21st-24th February 2017
WayWord festival at Chester Town Hall
This half term I’m going back to Chester for a third go at being Festival Illustrator – I’ll be running three workshops – on paper puppets, fabric-printing and drawing games. I’ll also be loitering about between times drawing squashed children playing giant chess (the actual children aren’t squashed, but the drawings tend to be). Get details and tickets from Storyhouse or read about last year’s festival.
27th March-26th April 2017
Hilda and the Runaway Baby in Hatched! Exhibition at the Hive, Worcester
A group exhibition at the Hive library in Worcester, featuring original artwork and development work from new books by four University of Worcester Illustration tutors: Piet Grobler, Rebecca Palmer, Stephen Fowler and me. Details from the Hive.
21st October 2016
ALPHONSE, THAT IS NOT OK TO DO! at Loogabarooga Festival, Loughborough Library
Hear all about Natalie and Alphonse and make MONSTER PUPPETS at this reading and workshop for children aged 4+ at the best-named festival of them all! Details and tickets from Loogabarooga.
1st May 2016
The Girl with the Parrot on her Head, Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival, Stratford Artshouse
A reading and workshop for children aged 4+ at Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival, featuring the boy with the t-rex on his head.
30th April 2016
ALPHONSE, THAT IS NOT OK TO DO! Workshop, House of Illustration, London
Natalie and Alphonse are small monsters who like to make things, and to draw strange and exciting adventures for themselves. Alphonse also eats books. A workshop about making monster puppets and adventurous illustrations based on my second picture book: read all about the workshop here.
20th April 2016
ALPHONSE, THAT IS NOT OK TO DO! Launch party, Gosh! London
A party to celebrate my new book, complete with baking by Emily Wilkinson (of the wolf biscuits) at London’s best and most beautiful comic shop. Here’s a blogpost all about it.
9th April 2016
Window residency at Mainstreet Trading Company, St. Boswells
I went all the way to Scotland to paint a window and fill it with cardboard monsters Mainstreet Trading Company, a beautiful book shop in the borders. Read more in this blogpost.
13th-17th February 2016
ALPHONSE, THAT IS NOT OK TO DO!
WayWord Festival, Chester
I had the most amazing time running workshops inspired by The Girl with the Parrot on her Head at WayWord in 2015, so I was very happy to be Festival llustrator again in 2016. As well as drawing all the goings-on I did a reading and drawing event and two workshops based on ALPHONSE, THAT IS NOT OK TO DO! Read more in this blogpost.
13-15th November 2015
China Shanghai International Children’s Bookfair
The Girl with the Parrot on her Head was a finalist in the Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition and illustrations from the book featured in an exhibition at China’s children’s bookfair.
29th September 2015
The Girl with the Parrot on her Head at Henley Literary Festival
A reading and workshop for children aged 3+ as part of the Henley Literary Festival: families and children from local nurseries did some great drawing and made parrots and other beasts to live on their heads.
5th September-30th October 2015
Exhibition: prints from The Girl with the Parrot on her Head, Hornsey Library, London
Most of the original artwork for my first book was included in this exhibition in the brilliant children’s department at Hornsey Library, Crouch End. This exhibition spent the summer at Pickled Pepper Books and then travelled round the corner as it couldn’t quite bear to leave the area. The illustrations are hand-made screenprints (here’s a blog about them) of 4-9 colours; if you are interested in buying a print please get in touch.
5th June-4th September 2015
Exhibition: prints from The Girl with the Parrot on her Head, Pickled Pepper Books, London
An exhibition of the original screen-printed artwork for my first book, at Crouch End’s specialist children’s bookshop.
5th August 2015
Ladybird by Design family workshop at House of Illustration, London
This workshop I led with Becky Palmer was inspired by the Ladybird by Design exhibition at House of Illustration. We attempted to find out what kinds of Ladybird books (and 3D artefacts) ladybirds would make.
You can read about my last workshop at House of Illustration in this post I wrote for their blog.
20th-21st June 2015
I had a grand time exhibiting at the East London Comic Arts Festival with Brolly Lolly collective. We sold zines, books, badges, prints on paper, prints on t-shirts and I can’t remember what else – and we ran a free workshop entitled Masks of the Cloud Beasts.
13th June 2015
The Girl with the Parrot on her Head, Pickled Pepper Books, London
A reading and workshop for children aged 3+ as part of the Crouch End Festival: another batch of excellent head-beasts, including this very fine parrot and (as is usual in Haringey) unicorns.
30th May 2015
The Girl with the Parrot on her Head workshop, House of Illustration, London
The girl with the parrot on her head has a system for sorting things out: a box for everything from broken umbrellas to wolves. We made a new system in the form of a giant mural, animal friends to wear on our heads and cardboard beasts to take home. An afternoon of drawing, painting, making and stories for children aged 3+ and their parents/carers. Read all about it on the House of Illustration blog.
2nd May 2015
Free Comic Book Day, Gosh! London
A dead nice morning with a heap of amazing comics and picturebook makers and the splendid staff of Gosh! I got to doodle and sign books and DRAW ON THE WINDOW!
6th March 2015
World Book Day, Campsbourne School, London
Pickled Pepper arranged for me to visit Campsbourne in Haringey to join in their World Book Day celebrations. I had a great time reading The Girl with the Parrot on her Head with Reception, who were very good at spotting WOLVES and made excellent animal headbands (there are more girls with unicorns on their heads in Haringey than you might think).
14th-18th February 2015
WayWord Festival, Chester
As resident Illustrator at Chester’s Children’s festival WayWord I ran three fun workshops, read from and talked about The Girl with the Parrot on her Head, made new stories in a picturebook jam with Kate Pankhurst and did lots of drawings of the festival. I wrote about it in this blogpost.
(Photo © Mark Carline for Chester Performs)
3rd February 2015
Book launch for The Girl with the Parrot on her Head
At Daunt Books, Hampstead, with wolf biscuits by Love & Cake: read about it here.