The Book Drunkard Literary Festival

In our opinion, the best part of bedtime is cuddling close and sharing an adventure, but what would those storybooks be without the illustrations?

In this event we celebrated the artists behind the artwork as we welcomed Brenda Clark and Jan Dolby to Blue Heron Studio. We invited guests to bring the whole family to meet the illustrators, explore their art through our studio’s gallery and take home their own illustrations. Select pieces by the artists were also available for sale.

Extra time was left for colouring and story time with our illustrators. For budding artists, Brenda Clark shared a little insight into the illustration world.

Event began at 10:30 am and story time began at 11:00 am.

Following October 26th, a select number of Brenda & Jan’s pieces (as well as the Young Illustrator Competition entries) were on display for the remainder of the festival. Guests stopped in and were inspired. The studio was open the following days and times:

October 27: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm • October 28: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm • October 30: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm • November 1: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm


Brenda Clark

Brenda Clark is best known as the illustrator of the original Franklin the Turtle series written by Paulette Bourgeois. She has also illustrated Sadie and the Snowman, Big Sarah’s Little Boots, and the award-winning Little Fingerling.

Fun Fact: Brenda was the first ever children’s author to visit Blue Heron Books.


Jan Dolby

Jan Dolby is a freelance illustrator who works throughout the realm of visual arts. She uses acrylic paint, watercolour, graphite and markers along with Photoshop and Illustrator to create her beautiful illustrations. Her artwork can be seen most recently in Gabby alongside author Joyce Grant.

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Blue Heron Studio

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Blue Heron Books was first opened in 1989. The Blue Heron Studio offers a creative space for learning, playing and a multitude of unique experiences.

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