Fluent in French as well as English, I like bridging words and pictures, line and paint, stories and art.
Tiz & Ott’s Big Draw goes to China!
What a lovely surprise all wrapped in ribbon in the post via my agent at Hen & Ink Literary from Tate Publishing UK – the Chinese co-edition of Tiz and Ott’s Big Draw just published by Citic Press, Beijing – with a beautiful gold stamp on ‘Artistic Enlightenment Picture Book for Children’ – I feel honoured!
Institut Français, South Kensington, London
Proud to have been invited to submit an original drawing for this exhibition. Im one of 12 UK based illustrators joining an exhibition that started in Frankfurt to create a special drawing representing our thoughts about Europe. It is up on the wall of the new gallery space next to the library in the Institut Francais in London until May 11, 2018 . Here’s mine:
Fascinating to see such a variety of visions of Europe – by many artists I admire including Axel Scheffler who brought the show over from Frankfurt, Quentin Blake, Emily Gravett, Bruce Ingman, Neal Layton, Polly Dunbar, Lydia Monks, Sarah Macintyre and more.
A BIG EVENT!
Here I am in action with Tiz and Ott and a crowd of children and families in Tate Britain. Look at the lovely art works the children made – in less than an hour – in the great London art gallery!
Alt-Write, Creative Reactions to Uncertain Times I was honoured to have been invited to contribute an illustration to this book of new previously unpublished stories, poems and illustrations from leading names in the children’s book world including Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell. The past year has delivered a tumultuous series of world events that has left people reeling. Writers and artists feel a duty and to respond and interpret these events.
I adapted 4 well known fairy stories in my latest French books Les Contes à Colorier (my “Draw Along Tales“) so that children use their pencils and crayons to help the characters along their way – as well as colour them in. Published by Bayard Jeunesse.
Meanwhile, my characters, the high-energy scribbler Tiz the cat, and slow and steady Ott the donkey who paints, have been keeping me busy since Tiz and Ott’s Big Draw was published with the Tate UK and distributed by Abrams in the US.
Here’s Tiz being useful – as a 3-D pencil holder! Big thanks to the fab designer Evavooo who loved my book character and created Tiz in 3-D! If you have access to a 3-D printer you can download the 3D template and make and paint a Tiz of your very own – for free!
NOVEMBER 13 – 19, 2017
Very chuffed to be invited back to join some of the greatest authors and illustrators from both sides of the Channel at the 2017 South Ken Kids Festival. I’ll be visiting schools during the week and doing public events at the weekend including live impro drawing – see you there?
Some new work is in a juried exhibition of children’s author-illustrators including guests Leigh Hodgkinson, Tim Hopgood and Pam Smy, in PICTURES AT PLAY, the very first grand biennial illustration exhibition by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, British Isles, at the Half Moon Gallery, London. Our books and giclée prints of our exhibits will be on sale thoroughout the exhibition. On December 2, 2017, Play with pictures at PICTURES AT PLAY! Join me and other exhibitors at the Half Moon Theatre at their free Winter Arts Fair for some fun and interactive drawing events with families.
December 1, 2017
Chalice Gallery Christmas Art Exhibition in Finchley, North London. Private view 6-9pm
NOVEMBER 15 – 20, 2016
The fantabulous South Ken Kids Festival 2016 started with a tribute by Quentin Blake to his French connections in art and music. I had such fun drawing live on stage with the great artist-author Serge Bloch , and later drawing to jazz trumpet alongside the likes of Axel Sheffler, Dorothee de Monfried & Barroux.
MONDAY NOVEMBER 14
The CWISL Shoutwest Festival at London’s Brunel University
Take 90 children ages 9 – 12 from a mix of schools and mix them up with over a dozen authors and illustrators to make 90 new stories!
Saturday November 5, 12 noon
SATURDAY OCTOBER 8, 11am
FRIDAY OCTOBER 7, 10:30
Reading and drawing with Tiz & Ott’s Big Draw at a ‘Meet the Author’ morning at the historic treasure trove of children’s books, the Bank Street Bookstore, 2780 Broadway (at West 107th Street), New York, NY 10025
SATURDAY SeptEMBER 24 2:30-4pM
Saturday June 4
Bethlem Museum of the Mind, London
A family painting workshop inspired by a fascinating book on show in their current exhibition Youtopia, called the Little Traveller.
Saturday March 26, 3PM –
Here’s a short film of what we did at Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4R
TuesdaY MARCH 15
Pop Up workshops, Willam Read and Lubbins Park Schools, Canvey Island.
Campsbourne School, Alexandra Palace
Huddersfield University talk to final year illustration students.
Alexandra Infants School, Beckenham
Kew College organized by Pea Green Books
National Library Day – joining other CWISL authors at the Minet Library, Brixton
for a day of public events for children and families including a Tiz and Ott workshop at 2pm.
Join me at a free drop-in family illustration workshop at
The South London Gallery First ever Children’s Bookfair from 12:45 – 1:15
School workshops with author Addy Farmer
(Go to the Events page for more details)
South Kensington Kids Festival at the French Institute, London
Chelsea Young Writers
Culture Shot Ruislip Manor Library
Launch of Tiz & Ott’s Big Draw Tate UK – distributed in the USA by Abrams
OCTOBER 19 – 23
Pop Up Education Peterborough
The Isle of Wight Literary Festival
The Guardian Education Centre’s Cartoon & Art Family Day at Kings Place, London
JULY 22, 10-1PM
JUly 9, 10-11AM
June 11-13, 2015
JUNE 4, 2015
The official Tate launch party of Tiz & Ott’s Big Draw at the wonderful Tales on Moon Lane. Check out Ella Finch’s 1 minute film of my invitation drawn to music here
May 7, 2015
Official publication date of my next book Tiz & Ott’s Big Draw by Tate Publishing UK – hooray!
April 14 – April 15, 2015
I will be giving two holiday workshops for Chelsea Young Writers in London.
March 24 – April 1, 2015
- Tues March 24: Beijing The World of Kids Lit with Frané Lessac and Anette Øster.
- Wed March 25 10am: Beijing Storytelling through words and drawings , workshop ages 6-12.
- Thurs March 26: Beijing School visits.
- Sat March 28: 10am: Beijing Illustration workshop for adults
- Sun March 29 10am: Suzhou Encouraging Little Readers with Frané Lessac
- Sun March 29 19pm: Suzhou Final World Bookworm Festival closing party
Masterclass for the SCBWI at the House of Illustration, London