Speaking and Events

I speak at book festivals, visit schools and run workshops for adults or children. For enquiries, please get in touch. Exciting news: I will be making some free resources for teachers. Sign up for my schools newsletter at the bottom of this page.

Past Events

I have visited many, many schools and libraries all over the UK and abroad. I won't list them all here, but you can read some reviews here. Below are some of the other events I have done:

I will be doing a How to Hide a Lion event for families at The Globe Theatre - 28th July 2019

Picture Hooks Mentoring Scheme 2019 - I am mentoring Chie Hosaka and we will be doing events at The National gallery of Scotland later in 2019

The Durham Book Festival 2019

Fall into Books Festival 2018

Kindle Curiosity Podcast

The Nuts and Bolts Picture Book Conference - Cambridge School of Art, Saturday 28th July 2018.

The National Gallery of Scotland - lecture and picture book making workshop for adults 2017

Picture Hooks Mentoring Scheme - mentored a recent graduate Kirsti Beautyman for a year. She won the 'Picture Hooks Illustrator of the Year' 2017

Hashtag Authentic Podcast - chatted to Sara Tasker (instagram's Me-&-Orla) on her brilliant podcast 2017

The Alnwick Playhouse - event for children, followed by making a How to Hide a Lion window display 2017

The Story Museum - dragons exhibition 2017

Seven Stories - a number of live drawing and workshops for children, as well as painting a mural 2008 - now

Cambridge School of Art - occasional lectures and teaching on the 'Illustrating for Children MA' 2006 - now

Northern Children's Book Festival - a number of school visits 2017

Tales on Moon Lane - shop event with live drawing and painted a How to Hide a Lion at School shop window 2017

Kew Bookshop - painted shop window 2017

Cambridge School of Art Illustrating for Children Summer School - tutor and key speaker 2016 

BBC Radio Newcastle - various interviews about my books and prizes 2011- 2017

The Polka Theatre Sunday Session - live drawing event for children 2016

Hartlepool Festival of Illustration - exhibition 2016

Alligator's Mouth - painted How to Hide a Lion shop window 2016

Pickled Pepper Books - painted How to Hide a Lion shop window 2016

Tate Britain - live drawing event for children 2016

Foyles Summer of Fun - live drawing and workshop with Alex T. Smith 2016

Niddfest - live drawing event for children 2016

The Bookcase Hebden Bridge - painted How to Hide a Lion shop window 2016

Berwick Book Festival - school visits and large events in the Guildhall 2015- 2016

Edinburgh Book Festival - live drawing event for children 2015

Cheltenham Festival - have appeared at Cheltenham a few times, sometimes for large school audiences, sometmes in smaller venues 2015 - 2017

SCBWI - tutor on residential retreat (twice) 2014 and 2015

Mainstreet Trading St Boswells - painted Mimi and the Mountain Dragon shop window for Christmas 2014

Mainstreet Trading St Boswells - event with Michael Morpurgo to launch our book 2014

Hexham Book Festival - event on stage with Michael Morpurgo to launch our book 2014

Durham Book Festival - event for 500 excited school children 2014

The Association of Illustrators - various lectures over the years 2000 - 2015

The Bowes Museum - lecture for CCAD BA illustration students 2014

The Bowes Museum - exhibition of my illustration work and various workshops 2014

Spellbound - visited lots of libraries in the North East of England for the Spellbound project 2011-2013

Gallery Oldham 'In Pictures' - exhibition 2012

Hay-on-Wye Festival - live drawing event and workshop for children 2009

Aye Write Festival Glasgow - live drawing event for children 2009

Richmond Walking Festival - workshop for children 2010

Ilkley Literature Festival - live drawing event for children 2009

Blue Peter - appeared to talk about Fleabag which was up for a Blue Peter Book Award 2008

Birmingham Literature Festival - library events 2008

Putney School of Art - talk for adults about making picture book 2007

Beverley Literature Festival - I have done this festival four or five times running picturebook workshops for children 2003 - 2007