The 2019 masterclass will be facilitated by:

Nadia Shireen
Nadia Shireen enjoyed making homemade magazines and comics as a child. After working as a journalist for 10 years, she published her debut picture book Good Little Wolf in 2011. It went on to receive a mention in the Bologna Ragazzi Opera Prima Award and win the UKLA Book Award. Nadia has gone on to write and publish more picture books, including The Bumblebear, which was distributed to over 700,000 children in 2017 through the charity Booktrust. She was a Booktrust writer-in-residence and has been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, amongst others. She lives in London.

Nadia Shireenchildrens book author and illustrator

Marta Altés
I studied graphic design in Barcelona and after working there as a graphic designer for almost five years (The Original Cha Chá), I decided to pursue my interest for illustration that I had since I was a child. I moved to England and I joined the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. Now, after finishing the course, I think it was the BEST decision
I have ever made.

Since I graduated, I’m working as an illustrator in London and it makes me feel so lucky and happy. In 2012 I started working as a part time lecturer in the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art.

I always try to have a positive and funny vision about life and to get a smile from who is looking at my drawings or reading my stories is what I like the most about illustration.


Alexis Deacon
Alexis Deacon graduated from the University of Brighton, where he studied Illustration, in 2001. His picture books include I Am Henry Finch and the award-winning A Place to Call Home. Alexis Deacon was one of Booktrust’s ten Best New Illustrators in 2008. His picture book Beegu was a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Slow Loris is number 69 on Time Magazine’s best children books of all time. Alexis lives in London.

Illustrator Alexis Deacon at his home?cum-studio in south London.

Ben Newman
Ben Newman. Ben Newman has developed a distinct aesthetic over the years; a contemporary fusion of bold shapes, bright colours and playful characters which has been described as ‘bauhaus fuzzy felt.’ He has produced work for a large range of clients, including the Tate Modern, New York Times, BBC Radio 4, Google and The New Yorker. His practice extends outside of commercial work into worldwide exhibitions, paintings and three dimensional collaborations.

Nowadays, he spends the majority of his time collaborating on the Professor Astro Cat children’s books with his longtime friend and scientist, Dr Dominic Walliman, which are published by Flying Eye Books and have been translated into over 20+ languages.
Concurrent to working as a freelance illustrator, Newman lectures on illustration at various universities and conferences in the UK and Europe.


Ben Haggarty
Ben is one of the world’s leading contemporary storytellers, creating and performing work inspired by international fairytale, myth & epic. Renowned for his playful, physical and often challenging performances, he regularly plays stages as diverse as Soho Theatre, Kings Place, The British Museum, Rich Mix, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Barbican, Northern Stage, York Theatre Royal, and Cheltenham, Hay & Durham Literature Festivals. He has been a guest artist in over one hundred International Storytelling Festivals in 25 countries, and was the official storyteller with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble for 10 years.


Joe Marriott
I’ve been a picture book commissioning editor at Penguin Random House Children’s. I’ve been lucky enough to work with a huge range of talented authors and illustrators including Nick Sharratt, Mini Grey, Abie Longstaff, Tom Fletcher, Deborah Allwright and Sara Ogilvie, among many others – and I also work with classic brands such as Spot. I look for books that are engaging, surprising, inspiring, stylish and accessible. One of my favourite picture books is Dogs Don’t Do Ballet by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie – the text is beautifully written, the artwork brims both with style and character – a bestselling book that is sweet and funny, encouraging readers to think differently.

I’m a mentor for Penguin Random House’s WriteNow initiative, supporting authors and illustrators from backgrounds currently under-represented in the publishing world. And I generally enjoy working with debut authors and illustrators, helping them to develop their picture book voices and launch their picture book careers.


Aitana Carrasco
Aitana is an author of children’s and young people’s literature. She has more than twenty published books under and illustrates for press, posters, book covers and music bands. She is also a writer of diaries, a garbage collector, an illustration teacher and an occasional actress.

Her work has been awarded several times and her illustrations have been exhibited in Spain, Mexico, Italy, Slovakia, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Japan, France and Argentina. She combines her work as an illustrator with teaching for both children and adults, lecturing on illustration at universities, schools, libreries, book fairs and museums.

She almost always remembers her dreams, walks every day, rewrites books with scissors, sings while showering and learn tap dance. She believes that playing is a powerful creative engine, likes to work with constrictions and loves cutting and pasteing.


Picturecamp is produced and hosted by Jorge Martin (

Jorge Martín
Jorge is an illustrator,, a storyteller and a scribe. He has lived in Mexico, USA, Germany and London. He now resides in a teeny tiny village in Northern Spain, population: 25. His first book ‘J’sais pas quoi faire’ came out in 2014. Since, he has illustrated another 10 books (of which he has written two) in France, USA and the UK.

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Previous teachers have included Kitty Crowther, Chris Haughton, Benji Davies, Yara Kono, Jim Field, Natascha Rosenberg, Ana Pez and Chris Riddell.