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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 meet on the second Tuesday of every month and alternate between Windsor and Reading branches of Waterstones. Our meetings start at 7pm in Windsor and 7.30pm in Reading. 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.

Rob Biddulph

Picture Book Club kicks off again for 2018 with a real treat! After months of negotiations, Rob Biddulph has cleared a space in his very busy diary to come and share his experiences as a highly successful picture book author-illustrator. We will be at Waterstones Reading once again from 7pm. Sneak peeks have been promised! Don’t miss out!


For April, we are back in Windsor again with debut author John Condon. We are going to get an early look at John’s new book The Wondrous Dinosaurium (illustrated by Steve Brown). We’re looking forward to hearing John’s publishing journey!

Children's Author Lou Treleaven at the reading event at Hay's Galleria

In May we will be back to our usual time and place at Reading Waterstones on 8.5.18 at 7pm. We’re going to be joined by experienced author and editor Lou Treleaven. Lou has helped several members hone their stories so don’t miss out on your chance to meet her in person!

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.