Livi Gosling

What books did you read when you were a child?
I loved reading Roald Dahl. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a particular favourite. I loved Patrick Benson’s illustrations in The Minpins.

I also enjoyed non-fiction books. My family called them ‘rainy day books.’ These were often non-fiction anthology-style books, full of facts, maps and interesting things to discover.

If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
I would quite like to be the Tiger in The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

What is the best thing about reading?
Getting lost in another world.

What is your all time favourite book?
Heartburn by Nora Ephron.

Other than reading books what is the most important thing a parent can do to help develop their children’s communication skills?
Play. The imagination is such a powerful tool.

How big a part did your parents play in encouraging your writing skills?
My parents set up a graphic design company and have always encouraged my drawing. They supported my decisions to choose creative subjects throughout school and I’m very grateful for this. I know so many people whose parents discouraged this. They respected my decisions and did all they could to support and encourage me once I’d graduated. I’m very lucky and I can’t thank them enough.

How do you encourage your children or grandchildren to read, what books do you enjoy reading with them?
I would recommend that parents of older children seek out the work of Carson Ellis and Colin Meloy. Their Wildwood books are fantastic. Younger children would enjoy The Night Flower by Lara Hawthorne. I adore her illustrations.

Livi grew up in Hertfordshire and studied in Falmouth Cornwall, where she met such wonderful people there and loved living by the sea for three amazing years. After graduating, she moved back to Hertfordshire and began freelancing. She also had part time jobs for a few years while she got my business off the ground. She loves being able to draw and create every day!

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