Judy Horacek, cartoonist-in-residence at SLQ

Beloved cartoonist and picture book creator Judy Horacek is taking up residency at State Library of Queensland.

State Librarian Janette Wright said that Judy Horacek will undertake a residency as part of the partnership between State Library of Queensland and May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust.

“Judy is one of the 2013 May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Creative Time Fellows, a program that enables published children's authors and illustrators to take up one-month residencies to concentrate intensively on their work and advance their creative skills,” Ms Wright said.

“Some of Judy’s successes include the local and international publication of her cartoons, such as her most recent collection If You Can’t Stand The Heat, as well as her work with children’s author Mem Fox on the picture books Where is the Green Sheep? and Good Night Sleep Tight.
Judy has also written and illustrated four picture books of her own: The Story of Growl, Yellow is my favourite colour, These are My Hands and These are My Feet.

On Friday 3 May, Judy will visit The Corner, the popular children’s space at State Library, to read these stories and answer audience questions about her books.

Fans can pick Judy’s brain at a free talk on Thursday 2 May where she’ll be talking about Laughter, the universe and everything. Judy will discuss her work, how she got started and how she continues, alongside plenty of pictures and lots of laughs.

Young students can also join in the fun at free schools workshops running from 29 April – 1 May. Judy will show children from Prep through to Year 4 how she turns ideas into books, and, in keeping with the themes of her own books, how to draw sheep and monsters.

Opportunities created by partnerships such as the one between State Library and May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust are incredibly valuable to Queensland children who are still lagging behind in national literacy levels.

Around 16 percent of Queensland children identify as being developmentally vulnerable on two or more Australian Early Development Index measures in their first year of school.

The Corner and other programs at State Library provide fun, free activities for the whole family to get excited about books and reading.

The visuals in picture books, such as cartoons and illustrations, often help children to understand the text when they are learning to read.”

Visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on for more information on the Judy Horacek events at State Library.

Laughter, the universe and everything
Thu 2 May, 6pm–7pm | State Library of Queensland
Free | Bookings slq.eventbrite.com
The Library Shop will selling books on the night and Judy will be happy to sign them.

Judy Horacek visits The Corner
Fri 3 May, 10am–11am | State Library of Queensland

Drawing sheep with Judy Horacek
Suitable for Prep, Year 1 & Year 2
Mon 29 Apr – Wed 1 May, 10am–11am | State Library of Queensland

Drawing monsters with Judy Horacek
Suitable for Year 2–4
Mon 29 Apr – Wed 1 May, 11.30am–12.30pm | State Library of Queensland
Free | Bookings slq.eventbrite.com

Media enquiries:
Amanda Edwards, SLQ Communications
Ph 07 3842 9803, amanda.edwards@slq.qld.gov.au


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