Click on the links for photos, drawings, videos and more!
22 Nov: London, Drawing Europe Together, live drawing event with Axel Scheffler, Tor Freeman, Marta Altes, Penny Dale, Sarah McIntyre, translator Sarah Ardizzone, Alex Barrow from Okido magazine and Dylan Calder from Pop-Up Festival, South Ken Kids Festival, Institut Français, 6pm
7-8 Nov: Liverpool Readathon with Read For Good UK and Liverpool Learning Partnership
1 Nov (Thurs): London, Drawing Europe Together panel with Axel Scheffler, Markus Weber & Sarah McIntyre, hosted by Rosie Goldsmith, Waterstones Piccadilly, 6:30pm
21 Oct: Exeter Exetreme Imagination festival: Reeve & McIntyre present The Legend of Kevin
12-14 Oct: Donegal County, Ireland, Wainfest – The Legend of Kevin, with Philip Reeve: Bundoran Community Library, Ballyshannon Community Library, Aislann Chill Chartha in Kilcar, Buncrana Community Library, Cardonagh Community Library, with David Gamble from Eason Letterkenny
5-6 Oct: Sardinia, Tuttestorie Festival – Oliver & the Seawigs, Pugs of the Frozen North (sponsored by our Italian publisher, Il Castoro)
30 Sept-1 Oct: Bath Children’s Book Fest: Bunnies vs Dinosaurs! (solo event), The Legend of Kevin with Philip Reeve
18-21 Sept: Kevin’s Northern Tour, including appearing on CBBC Newsround, filming for Blue Peter web activities, the Lancashire Fantastic Book Awards, visits with primary schools including Fulwood & Cadley, Longridge, Whitechapel, St Wilfrid’s, St Michael’s, St Mary’s, Grange Primary, Goosnargh Oliverson’s, Brabins, Barnacre and Alston Lane, Lady Barn House and Haslingden Primary. Final stop: YLG Conference in Manchester – full blog
10 Sept: Interview on Fun Kids Radio, bookshop signing tour, press launch of The Legend of Kevin at Biscuiteers
9 Sept: Gardners Trade Show with Philip Reeve, featuring The Legend of Kevin
8 Sept: London – Family launch of The Legend of Kevin at Waterstones Covent Garden
26 Aug: London – Helped judge the Costume Mas and Dutty Mas parade entries at the Notting Hill Carnival
13-14 Aug: Edinburgh International Book Festival: Picture book event featuring The New Neighbours, Double act with Philip Reeve premiering The Lengend of Kevin, full blog
7 Aug: London – Storytime and drawing at Waterstones Covent Garden, 2pm, featuring The New Neighbours and Dinosaur Firefighters
28 July, Saltash, Cornwall: Port Eliot Festival, 12-1: The Reeve & McIntyre Pugs Roadshow, 2:30-3:30: Dinosaur Firefighters!
23 June, Hull: The Big Malarkey Festival, The New Neighbours in the Big Top, 3pm
19 June: Burgess Hill, Twineham Primary School: Dinosaur Firefighters, The New Neighbours and Pugs of the Frozen North
3 June: Gloucestershire, Fairford Festival: Bunnies vs Dinosaurs!
2 June: Hay-on-Wye, Hay Festival, 10am: Bunnies vs Dinosaurs!
15 May: Weybridge, Presented Dinosaur Firefighters to St George’s Junior School
(Photo from the St George’s Junior School blog)
14 May: London, British Book Awards: presented the inaugural Illustrator of the Year award to Axel Scheffler
5 May: London, Gosh Comics family day, featuring The New Neighbours, Dinosaur Firefighters
26-27 April: Geneva, Collège du Léman international school visit
21-22 April: Isle of Man, Cyclefest events
13 April (Fri): Cambridge Literary Festival, The New Neighbours, 1.30pm-2.30pm
11 April (Wed): Abbey Wood, London: Bog Eyed Books Festival 11am-3pm
8 March: Twickenham Newland House School visit
7 March (Wed): Richmond, The New Neighbours at the Alligator’s Mouth, 4pm
1 March (Thurs): WORLD BOOK DAY: Malvern, Wales, Great Malvern Primary School with Philip Reeve
26 Feb (Mon): London, Princess Frederica School visit for World Book Day week
25 Jan: London, TEDx talk, Royal Society for TEDxWhitehall
18 Jan: London, Laugh Out Loud Book Awards with Alan MacDonald and The Prince of Pants
10 Jan: London, Chestnuts Primary School with Alan MacDonald (with Scholastic UK and the Laugh Out Loud Book Awards)
Photo by Manuel Harlan, Old Vic – more photos here
20 Nov: Hove, The Book Nook, 4pm: Book signing with Philip Reeve and a chance to meet the cast from his Ministry of Biscuits running in December at Brighton’s Lantern Theatre.
10 Nov: Sheffield Children’s Book Awards ceremony (The Prince of Pants and Jinks & O’Hare Funfair Repair shortlisted)
24 Oct: Hillingdon Culture Bite, Ruislip, Pug-a-Doodle-Do! stage event with Philip Reeve
13 & 14 Oct: Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, visited Alexandra College (Pug-a-Doodle-Do! event with Philip Reeve), helped Sarah Webb open the I am Dun Laoghaire exhibition at the LexIcon, Pug-a-Doodle-Do stage event with Philip Reeve for the LexIcon Family Day
11 Oct: Liverpool Readathon: two stage events (Shark-themed) at Liverpool Central Library, visited Springwood Heath Primary Breakfast Club, Pugs of the Frozen North event at St Gregory’s Primary. Visited as a Read for Good Ambassador, supporting the city-wide initiative involving 20,000 children raising money to buy books for children in Alder Hey hospital, partnering with Liverpool Learning Partnerships. (Find out how your school can get involved in a Readathon on the Read for Good website!)
8 Oct: Henley Lit Fest, Pug-a-Doodle-Do! with Philip Reeve, public stage event
7 Oct: Cheltenham Lit Fest, Jinks & O’Hare Funfair Repair public event and schools event with Philip Reeve, visit to Cheltenham Ladies College
9 Sept: London: Pug Party! Launch of Pug-a-Doodle-Do! at Tales on Moon Lane with special guest pug BENNY BEAN
26-27 Aug: Edinburgh: Edinburgh International Book Festival, The Prince of Pants, Jinks & O’Hare Funfair Repair with Philip Reeve
22-25 June: Seldovia, Alaska, joint headline artist with local artist Valisa Higman for the arts section of the Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival
15 June: Derby, Derby Lit Fest, ‘Meet the Authors’ schools event with Philip Reeve, featuring Jinks & O’Hare Funfair Repair
3 June: Fairford, Gloucestershire, Fairford Festival of Fiction – solo family event featuring Oliver and the Seawigs and There’s a Shark in the Bath
Photo by Paul Masso
29-30 May: Hay-on-Wye: Hay Festival
10am: Design Unicorn Island, with BookTrust, Make & Take Tent
2:30pm: The Prince of Pants
1pm: Jinks & O’Hare Funfair Repair, with Philip Reeve
4pm: Draw the Ultimate Unicorn, with BookTrust
22 May: London: Helped launch the Daunt Books children’s short story anthology with Jim Field at Burgh House
13 May: London: Barnes Kids Lit Fest, presenting The Prince of Pants with Alan MacDonald
30 April: Stratford-upon-Avon, Guest Director of Stratford Literary Festival
Jinks & O’Hare Funfair Repair with Philip Reeve
The Big Draw Challenge with Philip Reeve, Martin Brown, Jonny Duddle & Rob Biddulph, chaired by festival Director Annie Ashworth
28 Feb, 29 March: Stratford-upon-Avon: Visits to Wolverton Primary and Hampton Lucy primary schools for Stratford Lit Fest’s ‘My Author Project’, as festival Guest Director (photos from Wolverton, photos from Hampton Lucy) Visited each school and introduced them to Jinks & O’Hare Funfair Repair, then returned a month later to see the work they’d created, inspired by the books and my previous visit.
24 – 25 March: Dun Laoghaire, Ireland: Mountains to Sea festival
8-11 March: Dubai, Emirates Festival of Literature
World Book Day: Abingdon, Oxfordshire: School visit to Chandlings School with Philip Reeve
Publication of our picture book with Emirates Airlines, Monkey on a Plane!. Read our book online here!
28 Feb: Stratford-upon-Avon: School visits as festival Guest Director for Stratford Lit Fest, as part of the My Author programme: Hampton Lucy Primary School, Wolverton Primary School
19 Feb (Sun): London: Imagine Festival, Pictures Mean Business, with Stephen Collins, Katherina Manolessou & David O’Connell: Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall
November: judging the Blue Peter Book Awards
27 Oct – 6 N: NORWAY – Pugs of the Frozen North!
28 Oct (Fri): Nedstrand barne-og undomsskole, Straumen barneskole
29 Oct (Sat): Read my blog for bLEST Litteraturfest
11:15 – Joint public drawing event with illustrator Bjørn Ouslander at Aksal Library
12 noon – Monster drawing workshop!
31 Oct (Mon) Ådland skole, Skudeneshavn skole
1 Nov (Tues) Norheim skole, Mykje skole
2 Nov (Wed) Vedavågen skole, Sevland skole
4 Nov (Fri) Sørhaland privatskole, Håvik skole
5 Nov (Sat) Kopervik: OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: Monster drawing workshop for Kopervik kulturhus Open Day, between 11-1pm
24 Oct: Loughborough: Jinks & O’Hare Funfair Repair with Philip Reeve at Loogabarooga Festival
21 Oct: London: Emirates Flight Time Stories Blogger Event with Philip Reeve at Maggie & Rose’s
16 Oct: Totnes: Jinks & O’Hare Funfair Repair with Philip Reeve at Turn the Page Children’s Book Festival
5 Oct: London: Co-hosted House of Illustration Sketchmeet with Michael Czerwinski
4 Oct: Richmond: The Prince of Pants storytime and drawing with Alan MacDonald at The Alligator’s Mouth bookshop
3 Oct: London: Launch of The Prince of Pants with Alan MacDonald & Scholastic UK at Daunt Books Marylebone
1 Oct: Marlborough: Marlborough Lit Fest, Illustration Professional event at the White Horse Bookshop; Jinks & O’Hare Funfair Repair stage event with co-author Philip Reeve in the Town Hall.
24 Sept: London, Cartoon Museum: The Prince of Pants with Alan MacDonald & Sarah McIntyre
26 Aug: The Cornell Collective podcast with Margaret Dunlap, John Scalzi and host Paul Cornell
28 June: Down the Rabbit Hole radio show with William Grill & Booktrust, Resonance FM (listen here)
25 June: Manchester: Manchester Children’s Book Festival: Pugs of the Frozen North with Philip Reeve, plus visit with Readathon UK to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
3 June: Listowell Writers’ Week Festival, Ireland: Pugs of the Frozen North with Philip Reeve, and Dinosaur Police
9 – 13 May: Scottish Book Trust book tour: sharing illustration tips and her new book Pugs of the Frozen North with over 1,600 pupils in the Highlands.
The tour was sponsored by Scottish Friendly Assurance and organised by Scottish Book Trust. Every year schools in up to 12 local authorities in Scotland and two in England receive author visits to inspire a love of reading, writing and illustration. The tour visits both primary and secondary schools and has enthralled over 70,000 children since it began in 1998.
Monday 9 May
Mount Pleasant Primary School, Thurso
Miller Academy Primary, Caithness
Tuesday 10 May
Castletown Primary School, Thurso
Noss Primary School, Wick
Wednesday 11 May
Knockbreck, Primary School, Tain
Strathpeffer Primary School, Ross-Shire
Thursday 12 May
Teanassie Primary School, Kilmorack Beauly
Drakies Primary School, Drumossie Ave, Inverness
Friday 13 May
Crown Primary School, Inverness
Hilton Primary School, Inverness
14 April: London, Sketchbook Social for London Book & Screen Week, with Chris Riddell & Mike Medaglia, 7-10pm, Cafe 1000, 91 Brick Lane. (Read my 5 minute interview here!)
3 April: Oxford Festival of Literature: Pugs of the Frozen North with Philip Reeve at The Story Museum; Dinosaur Police at Blackwell’s Marquee
17 March: Oundle Lit Fest – Oundle School & outreach to Gladstone Primary School, with Philip Reeve
10 March – London, Pugs of the Frozen North with Reeve & McIntyre at Daunt Books Festival, Daunt Books Marylebone
7 March – Leicester Author Week, featuring Dinosaur Police
4 March – Sevenoaks, Walthamstow Hall Junior School with Philip Reeve
1 March – Thornbury, The Biggest Book Show on Earth with Philip Reeve & World Book Day UK at Castle School
11 Feb – Tonbridge, Schools at Somerhill
6 Dec (Sun) – London, Guardian masterclass: Get Started on your Children’s Book – with Laura Dockrill, Alex T Smith, Hayley Long, Steven Camden and me
30 Nov, London, Author Day, hosted by The Bookseller magazine and FutureBook. Spoke about #PicturesMeanBusiness campaign to get illustrators properly credited for their work.
21 Nov, Winchester: SCBWI Conference – keynote address and seminar with Philip Reeve
1-8 Nov, Norway, Pugs of the Frozen North and Dinosaur Police events at schools all over the island of Karmøy, for SILK book festival.
Multiple blog posts: Day 1, Days 2 & 3 (Torvasted Primary School, Avaldsnes School, Sevland School, Kvalavåg Montessori School), Day 4 (Kopervik School), Day 5 (Haugaland vocational college in Haugesund), Day 6 (Skudeneshavn Upper School, Skudeneshavn Primary School, Sørhåland Private School), Day 7 (some drawings), Day 7 (festival event).
31 Oct, London, Jampires window painting with David O’Connell at Gosh Comics in Soho.
16-18 Oct, Kendal, PUGS ROADSHOW hits the Lakes International Comic Art Festival! Events featuring Pugs of the Frozen North, Dinosaur Police and a Comic Jam.
28 Sept – 4 Oct, PUGS ROADSHOW blog part 1, part 2 – including Bath Kids Lit Fest, Cheltenham Lit Fest and visits to Simply Books, Peters Books Showroom, Earls High School, Stockport Grammar School, Greenbank Prep School, Olive Hill Primary School, Newfield Park Primary School, Butler’s Court School, Pinkwell Primary School, Buckhurst Hill Primary School and Alderton Junior School.
17 Sept, London Pug Walk!
29 Aug, London, Guardian Children’s Literature Festival – Pugs of the Frozen North with Philip Reeve
22-24 Aug, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Book Festival – Pugs of the Frozen North & Dinosaur Police events
11 Aug, Seattle, USA – Jampires storytime at University of Washington Bookstore
6 June, London, Launch of DINOSAUR POLICE! At Dulwich Books & Tales on Moon Lane bookshops
28 May, Hay-on-Wye, Hay Festival – Dinosaur Police! stage event
22-23 May, Frankfurt, Germany – International school events with Philip Reeve
13 May, London – Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators event
Savoy Tup, featuring the #PicturesMeanBusiness campaign, with The Bookseller’s Charlotte Eyre and Carnegie Chair Joy Court
3 May, Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival, Cakes in Space show with Philip Reeve
18 April, Lismore, Ireland, Towers and Tales Lismore Story Festival (Events featuring There’s a Shark in the Bath, Jampires)
18-21 March, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, Mountains to Sea Book Festival (Events with Philip Reeve featuring Cakes in Space, There’s a Shark in the Bath, and a professional panel)
9-10 March, Leicester, Leicester Author Week
5 March, The Kitschies Awards
3 March, London: The Biggest Book Show on Earth with Philip Reeve, Jacqueline Wilson, Francesca Simon, Holly Smale, Michael Rosen and Steven Butler
5 Feb, London, Society of Authors event with Philip Reeve: ‘Working Together: writer-illustrator partnerships’
Writer Philip Reeve and illustrator Sarah McIntyre talked about their collaborative partnership and how they have worked with other writers and illustrators. Do publishers help or hinder artistic relationships by keeping writers and illustrators apart? Are suggestions, from either side of the fence, ever welcome?
5 Feb, Bishop’s Stortford, Bishop’s Stortford Children’s Book Festival with Philip Reeve
15 & 16 Nov, Leeds, Thought Bubble Comics Festival: Jampires present COMICS JAMTASTIC! Ran the family activity area with my Jampires co-author David O’Connell.
1-3 Nov, Norway, school visit to the island of Utsira, mural painting
30 Oct-1 Nov, Norway, Skudeneshavn SILK Festival: School events at Grindhaug Primary School, Norheim Primary School and Skudeneshavn Primary School; Main festival event, being interviewed by journalist Rosie Goldsmith (Blog in two parts, here and here.)
28 Oct, Oxford, Story Museum: Jampires event with David O’Connell and our jam-maker, the Butch Institute
24 Oct, St Endellion, North Cornwall Book Festival: Cakes in Space event with Philip Reeve
16-19 Oct, Kendal, Lakes International Comic Art Festival: Seven of us each created a book in 24 hours! Read my 24-Hour Comic Marathon book, Scribble, here. And find out what it was like to make it here.
25-29 Sept, Isle of Man, Manx lit fest: Cakes in Space with Philip Reeve
20 Sept, Budleigh Salterton, Budleigh Salterton Lit Fest: Cakes in Space with Philip Reeve
13 Sept, London, CAKES IN SPACE launch at Daunt Books Marylebone, with Philip Reeve and Oxford University Press.
30 Aug, Kingham, JAMPIRES at The Big Feastival with David O’Connell and our jam-making partner Emma Preston-Dunlop of The Butch Institute. (Blog link coming soon.)
21-21 Aug, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Book Festival: two Cakes in Space events with Philip Reeve (one for schools, one public), Outreach visits to Kirkcaldy West Primary School, Valley Primary School and Wester Hailes Library. Summer Reading Challenge medal presentation at Leith Library, sponsored by the Reading Agency and Tesco Bank.
15 Aug, London, World Science Fiction Convention – LonCon3: Led Comics Jam session, spoke on an art panel
9-10 Aug, London, Nine Worlds Geekfest – Cakes in Space stage event with Philip Reeve, Comics Monsterclass with Philip Reeve, two panels: Food in Science Fiction, Writers & Illustrators
16 July, Exeter, Summer Reading Challenge event opening Exeter Library with Philip Reeve & the Duchess of Cornwall
12 July, London, YA Lit Con – chaired a comics panel with Emma Vieceli, Ian Edginton & Marcus Sedgwick (part of the London Film & Comic Con)
3 July London, Cakes in Space pre-launch party
28 June, Manchester, Manchester Children’s Book Festival
10 June, London, Launch of the Summer Reading Challenge at the British Library
6 June, London, Keynote address with Philip Reeve to the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education conference
28-29 May Hay-on-Wye, Hay Festival – 3 events: There’s a Shark in the Bath solo event, Comics Jam with Philip Reeve, Martin Brown & Paul Blezard, and Oliver & the Seawigs with Philip Reeve
12 April, West Sussex, FCBG Conference, Seawigs appearance with Philip Reeve
5 April, Cambridge, Cambridge Lit Fest, Oliver and the Seawigs
3 April, Hay-on-Wye, School events with Hay Primary and Clyro Primary, as part of the Comenius project between the Hay lit fest and SILK fest in Skudeneshavn, Norway
29 March, Chelmsford, Essex Book Festival, Comic Capers with Steve Cole, in collaboration with the Just Imagine story centre
22 March, Oxford, Oxford Literary Festival: Oliver and the Seawigs
16 March, London, The Big Write, Discover Children’s Story Centre. (One-hour There’s a Shark in the Bath event, followed by participation in the weekend comics festival, curated by David O’Connell
10, 12 March, Leicester, Leicester Author Week
3-9 March, Dubai, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
16 Feb, London, Oliver and the Seawigs at the Imagine Festival, Southbank centre
10 – 14 Feb, Norway, Comenius project between schools in Powys and Skudneshavn on Karmoy
4 Feb, University of Hertfordshire, Joy of Reading school events
10 Dec, London, Presented the Roald Dahl Funny Prize with fellow judges Michael Rosen, Marina Hyde, Jamie Thomson and John Kearns.
22-23 Nov, Leeds, Thought Bubble Comic Festival. Presented the Young People’s Comic Award on Friday and the British Comics Award on Saturday evening.
15 Nov, Roehampton University, spoke with Philip Reeve to the Creative Writing course, led by Ariel Kahn
25 Oct, Birmingham, Youth Libraries Group conference (blog link coming soon)
12 Oct, Cheltenham, Cheltenham Literary Festival: Oliver & the Seawigs stage event with Philip Reeve (ages 7+), Make Your Own Book comics workshop (2 hours, 8+ including adults), Make Your Own Seawig workshop (all ages)
6 Oct, Bath, Bath Festival of Literature: Oliver and the Seawigs with Philip Reeve (ages 7+)
14 – 22 Sept, London, Sequential City, part of London Design Festival: an exhibition of comics art which explore our relationships with London. Baxter and Bailey studio, 6 Hoxton Square
14 Sept, Manchester, Tots 100 Autumn Blog Summit
13 Sept, Manchester, Woman’s Hour – BBC Radio 4, 10 – 11 am
12 Sept (Thurs), Manchester, Informal Comics Jam evening, 7:30 – 9:30, The Sawyer’s Arms
4 Sept, London, LAUNCH OF OLIVER AND THE SEAWIGS with Philip Reeve & Oxford University Press
Daunt Books, 83 Marylebone High Street, W1U 4QW
25-27 Aug, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Book Festival: four events featuring Oliver and the Seawigs with Philip Reeve, and Superkid.
21 July – London, British Museum – Create a Travel Comic! Led two workshops with the team in the Samsung Digital suite, visiting the gallery for drawing and story inspiration. (link coming soon)
5 July – Seldovia, Alaska – Read my Alaska travel comic here!
Two comics workshops at Seldovia Public Library: CREATE A NEW COMICS CHARACTER! and COMICS JAM SESSION
11 June, Andover, Portway Junior School: Opened new Fiction Library and led three SUPERKID-themed school assemblies.
1 June – Hay-on-Wye, Hay Festival Superkid solo event, and the Funny Panel with Jamie Thomson, Mark Lowery & Jonathan Meres
17 -23 May, Dublin, CBI Ireland visit in partnership with Dublin Writers Festival, collaborating with Children’s Laureate na nÓg Niamh Sharkey & Hervé Tullet. Many blog posts! Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8!
4 May, Oxford, The Oxford Children’s Comic Festival, led a Comics Jam workshop and took part in a giant Comics Jam!
19-20 April, Chipping Norton, Chipping Norton Literary Festival (Chip Lit Fest) Superkid: Silliest Superheroes!
16 April, London, London Book Fair, Booktrust seminar: The New Demands on and Supporters for Writers, with Justin Somper, Liz Thomson & Stephanie Thwaites
25 March, Bologna, Italy, Bologna Book Fair – live drawing events and general swanning about
4 March, Leicester ‘Whatever it Takes’ Author Week pirate-themed event with 400 schoolchildren
26 Feb, London, IMAGINE Festival, Monsters & Goblins: family event with Philip Reeve
23 Feb (Sat), Exeter, Exeter Animation Festival. Comics Jam session, 2-4pm, Exeter Phoenix
15 Jan, Worcester Park, Green Lane Primary School Arts week. Workshops and amazing book festival – click here get ideas for how to use my books in schools!
6 Jan, When Titus Took the Train on CBeebies!
19 Nov, London, Booktrust panel – Comics: reaching the parts other literature can’t reach, with Simone Lia, Karrie Fransman, Posy Simmonds, Dave McKean, Glyn Dillon & Rian Hughes, chaired by Booktrust Comics Artist in Residence Hannah Berry and Comica’s Paul Gravett. Free Word Centre, 60 Farrindon Road, EC1R 3GA
13 Nov, London, Society of Authors: FUTURES OF PUBLISHING. Chaired event with Gary Northfield, Nana Li, Jamie Smartand Alex Milway.
19 Oct, London, Mass Lobby of Parliament for School Libraries
29 Sept, Oxford, Story Museum, 20th Birthday of the Oxford Children’s Book Group. (Have a peek at the Storyloom!)
26 Sept, London, Waterstone’s Piccadilly, Chaired an event with David Almond & Oliver Jeffers
14-16 Sept, Reading, Society of Authors CWIG Conference: Joined-up Reading.
Chaired a panel about literary festivals and gave a talk, My Love Affair with the Internet: How do you turn blogging and social media away from being a time-consuming chore into something exciting that inspires your own work? Writer and illustrator Sarah McIntyre will take you on a fun tour of her own web-based adventures and share tips on using the web to reach the wider world, build warm, real-life community and, of course, sell books.
8-9 Sept, Dún Laoghaire, Ireland, Mountains to Sea Festival
25 Aug, London, IBBY Conference. Introduced a talk by Shaun Tan
22 July, London, Discover Children’s Story Centre, Storylab Event with Philip Ardagh, introducing our online interactive story, Down the Plug Hole. Part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
17 July, London, Children’s Book Circle, Authors in the Digital Age. 6:30, Penguin offices, The Strand
2 July, London, The Sun Comes Out on Moon Lane festival, Together with David Maybury of Children’s Books Ireland, Chris Haughton, Gary Northfield, Bruce Ingman, Chris Judge, Alex Milway and 50 children, we turned Tales on Moon Lane Bookshop into a giant picture book.
30 June, London, Pop Up Festival. Curated one of the event venues, the Comics Big-Top of Awesome, bringing in Jamie Smart, Gary Northfield, Nana Li, Neill Cameron, Jamie Littler, David O’Connell, Zoom Rockman and comics delegates from Winchester House School.
June 17, London, Discover Children’s Story Centre. Launching StoryCloud online story Olympiad with story co-creator Philip Ardagh.
June 14, Coventry, Pirate event at Literally Coventry, the city’s first book festival.
June 5, Birmingham, Pirate events at Birmingham Book Bash at Aston Hall
May 26, London, Rolf Paints: The Diamond Jubilee. BBC celebrations with Rolf Harris, Anneka Rice and 59 other artists in the Vaults of the Old Vic. Aired on Jubilee Tuesday, BBC1, 6:30-7:30pm.
May 24, Oxford, Oxford Book Feast, Pirate event at the Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museum
May 22, London, Worlds of Tomorrow: the Rise of Science Fiction in Children’s & YA. Foyles Charing Cross. Hosted a panel with Philip Reeve, with guests Moira Young, Steve Cole, Kim Lakin-Smith and Jared Shurin of The Kitschies Awards. A Society of Authors event.
May 9-11, Switzerland, Geneva International School
May 7, Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival, Family Book Day
May 5, London, Free Comic Book Day at Gosh! Comics. Window painting and family drawing session
May 1, London, Camberwell Art College Alumni Illustration Day with tutor Janet Woolley
Mar 29, Northamptonshire, Winchester House School
Mar 28, Northamptonshire, Newbottle & Charlton Primary School, Culworth Primary School
March 4, London, MONSTERVILLE Final Party at Discover story centre in Stratford, draw-off with Ed Vere
Feb 27, London, Pop-Up Festival Schools Day, working with local schools in Hoxton
Feb 22, Bedford, Kempston Library Children’s Book Festival, working with local schools
Feb 18, London, IMAGINE Festival, South Bank
Jan 4 & 5, Paris, Paris Manga & Sci-Fi Show with Emma Vieceli (creator of Dragon Heir) at Aaltair book stall.
Click here to read the rest of the travel comic!
Sept 29, London, The British Library: spoke about blogging at The Bookseller Conference, ‘My Love Affair with the Internet‘.
Brighton: Took part in a panel with the Brighton Illustrators Group, also about blogging.
Sept 13, London, chaired panel with Paul Gravett: Thinking Outside the Box: new publishing opportunities in comics & graphic novels for children & young adults, a joint Society of Authors/ Comica Festival event
Sept 10, London, Lewisham Literary Festival, For Books’ Sake panel with Ellen Lindner & Karen McLeod
Sept 9, Dublin, pirate adventures with Maynooth Boys National School and St Brigid’s National School
Sept 8, Dublin, Eason’s bookshop Illustrators Evening with Oliver Jeffers & PJ Lynch
Sept 6, London, drew for charity at Klimb Children’s Illustration Auction, organised by Garry Parsons
Aug 23 & 24, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Book Festival
Aug 10, Leicester, Leicester Library events
July 4, London Pop Up Festival of Stories, Holborn library
June 4, Birmingham Birmingham Young Readers literary festival
May 30 & 31, Hay-on-Wye Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival
May 28, London, Stratford Discover Centre – MONSTERVILLE Grand Opening!
May 6, Essex Roding Primary School – Scholastic book fair and cutting the ribbon for a the new library
April 16 & 17, Portland, Oregon Stumptown Comics Festival
April 9 & 10, New York City MoCCA Comics Festival
April 3, Oxford, Oxford, Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival
March 12, London, London Comics & Small Press Expo, shared table with The Fleece Station, Goldsmith’s University, New Cross
March 5, Surrey Surrey Libraries Children’s Book Festival, Comics Jam workshop at Ewell Library and Design-Your-own-Alien workshop at Stoneleigh Library
Feb 9, Bishop’s Stortford, Bishop’s Stortford Festival of Literature, Two comics workshops and prize ceremony with Giles Andreae and Gillian Rogerson
Giles Andreae & Sarah McIntyre
Jan 28, Battersea, London, Newton Prep school, Wild Railway Adventure!
Jan 25, Chelmsford, Essex Officially opened the Just Imagine storytelling centre with writer Steve Cole and led a joint workshop, Make-a-Monster Mega-Challenge! Write-up and photos here
Nov 26, London Drayton Park School, Islington, Monster comic book workshop
Nov 23, Sheffield Accepted Best Picture Book and Best Overall Book awards at the Sheffield Children’s Book Award Ceremony; included library workshop.
Nov 20, Leeds, Thought Bubble comics festival
Nov 13-14, Winchester, SCBWI Winter Conference, panel talks
Nov 10, London, Thornhill Primary School, Islington Monster comic book workshop
Nov 6, Oxford, Oxford Children’s Book Group open conference, Oxford University Press: Presentation with writer/illustrator Layn Marlow on Hopping the Gap Between Words and Pictures. Other speakers included writers Philip Pullman & Mary Hoffman.
Oct 29-31 London ExCel Centre, MCM Expo
Fleece Station booth, plus Sat, 30 Oct: DFC Library drawing battle! Contestants: the Etherington Brothers (Monkey Nuts), Neill Cameron (Mo-Bot High) and Sarah McIntyre (Vern and Lettuce)
Oct 25, London, Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross Road, Fearfest, Kids made monsters!
Oct 23, London, Crystal Palace Children’s Book Festival
Story and drawing fun with the illustrator of Morris the Mankiest Monster and You Can’t Eat a Princess!. For ages 4+ Organised by Alex Milway
Oct 21, London, Stitch-a-Sheep Vern and Lettuce launch party!!!
Oct 17, Cheltenham, The Times Cheltenham Festival of Literature
Aliens and Monsters! Queen’s Hotel, 11:30-12:15, ages 4-7
Sarah McIntyre loves monsters and aliens — they feature in many of her books such as Morris the Mankiest Monster and You Can’t Eat a Princess. Listen to stories, join in the action and make your own monster to take home! Come dressed as an alien or monster, too!
Make a Comic with Sarah McIntyre Queen’s Hotel, 2-4pm, ages 7-11
Bring your own pen and a lot of gusto for this action-packed comic book making workshop with Sarah McIntyre, the inventor of the Pickle Rye world, home to Lettuce the rabbit and Vern the sheep. Her artwork is laced with silliness and humour; no wonder she’s one of the original Fleece Station artists, a collective whose grand title derives from their love of drawing… sheep!
Festival’s featured BookIt! illustrator, poster design
Oct 16, Birmingham British International Comics Show, guest: signing Vern and Lettuce
Oct 12-14, Ireland Comics workshops with studio mate Gary Northfield in conjunction with Children’s Books Ireland. Visited Ceibridge, Maynooth, Leixlip, Naas, Newbridge, Athy, Trim, and Dunshauglin libraries. Appeared on Elev8 (RTE2’s show for young people) in a live half-hour slot.
Oct 8, London James Allen’s Preperatory School, Dulwich
Judged the Book Week costume parade and signed copies of Vern and Lettuce
Oct 7-10, London Woolly duo Vern and Derek hit the Alexandra Palace Knitting and Stitching Show
Oct 2, Bath, Bath Kids Lit Fest, Bath Central Library
Making Friends with Aliens! Join Illustrator and comics creator Sarah McIntyre as she introduces you to her alien and monster friends in an action-packed, interactive drawing event! Come and learn Sarah’s secret tips on how to invent funny or scary characters and then make them come alive in your very own book.
Sept 24 & 25, Wigtown, southwest Scotland: Wigtown Book Festival, Vern and Lettuce comics schools events and Hungry Aliens & Manky Monsters festival event
Sept 19, London HyperComics workshop 1:30-3:30, Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park
Masked Adventures in Comics! Participants drew inspiration from the Hypercomic exhibition and Dave McKean’s masked characters to design their own story’s masked heroes and villains. Getting behind their masks to discover their characters’ unique personalities, they used the
Pump House setting to bring them to life in a gripping story. At the end,
everyone came away with their own self-published comic book! Suited to both children and adults.
(More about Hypercomics here)
Sept 1, London Church Street Library, Space Hop Summer Reading Challenge event
Aug 24-25: Edinburgh Book Festival
24th, 11:30am – 12:30pm workshop, RBS Tent, Ages 5 – 7: Monsters & Aliens Let Loose!
Tentacles! Googly Eyes! Join the illustrator of You Can’t Eat a Princess! and Morris the Mankiest Monster for character design madness.
4:30 – 5:30pm, RBS Tent, ages 5-7 Comics workshop
Programme write-up: Illustrator Sarah McIntyre is master of the Pickle Rye world, the home patch of Lettuce the rabbit and Vern the sheep. Her artwork oozes silliness and humour; no wonder she’s one of the original Fleece Station artists, a collective whose grand title derives from their love of drawing… sheep! Her work featured in The Guardian and is now published by DFC – bring your own pen and a lot of gusto for the launch of this new title.
25th, 10 – 11am, RBS Workshop Tent, ages 7-9 Comics Jam with Vern and Lettuce!
1:45-2:45pm, Craigmillar Library, Outreach event
Aug 19: London Victoria Library, Space Hop Summer Reading Challenge event
Aug 12: London Cartoon Museum – Lots of comics & photos
11-1pm (11-14 year-olds) Comics Jam Session: Meet up with other people who love making comics to take part in an interactive comics making session. Learn how creating comics collaboratively can help overcome writer’s block, inject your stories with fresh material and send your characters flying off in directions you never could have imagined. See some of Sarah’s comics jams and learn how her recent comics jam with a friend got her a book deal with a major comics publisher. Feel free to bring along your questions and your portfolio for critique and feedback.
2-4pm (8-10 year-olds) Comics Jam Session: Just like a musical jam session, comics are great fun to make together with other people. Come design characters and set them flying in directions you never could have predicted with this interactive comics game, which can be played again and again, always with new outcomes. Then pull the ideas together to make your comic, put together your own book and learn how you can self-publish it with a minimum of cost or materials.
Aug 11: Birmingham Children’s Reading Partners Roadshow
Aug 9: London Maida Vale Library, Space Hop Summer Reading Challenge event
Aug 6: London Cartoon Museum (8-10 year-olds) 11-1pm : Comics Character Design: Hungry aliens, a manky monster, and a whole host of animals who live in a city tower block have all had starred in Sarah’s books and comics. Meet some of Sarah’s characters and learn her secret tips on how to create exciting characters that will drive your story forward. Then make your own book!
2-4pm: Comics Space Odyssey: Free-form comic-making drop-in session – all ages
Aug 4: Bedford & Putnoe Space Hop library events
Aug 1: Oxford Caption Comics festival, DFC Library talk with Neill Cameron (Mo-Bot High), interviewed Darryl Cunningham (Psychiatric Tales)
July 29: London You Can’t Eat a Princess! Space Hop Summer Reading Challenge event at Paddington Children’s Library
July 20-21: Leicester You Can’t Eat a Princess! Space Hop Summer Reading Challenge events at St Barnabas, Beaumont Leys and Evington libraries. Plus a hop on Eric the Book Bus!
July 8: London Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Professional Series, talk with David Fickling. Theodore Bullfrog pub: Publisher David Fickling and Sarah revealed how they took a revolting manuscript that spent 12 years being turned down by 15 editors and refused by 10 publishers to come up with the lovable – and still absolutely disgusting – character that is Morris. As an added bonus, they also discussed the comic book they are releasing together this autumn as part of the DFC Library series, Vern and Lettuce, and explained how strong character development has been essential to making both books come alive.
May 28 & 29: London MCM Expo, ExCel Centre, sharing a table with the rest of the Fleece Station! Read about it and see nutty cosplay photos here!
April 30, May 1: Stratford-upon-Avon Hungry Aliens & Manky Monsters workshops at the Stratford-upon-Avon Festival of Literature and Bridgetown Primary School
April 24: Hatfield: UniComics festival at the University of Hertfordshire
March : Leicester schools book festival, part of the city’s £1m Whatever It Takes reading campaign to help improve achievement in schools.
Dec 12: London Reading, signing and crafts session at The Golden Treasury bookshop
Nov 21 (Saturday): Wigtown, Dumfriesshire, Box of Frogs bookshop. Photos and write-up of our ‘Make your own Monster’ session.
Nov 14 (Saturday): London Panel with Emma Vieceli and John Dunning, chaired by Ariel Kahn. British IBBY/NCRCL MA Conference on the theme GOING GRAPHIC: COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, Froebel College, Roehampton University.
Nov 7: London Camberwell arts & crafts fair at the Well Community Church hall.
Nov 6: London Little Pencil at the ICA, part of November’s Comica Festival. Children watched animations in the cinema, then spent time with me drawing along to my music playlist selection, taking inspiration from the music.
Oct 24: London MCM Expo. Costumed craziness.
Oct 17-19: Dublin Children’s Book Festival. 4 workshops: at the comics festival, Waterstone’s Jervis Street, Eason’s O’Connell Street and Central City Library. In conjunction with Irish 24 Hour Comic Day
Oct 3-4: Birmingham British International Comics Show officially launched Morris the Mankiest Monster. Sarah ran a ‘Make your own Monster’ workshop at her table and interviewed Japanese manga artist Michiru Morikawa. (Lovely review here.)
Aug 15 & 16: Caption comics festival, Oxford – Sunday the 16th, 12:30-1:30
Comics and Picture books: crossing the divide
Have the boundaries between comics and picture books shifted in recent years? Sarah McIntyre discussed exciting opportunities she has noticed in crossover works and publisher interest, exploring the potential for comics creators to tap into both industry categories to support themselves and inject their own work with fresh energy.
Also appeared on a panel with Jenni Scott and Shane Chebbo and Sean Azzopardi (
June 19: Institute of Education, University of London. Between the covers’: improving literacy through bookmaking; led a seminar with Nikki Gamble.
July 10: UK Literary Association Conference, University of Greenwich. Illustrator panel with David Roberts and Petr Horacek
April 25: The Crystal Palace Children’s Book Festival. DFC comics workshops and exhibition.
April 24: St Bride Library Conference, St Bride Library, Fleet Street, London. Talk with David Fickling,
April 4: Oxford Literary Festival, DFC panel with David Fickling, the Etherington Brothers and John Aggs
March 28: UK Web & Mini Comix Thing, London – shared a table with David O’Connell & Woodrow Phoenix
Feb 1: Alternative Press Fair, London – shared a table with David O’Connell
Jan 27: Camberwell art college two-hour MA Illustration seminar on making picture books and comics
Jan 24: Zinefest, London
23 Nov: Comica at the ICA, DFC panel
22 Nov: SCBWI conference workshop with Layn Marlow
26 Oct: London MCM Expo, DFC table
28 Sept: Bath Kids Lit Fest, DFC panel
10 Aug: Caption, Oxford, DFC panel
12 July: Cartoon Museum, DFC comics workshop