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Anglia Ruskin University

“Children need to hear authentic, diverse voices in storytelling. Today’s publishing industry has recognised this need and is actively seeking out creators it has overlooked in the past. We’re so excited for Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University to be able to take part in this innovative initiative that will equip creators—whose voices might otherwise have gone unheard—with the tools to bring their stories to life.”


Meet the Anglia Ruskin University team involved with Pathways.

Shelley Jackson

Course Leader, MA Children's Book Illustration

Shelley is an illustrator, author, and designer with a focus on picture books. An arts educator for over twenty years, Shelley has taught in higher education since 2010. Her research has centred on the element of time, the asynchronous collaboration between author and illustrator, and rhythmic syncopation (the relationship between words and pictures). She has been a leader in the children’s book community, including having served as regional advisor of the Austin, Texas chapter of Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. Her children’s picturebooks have been honoured with awards including a non-fiction research grant from the SCBWI, ForeWord magazine’s Gold Medal for Juvenile Non-fiction, and Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year.

Viola Wang

Lecturer, MA Children's Book Illustration

Viola was born and raised in Beijing, China. After completing her first degree in oil painting, she moved to London. During her ten years here, she has studied further degrees and worked as a Graphic Designer. Viola recently completed the Children’s Book Illustration MA at Cambridge School of Art, before going on to win the Sebastian Walker Award, and is now very excited to begin her new career as a children’s book Author/ Illustrator. She loves the multicultural environment in London and is fascinated by the people she meets here, to the point where diversity and equality have become her main focus – understanding where we come from and learning about other cultures.