Valletta 2018 is pleased to announce a hands-on interactive workshop for primary school teachers. This workshop led by international artist graphic novelist Karrie Fransman (Penguin Random House, The Guardian, and The Times) explores how visual storytelling can be used to bring stories to life in history, literature or science thus bringing creativity to the classroom.

During the 3-day workshop, teachers can discover how visual storytelling can make information exciting and engaging for school children. They will discover the history of visual storytelling from the Bayeux tapestry to digital, interactive comics. They will play games that can be used in the class room, race to construct a timeline, play with storytelling cards, spend time creating their own graphic stories, and examine how to use comics in the classroom. These skills, tools and ideas will help the teachers work even more creatively with their pupils.

The dates are 16th, 19th and 20th September 2016 and the time 8.30a.m. – 12.30p.m. The venue is:

11, Mongur Street,




For more information or to apply, email Valletta 2018 Education Co-ordinator Angele Galea, Education Co-ordinator  Valletta 2018 [email protected].

Valletta 2018 is offering these workshops as part of teachers’ inservice training.


About the artist:

Karrie Fransman is a graphic novelist and comic creator. Her comics strips and graphic stories have been published in The Guardian, The Times, Time Out, The Telegraph, The New Statesman, The Young Vic, Psychologies Magazine, The Arts Council Create Magazine and for The British Red Cross. Her graphic novel, ‘The House That Groaned’, was published by Penguin Random House’s Square Peg. It received praise from film director Nicolas Roeg and was chosen as Graphic Novel of the Month in the Observer. She developed an award winning comic, ‘Over, Under, Sideways, Down’ about an Iranian teenage refugee, for The British Red Cross, created an installation for the British Council and Southbank Centre and was commissioned to make a ‘Selves Portrait’ for an exhibition with Manchester Art Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. Her new graphic novel ‘Death of the Artist’ was published by Jonathan Cape and has been awarded a grant from the Arts Council England. It won an award for ‘Best Graphic Novel of 2015’ from Broken Frontier and was chosen as one of The Observer’s best graphic novels of 2015.

She has spoken and run workshops for The Guardian Masterclasses, TEDx, Central Saint Martins, The Hay Festival, The British Council, The Big Draw, House of Illustration, Institute Francais, London College of Communications, ARVON, The Free Word Centre, Scottish PEN, Latitude Festival, The Institute of Contemporary Arts and the British Library, and presented her work in Spain, Belgium, Ireland, Russia, Bangladesh, Croatia, Corsica, Finland, Lebanon, France and Mexico. You can follow her on Twitter @KarrieFransman or find more of her work at


Related Links about the artist

The artist at home

Examples of work

TEDx Comic Talk