One of the UK’s leading illustrators is set to appear at a free event organised by The Northern Festival of Illustration. Former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell OBE, the Observer’s political cartoonist whose work featured in the original Harry Potter books and who created the Costa-prize winning Goth Girl series as well as the much-loved Ottoline children’s book series, will be giving a public talk at festival organiser The Northern School of Art’s Lecture Theatre in Hartlepool on Tuesday 2 July at 1.30 – 2.30 pm. Tickets have been released for the rare opportunity to see a talk by the illustrator who also used his magical illustration talents to illustrate J.K. Rowling’s gloriously inventive fairy tale collection, The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The event takes place on Tuesday 2 July 2019 from 13:30 – 14:30 in The Northern School of Art Lecture Theatre at Church Square, Hartlepool, TS24 7EX To book free tickets to attend visit All images copyright Chris Riddell. Images sourced from Google.

Illustrative Print

An exhibition of contemporary artists and Illustrators for The Northern Festival of Illustration

15 May – 29 June 2019 This exhibition looks at the dual role printmaking plays for artists/illustrators and invites a selected group of contemporary illustrators/printmakers to look at the relationship between their commissioned work and self-generated work. What is the energy and idea flow between the two strands of work, are they indeed two strands at all or meanderings along the same path? Having developed an individual style, which works represent the ‘real’ them? Each artist was asked to show work made to commission, as an illustrator, and also work in print that has been produced as part of their own enquiry or self-generated project. The exhibition presents the works alongwide an interview with each artist exploring their working methods and thought processes and the relationship between the two ways of working.

Josie Brookes
Josie is a freelance Illustrator based in Newcastle upon Tyne. She specialises in editorial illustration, with a focus on colour experimentation, collage and print making techniques. Her published work includes children’s books ‘The Flower with Feelings’,‘The Making of U’ and e-book ‘My Random Digi Life’.

Chris Daunt
Chris Daunt is an illustrator, specialising in wood engraving, wood and linocut. Based in the region, Chris works to commission as well as making his own work and also teaches wood engraving privately and in print studios. Chris is currently the chairman of the Society of Wood Engravers and also makes wood engraving blocks, supplying artists across the UK.

Sara Ogilvie
Based in the region and a prolific printmaker working in a range of traditional print processes. Her design work has been used across a range of design projects, most notably children’s books.

Alice Pattullo
Alice makes limited edition screenprints touching on folklore and traditions. Her commissioned work includes illustrations for editorial, books and products often with a culinary twist. Alice grew up in Newcastle but now lives in London

Jimmy Turrell
Based in Ouseburn with an international profile – Jimmy is a graphic artist and video director. He combines a love of handmade collage, drawing, screenprinting and painting alongside digital techniques. Jimmy has worked for a range of clients as well as producing screenprints at Northern Print.

Northern Festival of Illustration & Crossing the Tees Book Festival

Illustrator-in-residence Sara Gibbeson

The Northern Festival of Illustration is delighted to be working with illustrator Sara Gibbeson on a two-week residency as part of the Crossing the Tees Book Festival. Sara’s main role is to capture the essence of Crossing the Tees within a body of illustration work which form part of the legacy of the Festival, but she will also be running workshops and meet-the-artist activities at libraries and in schools throughout the festival period – 8 to 22 June 2019. Watch out for programme updates here and at Sara says: “I hope to capture as much as I can throughout the two weeks, from the vast Victorian buildings to the small community spaces and the expressions and experiences of the people who will come together to share, listen, meet and learn from each other during the festival. As well as attending lots of author events to immerse myself in the atmosphere, stories and themes of the talks, I will be working alongside talented poet Lisette Auton, to explore ways of bringing our words and pictures together using illustrative techniques and materials. It’s a really exciting opportunity for me to gather such a breadth of visual material and to have the freedom to experiment with a range of mediums and techniques to create a series of illustrations that will hopefully represent a flavour of the creativity and talent involved in the festival.” Sara Gibbeson ( completed an MA in Illustration and Design in 2012 an is now a freelance illustrator who has worked for a range of clients on projects including: children’s book illustration for Walker Books, concept artwork for the International Centre for Life, packaging design for North Chocolate, a fashion E-book for Caryn Franklin at Brilliant Designs, and editorial work for The Crack magazine. Her work takes inspiration from people in everyday situations, inter-generational relationships and using personal memories and uses both digital tools and traditional printing techniques. Crossing the Tees Book Festival (8th – 22nd June) returns for its sixth year in June 2019 having grown from a collaboration between Middlesbrough and Stockton library authorities to encompass the five Tees authorities of Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool, Darlington and Redcar & Cleveland. The festival is hosted in libraries across the region and includes author events, writing workshops, children’s authors, historical costume presentations, poetry, murder mystery evenings and family events.





‘60 years of Andy Capp’ will tell the story of Smythe, who was born in Hartlepool in 1917, his relationship with the town and the evolution of Andy Capp over its 60 year history. The work-shy, working class character Andy Capp was a world-wide hit and at the time of Smyth’s death in 1998 was syndicated to 1,700 newspapers in 52 different countries and read by 250 million people globally.

Opening times


Stockton Library 7th to 29th June

Alan Vest exhibition at Stockton Library

An exhibition of work by young Stockton-based illustrator Alan Vest will be showing at Stockton Library from 7th to 29th June. Alan achieved a Distinction grade at the end of his Foundation course at Cleveland College of Art & Design and went on to study Illustration for Commercial Application at CCAD, for which he was awarded a first class diploma in 2016. His illustration career started during the final year of his course, with commissions including a magazine cover for The Brussels Times, as well as his ongoing weekly illustrations for The Guardian newspaper. He is based in Stockton and his career continues to go from strength to strength. Library opening times: Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 8.30am-6pm; Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am-8pm; Saturday 9.30am-4pm. Alan will give informal talks about his work in the exhibition space at Stockton Library on Thursday 8 June at 10am and 1.30pm. For further information about Alan visit: