Fin-tastic day of events with award winning author Nick Sharratt

 Award winning author and illustrator Nick Sharratt returns to Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books for another sell-out event.  

Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books

Saturday 29 August 2015

Seven Stories’ firm favourite Nick Sharratt returns to the North East to host a day of events at the National Centre and will also see how his distinctive illustration style helped to influence their recent refurbishment.

Nick will begin his fun packed day with a sold out workshop specifically for older children to teach them How to Draw Animals inspired by his most recent book with Jacqueline Wilson, Paws and Whiskers.  Young artists lucky enough to be booked onto the sell-out event will have unique opportunity to watch Nick demonstrate his instantly recognisable style, pick up tips on how to illustrate for children and work alongside the talented illustrator as they draw their own favourite animals. 

Visitors will then be treated to a fin-tastic family event in the Seven Stories Attic where Nick will introduce families to the third title in his hugely successful Shark in the Park trilogy and brand new collaboration with Julia Donaldson, What the Jackdaw Saw.  The bookable event, which will be interpreted by a British Sign Language signer throughout, is packed with storytelling, live drawing and gives children the chance to ask questions of the best-selling author and illustrator.   Fans of Nick Sharratt will also have an opportunity to get their books signed in the Seven Stories bookshop after his event.

Nick says, “I always love visiting Seven Stories. It's such a friendly place and all the events I've done there have been huge fun. I'm looking forward to holding my first Seven Stories drawing workshop and sharing my brand new Shark in the Park picture book and I'm really curious to see how the refurbished centre looks.”

Seven Stories’ recently refurbished Visitor Centre includes a dedicated space for under 4s dubbed the Story Station. Nick Sharratt’s lively and colourful illustration of a train from much-loved picturebook Toddle Waddle written by Julia Donaldson forms a striking focal point for the space.

Seven Stories will be host to not one but two blockbuster authors on Saturday 29 August as international best-selling author Derek Landy arrives hot on the heels of Nick Sharratt for an evening YA event at 6pm.  Derek will introduce fans to his epic new supernatural thriller Demon Road (published by HarperCollins, 27 August 2015). North East teenagers and fans of Derek Landy’s international sensation Skulduggery Pleasant, will not want to miss this chance to hear Derek talk about his novels, ask questions and find out more about this phenomenally popular author.


Media Contact:

Hannah Lambert, Programming and Marketing Assistant

Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books

30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 2PQ


Notes to Editor:

  1. Seven Stories is the National Centre for Children’s Books based in Newcastle. Their aim is to save, celebrate and share artwork and manuscripts, from first scribbles to finished books, to create their innovative programme of exhibitions and events. 
  2. There are still tickets available for Nick’s event: Shark in the Park on a Windy Day, Saturday 29 August, 2pm. Booking essential. £5 per person in addition to admission fee. Show your ticket in the Seven Stories Bookshop to redeem £5 off any of Nick’s picture books. Tickets can be purchased at
  3. Nick’s first picture book Noisy Poems was published in 1987 and he has since gone on to illustrate close to 250 books ranging from board books for babies to novels for young teenagers and written around 40 of his own books. Nick has published title after title since the late 1980s and has collaborated with countless authors including children’s literature royalty Julia Donaldson, Michael Rosen and Jeremy Strong as well as Dame Jacqueline Wilson with whom he has a long standing professional partnership dating back over twenty years. This dynamic pairing has produced some of the most well-known books for children including the Tracy Beaker series, Hetty Feather and The Illustrated Mum
  4. Nick has recently curated an exhibition Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants which showcases his creative process and celebrates his impressive back catalogue.  For more information visit
  5. National Centre for Children’s Books has a well-established relationship with Nick Sharratt whose illustrations from picture book The Foggy, Foggy Forest (Walker Books, 2010) formed the back drop for the centre’s Mixed Up Fairy Tale performances in the Attic between March 2014 and April 2015. Nick’s work also featured prominently in Seven Stories’ phenomenally popular exhibition Daydreams and Diaries, The Story of Jacqueline Wilson.