Story of Tracy Beaker, which was the most borrowed library book in the UK for the first decade of this century. The books on which Nick and Jacqueline have collaborated have sold more than 40 million copies in the UK alone.

Nick has also illustrated many picture books for writers such as Julia Donaldson, Michael Rosen, Giles Andreae, Kes Gray and Jeremy Strong. He is the author-illustrator of over 50 books including Shark In the Park, Don’t Put Your Finger in the Jelly, Nelly! and Ketchup on Your Cornflakes? His picture book sales exceed 10 million.

Nick’s ‘Guest at Gray’s’ lecture will take place at the RGU Aberdeen Business School on February 27 at 1pm and will be open to the public.

Marie Simpson, lecturer at Gray’s, believes it is a real coup to have someone of Nick’s calibre speaking to students, who will be able to draw from his vast experience and talent.

“Nick is a hugely talented author and artist and his work is tremendously popular across the world with the books he has worked on translated into many different languages.

“It is a real honour to have Nick with us for the latest in the Guest at Gray’s series and we are all really looking forward to hearing about his career and finding out about the opportunities which his chosen path has given him.

“This event will be open to the public so please come and join us for what promises to be an insightful and colourful presentation.”

Nick added: “I’m looking forward greatly to coming to Gray’s.  It’s over 30 years since I left art school  and although I do a great deal of school visits and  book–related events it’s rare that I get the chance to meet and talk with art students, so this will be a wonderful opportunity.

“I hope that I’ll be able to provide a useful insight into the world of a working illustrator, and aim to inspire and encourage by showing my own career journey from school days and college to the present day.”


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