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Artist and author behind Harry Potter cover to lead free children's workshop in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 16:41 27 May 2019 | UPDATED: 16:41 27 May 2019

Waterstones in Ipswich town centre. 

Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Waterstones in Ipswich town centre. Picture: RACHEL EDGE

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Youngsters in Ipswich can take part in a free half-term workshop led by author and artist Thomas Taylor - who created the first-ever Harry Potter book cover.

Malamander writer Thomas Taylor will run a workshop for children at Waterstones in Ipswich this week.Malamander writer Thomas Taylor will run a workshop for children at Waterstones in Ipswich this week.

The interactive Malamander Kids Workshop workshop is taking place at Waterstones in the town from 2-3pm on Thursday, May 30.

This event will celebrate his new book, Malamander: The Legends of Eerie-on-Sea, which is Waterstones Children's Book of the Month for May.

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Thomas Taylor will show youngsters how to create their own monsters, and introduce the eccentric characters from Eerie-on-Sea.

The briny world of Malamander is inhabited by mechanical mermonkeys and diabolical villains. But Herbert Lemon and Violet Parma are on a mission to find Violet's missing parents - and nothing is going to stand in their way.

The event will include interactive drawing and writing exercises. There is no need to book a place, just go along on the day.

Thomas did the cover art for the first cover of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which was his first-ever professional commission. He has since illustrated and written many other children's books.

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