About Events

Hannah’s usual primary school or library workshop event lasts 45 mins – 1 hour and is suitable for ages KS1 & 2 or ages 4-11. It involves live drawing, stories and discussions on one or two of her books (selected with age group and audience in mind). She will demonstrate how she creates her illustrations and what inspires her, encouraging enthusiastic questions and answers. The last 20- 25 mins of the session is a character based illustration/ literacy workshop which can be continued or expanded in class. The subject of the workshop depends on the focus of the front led session. Hannah will send copies worksheets in advance.

Hannah can extend this workshop to a half day session with one group, this involves further exploration into the characters they have invented, writing story ideas and illustrating a page or cover for a story. This longer session generally suits KS2 – KS3 (or ages 8-14). The aim is to get everyone drawing and brainstorming.

For Festivals or non-educational events, Hannah will usually do a themed workshop around a new book. This can include fun craft activites, games and stories.

For secondary schools, colleges and adult workshops she can tailor the sessions above to suit the age / ability of the audience. This can range from a shorter talk and presentation to a whole day workshop. These events can focus on the finer details of making a picture book, the processes that lead to publication as well as advice on writing styles and illustration techniques. Hannah can also take part in set projects, she has experience of teaching illustration up to degree level.

For Skype based talks, please enquire via email to discuss what is possible.

The main aim of a visit is to provide insight, entertainment and encourage reading as well as imaginative, creative drawing and writing.

Hannah recommends a signing as part of her visit and is always happy to find time to sign books at the end of a session. To find out more about ordering books, please read the information guide.

Information Guide here to find out more.

Hannah is happy to travel to day events within a 2 hr drive from Gloucestershire but will charge more for venues more than 1hr 30 mins travel away.

For further info see: www.contactanauthor.co.uk

email hannah@hannahshawillustrator.co.uk to make an enquiry.

Please be aware that Hannah often has book deadlines and may be unable to do visits during some weeks.


“It is always a pleasure to work with Hannah in school. Her workshops are inspiring and exciting, offering both practical writing and illustration advice for students and the opportunity to gain valuable insights into the world of publishing.”

Mrs P. Bates, Library Manager
The Chase College Malvern

“Thank you ever so much for all your hard work yesterday. The children were absolutely thrilled to meet you and really enjoyed the events.”

Kate Agnew, Muswell Hill Children’s Bookshop
on behalf of Cranbrook Primary, Ilford.