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My name is Samantha van Riet. I’m an experienced and versatile illustrator and author of books for children, living in Paarl near Cape Town in South Africa.

I’ve been working in the field of children’s books for over twenty years, employing traditional and digital media on national and international projects. Recent collaborations include South African, American, British and Swedish clients. Through pictures and stories I try to inspire children – and adults - to see the joy and wonder in the world.

Several of my poems were published in the poetry anthology RympiesvirPikkiesenPeuters and I am the author (and illustrator) of one bestselling non-fiction gardening title for children,Roots, Shoots and Muddy Boots. My recent projects include illustrating the poetry and story collection What I Did on My Holiday (published in the UK by Caboodle Books), the Book Dash publication Grandpa Farouk’s Garden and Stories vir Pikkies en Peuters (Tafelberg Books), which was shortlisted for the Naspers MER Media 24 Award. I am a former winner of the ATKV Veertjie Award for children’s books. My picture book, The Great Adventure, will be published by Penguin Random House in 2020.

I also run online illustration courses and workshops for adults and children at Story Soup Store. I have been one of the principle organisers of the Ubuntu storytelling project, involving storytellers from across South Africa, run by the award-winning UK author Alan Durant in conjunction with PRAESA.

Course 1 runs in 5 modules over 10 weeks and covers developing characters: continuity, emotion and gesture, and finding your style.

Course 2 covers building the environment of your story, planning the dummy book and contacting publishers. More information on how it works on my courses page.


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