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Picture Book Club

Picture Book Club is a monthly book club for grown-ups who love picture books. Perhaps you are an author or illustrator or you have ambitions to write a picture book? Just love all the new exciting writing and artwork coming out? Want to learn more about children’s publishing?

Then Picture Book Club is for you! We usually meet on the second Tuesday evening of each month. We move around the country a bit to spread the picture book joy as far and wide as possible! Each month we arrange a speaker or other book-related event and then there is a chance for a bit of networking and some nibbles. Previous speakers include Sophy Henn, Nicolette Jones, Mat Tobin, Meg McLaren and Yuval Zommer. Tickets are £5 on the door.

Picture Book Club is organised by Fiona Barker and Kate Poels. We’re both children’s book authors and just want to share our love of the genre.

If you’d like to know more about Picture Book Club then please email info@fionabarker.co.uk. Look out for #picturebookclub for updates on Twitter or follow @Fi_BGB and @KatePoelsAuthor. Or like our @picbookclub page on Facebook and you’ll always be kept up to date!


We’re taking a break in July but make sure you keep an eye out for us over the summer because we may be coming to a town near you!

Tom McLaughlin

Very excitingly in August we’re heading back to Exeter and Roman Gate Waterstones. This time we’re going to be meeting author-illustrator Tom McLaughlin and hearing about his successful career including titles such as Up, Up and Away, The Accidental Secret Agent and Catch That Rat. We’re hoping to pick up some tips! Please note that this meeting is on THURSDAY 9th August at 7pm.

Penny Morris

In September join us for our very first London meeting! Penny Morris, associate publisher at Macmillan Children’s Books, will be joining us on 11th September to share some of her trade secrets and let us in on what Macmillan are bringing out for the Christmas picture book market! Do come and join us for our first London experiment. We’d love to see lots of new faces! Here’s Penny (second from left) at the launch of Little Red Reading Hood by PBCs very own Lucy May Rowland.

For more information about Picture Book Club please email info@fionabarker.co.uk and check out the event pages on this site for information on how to book.