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Author in Focus - Julia Donaldson We explore the life and career of one of the UK's most successful authors and children's Laureate. A Creative Childhood Julia Donaldson grew up in London in the 1960s, living in a terraced Victorian house with her parents, grandmother, uncle and auntie and sister. Julia and her sister would often be found writing shows and choreographing ballets together which would help steer her creativity in her later years. At University, Julia studied Drama and French and it was there that she met a guitar playing medic, Malcolm whom she later married. Together they used to busk on the...

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We shed light on one the UK's favourite children's illustrators and unique Style Who is Axel Scheffler? German-born Axel Scheffler began his career in advertising and publishing in the 1980's. After studying briefly at the University of Hamburg, Germany, he dropped out of his History and Art course, instead, pursuing National Service in his home country. By 1982, Axel was 25 years old and living in London studying Visual Communications at the Bath Academy of Art in Wiltshire. It was during these years, (1982 - 1984) that he decided he wanted to be a children's illustrator.    Axel SchefflerBy 1988, his...

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