Join best-selling duo Lauren Ace and Jenny Løvlie as they dive into their award-winning picture books The Girls and The Boys. Hear all about their own childhoods, their favourite stories and the friendships that inspired them both. Take part in a fun craft activity and complete your own Friendship Card. You’ll also have a chance to tell us all about your own friends – and, if you’re lucky, Jenny might even draw a picture of them for you!
Lauren Ace is from South Wales, studied Drama at the University of Exeter and now lives in London, where she has worked in publishing for over a decade. An award-winning publicist, Lauren looked after Julia Donaldson during her tenure as Children’s Laureate. In 2019, Lauren won the Illustrated Book category of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize with her book The Girls, illustrated by Jenny Løvlie.
Jenny Løvlie grew up in Northern Norway and studied Illustration & Animation at Kingston University in London. Her love of nature shines through in her work and she draws inspiration from the wild landscapes of Scandinavia, Nordic folklore and Scandinavian design. Jenny’s favourite things are going on adventures in her van, camping, bird-watching, cooking and reading.