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16TH - 23RD MAY 2020


Children’s Book creation

We are hugely fortunate to have a course run by the award-winning children’s book writer and illustrator, James Mayhew and our very own Andrew Watson, book designer and Art Director.

This course aims to help emerging illustrators, artists and writers to work together to create exciting and stimulating ideas for children’s illustrated books.


18th - 25th May 2020, running concurrently with Andalucian Cookery.


  • Full-board accommodation in private ensuite twin bedroom

  • 5 days’ tuition (average 4 hours per day)

  • A tapas tour in Granada city

  • Excursions

  • Transfers to and from Granada Airport

  • Illustration workshops

  • Book structuring and story-telling techniques

  • Practical advice on how to present your work when approaching agents and publishers

  • Visits to historical and mythical local sites of interest

  • How to promote your work

  • Step by step guides from sketchbook/notebook through to publishing and print

  • Visit to illustration exhibition and exploring Spain’s illustration history

  • Guest illustrators/writers TBC

Flights are NOT included.


James Mayhew & Andrew Watson


This course aims to guide and inspire authors and illustrators who want to create a Children's Book. The course will cover topics such as how to get started, practicalities of picture book construction, workshop discussions about writing for children, trends and popular misconceptions about the publishing industry. James and Andrew will also be giving portfolio reviews. We will be taking excursions around the local area, discovering myths and legends with the aim of inspiring your creativity and setting you on your way to creating your own children's book. The course will culminate in a small exhibition and presentation of the works.


James Mayhew

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From the best-selling Katie series, to Ella Bella Ballerina, James Mayhew has been enchanting children with books full of art, stories and music for 30 years. His other titles include Koshka’s Tales, Mouse and Mole, Mrs Noah’s Pockets and Gaspard the Fox.

James also works with many ensembles and orchestras, presenting concerts that incorporate traditional storytelling, and art created live on stage. His collaborators include the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and he has performed at venues ranging from Saffron Hall to the Royal Albert Hall.

James is in demand internationally as a speaker, performer and educator. He has tutored courses for the National Galleries of Scotland, House of Illustration in London and SCBWI, and for many years he was a lecturer on the MA in Children’s Book Illustration, at Cambridge School of Art. He lives in Suffolk with his Spanish partner, where the big skies and gentle light are perfect for artists.

Andrew Watson

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Andrew has been designing award winning children's books for almost 20 years. His career started at Walker Books and he has subsequently worked for publishers such as Frances Lincoln Children's books, Wide Eyed Editions, Hachette, Carlton Books, Candlewick Press and Otter-Barry Books. In 2016 he art directed 'The Bear and the Piano', written and illustrated by David Litchfield and that year's Winner of the Waterstones Illustrated Picture Book prize. Andrew continues to design David's picture books. Also in 2016, following a move to Spain, Andrew set up AW Designs showcasing his work in illustration, print and surface pattern design, as well as his ongoing work as a book designer.


Price per person 1450€ for the week (approximately £1325) to include 5 days’ tuition, full-board accommodation and excursions into Granada. Flights and Alhambra tickets are not included.

Special offers for families or groups of 4 or more people. Contact us for details.

Only 6 participating places available on this course.

Non-participating partners, friends and family are more than welcome, and the price is 950€ per person sharing a twin ensuite room.


Accommodation is on a full-board basis in a charming rural hotel located in the very historic village of Moclín, about 35 minutes’ drive from Granada city and airport. Guests will have private twin ensuite bedrooms, all of which are spacious and very traditionally Andalucian in style. All classes will be held in the large studios in the hotel, and there will be plenty of opportunity to get out and explore the glorious surrounding countryside. The property, which is exclusively ours for the week, is arranged around a central open courtyard, has a roof terrace and is right on the edge of the village with panoramic views over the surrounding landscape.


The nearest airport is Granada. Both EasyJet and British Airways fly direct from London and Manchester. The dates of the course have been scheduled to coincide with EasyJet flights from London Gatwick Airport direct to Granada Airport.

For more information please contact us

The venue has the most stunning location looking out over the olive groves of Granada and on the last day went up to the Castillo in the town where we could see a panorama of the countryside and the snow topped Sierras in the distance.
— Jeanna, Course Guest 2019