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Garen Ewing - talks and workshops

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.

Cheltenham Festival with Sarah McIntyre and John Harris Dunning
Drawing craziness at the Edinburgh Book Festival with Garen Ewing and Nick Sharratt
Leading a local library comics workshop
Signing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Signing at the Cheltenham Book Festival
Signing at the Hay Festival
Comics workshop and talk at Bag of Books in Lewes
Talkling graphic novels in Bristol
Bath Book Festival with Robin Etherington and Dave McKean
Garen interviewed for Danish television
Story workshop at a nursery
Talking books with authors at a local library

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