The team managing Picture Hooks is made up of individuals who have strong track records in both illustration and book publishing: Vivian French has published over 250 books and lectures at Edinburgh College of Art, Jonathan Gibbs is Head of Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art, and Lucy Juckes is co-founder of Barrington Stoke and a literary agent.
During their professional lives, they have all shown the ability to spot talent and nurture it. They all believe passionately in the importance of illustration and the need to encourage its development, but are deeply aware of the gap in training and development for illustrators.
Vivian is a highly successful and respected children’ author who has over 250 books published. She also conducts writing workshops for both children and adults, teaches at Edinburgh College of Art and mentors new writers and illustrators.
Lucy is a literary agent for children’s writers and illustrators at Jenny Brown Associates in Edinburgh. She has worked in the publishing industry for over 25 years, is a Chair of Barrington Stoke and Treasurer of the Association of Scottish Literary Agents, and has links with other literary agents. Her client list includes illustrators whose talent and career she has nurtured and developed.
Jonathan is Programme Director of the illustration department at Edinburgh College of Art, and a talented, successful illustrator in his own right.
Saskia is a freelance illustrator and tutor at the Edinburgh Drawing School. She was previously studio assistant for the Edinburgh College of Art’s illustration department, from which she is a graduate.