Fantastic Beasts and How to Illustrate them: An evening with Olivia Lomenech Gill
Friday 22nd March 7:30pm
Venue: Shire Hall, Lancaster Castle, Castle Parade, Lancaster
Tickets: £12 Full/ £10 Concession/ £8 Student (With Valid ID)
Tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways: AVAILABLE NOW!
Online: VIC Ticketbox
In Person: Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Information Centres
By phone: 01524 582394/ 01524 582808
The magical worlds conjured up by J. K. Rowling have enchanted readers for over two decades. Litfest are delighted to bring back to the festivals 2018’s snowed-off launch event— a very special evening with Olivia Lomenech Gill, illustrator of the new coffee table edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Set in the historic Shire Hall at Lancaster Castle, this is a not-to-be-missed event for all fans of the books, films and anyone interested in illustration. Olivia will offer a behind-the-scenes insight into the creation of this extraordinary book, her life and work and some truly fantastic beasts.
Cosplay is welcome at this event.
‘There is a wildwood spirit about Olivia’s work. She seems to be in touch with an inventiveness that everyday life knocks out of most people, as we toil through adulthood. She knows it’s not easy to keep that spirit alive, and consequently there is a determined joy in her work, a playfulness with hidden gravity.
Animals and children are Olivia’s touchstones, all living creatures in fact, in their various landscapes. There are some imagined beasts too, but living ones triumph. Olivia calls herself ‘an untaught artist and accidental illustrator’. Perhaps that’s her secret. Her work speaks to everyone, unforced, and full of soul’. Kathleen Jamie, poet.
Olivia lives and works in Northumberland, UK.