In 2018 WestWords & Pinerolo partnered to offer two emerging children’s book illustrators a week in residence at Pinerolo: The Children’s Book Cottage at Blackheath, in the beautiful Blue Mountains. The residency aims to extend illustrators’ knowledge of picture book creation and design, the process of publishing and the publishing industry, being mentored by Margaret Hamilton, a professional publisher of picture books for over thirty years. The self-contained, self-catering cottage offers tranquillity and an inspiring working environment with electric blankets, a wood-burning fire and air-conditioning, for cosiness and comfort in all weather, as well as a fully equipped kitchen.


We are proud to announce the 2018 Illustrators in Residence.

3 – 9 June: Eddie Abd


Eddie is a visual artist who works in the medium of digital collage. She uses drawing and textiles in her digital collages as well as items from her world, such as her kids toys, to create works that explore the interconnectedness of cultures.

Eddie is a creative producer at Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) and has collaborated with families to illustrate three picture books produced by ICE titled Lullaby in a Far Away Land, Auburn Twinkles and Auburn Tweets. Yasmeen_Can_Roar1






11 – 17 November: Maxine Hamilton


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Maxine Hamilton is a freelance illustrator and designer. She has worked in the design and illustration industry professionally for the past twenty years.Max works in two main styles. The first combines water colour, drawing and collage in a playful style and the second is a more realistic style using water colour or black and white pencil. Maxine has illustrated greeting cards for Nuovo Group as well as for several magazines, design agencies and children’s clothing labels such as Wilson and Frenchy. She also creates artworks for her own online print store.

Reflecting on her career as an illustrator Maxine comments,  “My career dream has always been to illustrate children’s books and I finally have the confidence to really try and make this happen.”hamilton-maxine panda






This is a WestWords project in partnership with:

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