Come and join the author and illustrator of the Waterstones Children’s Illustrated Book of the Year! Lauren & Jenny will be reading, drawing and signing copies. To give it an extra family hometown feel, Swansea-born Lauren is the daughter of our very own Lynne!
Friendship is the fifth character in this beautiful story that charts the lives of four girls. This winning combination of Ace’s purposeful text and Lovlie’s charming illustrations provide a story that is brimming over with character and compassion. The overarching theme of inspiration is underpinned with a sweetness that encourages children and adults to return to and share this story again and again.
Lauren Ace is from South Wales, studied drama at the University of Exeter, and now lives in London, where she has worked in publishing for ten years. An award-winning publicist, Lauren looked after Julia Donaldson during her tenure as Children’s Laureate and has managed World Book Day campaigns and the announcement of Chris Riddell as Children’s Laureate. The Girls is her debut picture book. You can follow her on Twitter at @LaceyPR.
Jenny Løvlie is an illustrator and bird enthusiast from Ekkerøy, in northern Norway. She graduated with a BA in illustration and animation from Kingston University London in 2014. She draws a lot of inspiration from the Arctic landscape, flora, and fauna. Jenny is based in Cardiff, Wales.