Clare Walters

Recent articles by Clare Walters

Living, breathing picturebooks

Issue 90, 2015

Review

Starting from 1910 and ending in 2014, this large-format book shows…

Learning from Ladybird

Issue 89, Winter 2014

Review

For any member of the generations who grew up with Ladybird Books, the…

Told in pictures

Issue 85, Spring 2013

Feature

Wordless picturebooks form a corner of children’s literature in which illustrators and artists…

Gentle giant

Issue 83, 2012

Review

Tom Gauld’s Goliath tells the story of David and Goliath from the latter’s…

No strings attached

Issue 65, Autumn 2007

Feature

A random collection of discarded labels reveals traces of past journeys

Handy hardback memories

Issue 66, Winter 2007

Review

Generations of children have grown up with Ladybird books. Between 1940 and 1980…

Recent blog posts by Clare Walters

Watch with mother

4 May 2015

Ladybird’s illustrative visions of mid-century Britain, on display at the De La Warr Pavilion and in a new book
A visit to the spacious light-filled De La Warr Pavilion – one of the most iconic Modernist buildings in Britain – is always a pleasure, even on a cold rainy wind-swept day, writes Clare Walters.

Stepping into stories

16 January 2015

The Story Museum in Oxford celebrates the power of fiction with an exhibition that combines spoken word with photography and installation design
The Story Museum, which opened in 2014, occupies an unrefurbished building in the heart of Oxford and ‘26 Characters’ is its inaugural exhibition, writes Clare Walters.

Storytelling on a shoestring

14 October 2014

If you have ever enjoyed making things from bits of string and wire, pipe cleaners and fabric, cotton reels and ping-pong balls, this book will surely appeal, writes Clare Walters.

Futurist at the front

22 September 2014

A new exhibition shows how C. R. W. Nevinson brought an avant-garde eye to the grim truth of war
As Europe marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, a new exhibition of C. R. W. Nevinson’s prints is a bleak reminder of those dark days, writes Clare Walters.

When Penguins begat Puffins

12 August 2014

The Penguin Collectors Society turns its attention to the influential Puffin imprint for young readers … plus Porpoises, Ptarmigans and Peacocks
On 15 October 2010, the University of Bristol held a study day on Puffin, Penguin’s celebrated children’s imprint, writes Clare Walters.

Straight from the gentleman in Whitehall

21 May 2014

Information posters told British citizens what to do about nearly everything – from posting early to eating potatoes, writes Clare Walters
From protecting national secrets to guiding work choices, from cleaning our teeth to dish-washing, public information posters have advised the British public what to do for generations, writes Clare Walters.

Beasts and alphabets

16 October 2013

The work of Enid Marx links two new exhibitions about animals at Compton Verney in Warwickshire
For designers and illustrators with an interest in print-making there is much to see in two inter-related exhibitions at the beautiful (if rather remote) Compton Verney gallery in Warwickshire, writes Clare Walters.

Panoramic drama

25 July 2013

In Limbo, from Full Circle, is an experimental iPhone app that puts you at the centre of a real-time, 360° airport movie short
In Limbo is a short interactive film for the iPhone (4 and above), writes Clare Walters. To watch it, you use your phone like a camera, observing human behaviour in ‘Terminal 8’, a fictional airport departure lounge.

A Persian paradox

1 June 2013

Peter Sís crafts a picturebook from Farid Ud-Din Attar’s twelfth-century poem
‘Love loves difficult things’ claims the hoopoe bird at the centre of this poem. And this picturebook could certainly be described as ‘difficult’, for it is mysterious and enigmatic, intriguing and spiritual, writes Clare Walters.