I am available for talks, panels and workshops on and around the subjects of illustration and being an illustrator, or story in comic strips and graphic novels. I have presented these at literary festivals big and small (including Hay, Cheltenham, Bath and Edinburgh), as well as local libraries and schools for a variety of ages (from nursery to adult). I've also been a guest at comics festivals in France, Germany, Austria, Denmark and the Netherlands.
My talks can be designed to fill half an hour to an hour and a half (usually an hour) and can focus on subjects such as illustration as a career, the history of comics and/or making a comic. They can be fine-tuned for a variety of audiences and age groups.
I will usually require a laptop with PowerPoint, plus a projector and screen.
With workshops I tend to focus on using drawing for storytelling, including creating characters and tips and tricks for making good comics (facial expressions, writing with pictures and drawing a script).
Workshops can be tailored for the specific event - for instance I helped four classes at one school create their own Olympic Superheroes and villains for the London 2012 Games - it was manic, creative, and enormous fun.
Workshops can last from 40 minutes to an hour (sometimes longer), and I'd require a flip chart with pad and markers, plus paper and pens/pencils for the workshoppers.
I follow a fee structure advised by the Society of Authors (actually a little lower): the first hour is £150 (talks) or £200 (workshops), then £50 for subsequent hours, up to a maximum of £400. If I'm required to travel some distance outside of my local area then travel expenses would be requested too.
Remember events can take quite a bit of preparation before the day, so please bear that in mind in relation to the fee and booking in good time.