The Rock Retreat

Supporting emerging writers

Gibraltar’s ‘Rock Retreat’ is a week of creative workshops and cultural exchanges led by children’s publishing experts from 9 countries around the world.

Kusuma Trust supported the event, which took place in May 2023, by funding the schools’ outreach programme. A total of 30 writers and illustrators led workshops at 4 schools in Gibraltar, giving students insight into storytelling techniques including how characters are created.

  • 30 writers and illustrators attended the first Rock Retreat in Gibraltar in May 2022.
  • Participants came from across the globe – Barbados to Germany, Scotland to
  • Around 500 pupils – aged 6 to 16 – benefited from the Rock Retreat schools’ programme. 

A new generation of stories

As well as inspiring local students, The Rock Retreat schools’ programme gave visiting authors and artists the opportunity to meet their audience, hear their opinions and generate new story ideas for children.

A book of the work created during The Rock Retreat is available at Gibraltar’s Garrison Library.

“The grant from the Kusuma Trust Gibraltar has made it possible for The Rock Retreat to create and implement a wide-ranging schools programme. It gave young people the opportunity to meet and hear from authors and illustrators talking about their work, as well as time to be creative writing and illustrating with the guidance and support of visiting publishing authors and illustrators and editors. With the support of the grant The Rock Retreat is creating a legacy project that will enrich and enhance the lives of young people and result in their work being published alongside the adult participants.”

Eleanor Dobbs, Illustrator and Founder of the Rock Retreat

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