Illustrator in Residence

Illustrator in Residence
A hugely popular illustrator and author of children’s picture books, Kristina Stephenson is well-known for her character Sir Charlie Stinky Socks, who turns 10 this year. As 2017 Illustrator in Residence, she brings illustrators and writers together to celebrate the joys of reading with, and to, young people. Stephenson trained as a theatre designer before moving into children’s TV and brings her love of performance and an innate understanding of what appeals to young audiences to her events, which include a free drop-in Big Draw with Vivian French to dramatize and perform one of her picture books, and bringing Sir Charlie to life in her own musical show using songs, costumes and puppets.

Kristina Stephenson's Big Draw

All Ages

Friday 18 August 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Help our 2017 Illustrator in Residence Kristina Stephenson create a work of art worthy of Sir Charlie Stinky Socks on his 10th anniversary. Cut, paste, colour and draw to make a medieval mural telling the story of all of Sir Charlie’s exciting quests.

Curtains Up with Vivian French & Kristina Stephenson

Age 7-10

Saturday 19 August 10:00am - 12:00pm

Bestselling author-illustrator Kristina Stephenson and writer and former actor Vivian French love to tell stories by dramatising them. Today they offer you the opportunity to help devise a play – complete with props and music – based on Kristina’s...

Kristina Stephenson: Sir Charlie Stinky Socks is 10

Age 4-7

Sunday 20 August 10:00am - 11:00am

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks returns for another fantastic adventure on his 10th anniversary! By the light of a silvery moon, joined by his faithful friends, he is heading for Thunder Mountain. His mission? To find a dinosaur. Kristina Stephenson, brave...