Illustrator Quentin Blake in conversation with Avi Shmueli

Avi Shmueli and Quentin Blake

Photo: James Royall

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Venue: The Anna Freud Centre

Date: Sunday 8 February 2009

Illustrator and author Quentin Blake talked to psychoanalyst Avi Shmueli about his unique, anarchic style, the emotional power of images in storytelling and his quest to invent new worlds.

Quentin Blake is one of the UK's best loved illustrators and children's authors. He is well known for his own works such as A Sailing Boat in the Sky and Clown as well as his collaborations with authors such as Roald Dahl and Michael Rosen. In 1988 he was awarded an OBE for services to children's literature, and was appointed as the first Children's Laureate in 1999.

Avi Shmueli initially trained a clinical psychologist before training as a psychoanalytic couple psychotherapist and then as a psychoanalyst. He works in private practice with individuals and couples, is the Head of Course for the MSc in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology at the Anna Freud Centre and Head of the Divorce and Separation Unit at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships.