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Telling Stories with Pictures

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Telling Stories with Pictures

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Jan 27 2020 19:00 - 20:30


Clare Walters

27 January 2020

7.00–8.30pm (Doors 6.30pm)

Tickets: £10–15

Ask most people to name a wordless picturebook and they are likely to struggle for an answer. Yet within the world of children’s publishing there are many such titles, including perhaps the most well known, Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman. Using examples from my personal collection, which spans the 1960s to the present day, I will endeavour to introduce the audience to this under-appreciated area of children’s literature.

I’ll explain the term ‘wordless picturebook’ (sometimes known as ‘silent books’) and highlight some of the techniques artists use to tell their stories visually. I will also introduce listeners to a range of artists who work regularly in this field, and look at how they might approach a similar subject in different ways.

Books without words encourage the viewer to attempt a purely visual form of ‘reading’. This can be both demanding, as you have to work hard to ‘decode’ the pictures, and rewarding, as you ultimately become a ‘co-creator’ of the story. The real pleasure of these books for me, though, is that they provide the opportunity to immerse myself fully in the richness of the images, which are frequently quite stunning.

Clare Walters is a freelance editor and journalist. Together with a colleague, she’s written more than 30 books for both children and parents, and she has also co-written scripts for the BBC preschool TV series Balamory. She has a master’s degree in children’s literature and is an independent Artistic and Quality Assessor for Arts Council England. She runs the website based on her collection.

Photos by Sarah Snaith and John Walters

This lecture will be held in the intimate setting of our Passmore Edwards Room. Tickets are limited to 30 places and a complimentary drink is included in the ticket price.


Established in 1891 with a clear social and cultural purpose, St Bride Foundation is one of London’s hidden gems.

Housed in a beautiful Grade II listed Victorian building, St Bride Foundation was originally set up to serve the burgeoning print and publishing trade of nearby Fleet Street, and is now finding a new contemporary audience of designers, printmakers and typographers who come to enjoy a regular programme of design events and workshops.

Many thousands of books, printing-related periodicals and physical objects are at the heart of St Bride Library. Volumes on the history of printing, typography, newspaper design and paper-making jostle for space alongside one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of type specimens. The printed, written, carved and cast word may be found at St Bride in its myriad forms. Architectural lettering and examples of applied typography in many media, together with substantial collections of steel punches and casting matrices for metal types are also held in this eclectic collection. The Reading Room is open to visitors twice a month and on other days by appointment. Although we operate on a cost-neutral basis, it is necessary to charge for some of our services. Details are available by emailing the library team at

St Bride retains many of its original features, including the baths, laundry, printing rooms and library. As part of the Foundation’s original mission to provide for the community, many of the building’s unique and characterful spaces are available to hire whether for meetings, weddings or classes.

St Bride also houses the popular Bridewell Theatre, and Bridewell Bar (once the laundry), and hosts a year-round programme of plays, comedy, music and exhibitions.

With some 65,000 visitors a year St Bride Foundation is a major London hub for the creative arts in London. We look forward to welcoming you soon.


St Bride Foundation St Bride Foundation, 14 Bride Ln, EC4Y 8EQ London


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