Cathy Brett’s talks and workshops combine talking, writing, drawing… and lots of fun inspired by the themes of her illustrated YA novels - ‘superhero powers’, ‘ghosts and monsters’, ‘drawings that come true’, ‘texting teenagers 100 years ago’.
Cathy is an illustrator who also writes, which isn’t unusual in children’s books but, until recently, has been quite a novelty in young adult fiction. Type of Artist: Author
Her talks and workshops are crammed full of creativity. As a successful artist, designer, writer and teacher, she knows exactly how creativity works and how to inspire it in young people.
Naturally, she’s passionate about books and reading for pleasure, but also about storytelling through art, illustration, animation and interactive platforms.
Her previous career in the design industry opens doors on an exciting world of creative possibilities for pupils and encourages them to explore their ideas and imaginations through a range of media.
DetailsPreferred age range:
No of sessions per day:
Up to four is great
Minimum 60 mins per session (plus signing).
Ideally 90 mins+ for workshops.
Areas prepared to travel to:
I live in Surrey and prefer to travel no further than is manageable in one day, i.e. London and the South East.
Venues outside this area considered if overnight expenses are met.
Train and taxi or car (45p per mile).
Please email us for details
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Cathy Brett's website
'Electrigirl’ (with Jo Cotterill)
‘Electrigirl and the Deadly Swarm’ (with Jo Cotterill)
‘Everything Is Fine (And Other Lies I Tell Myself)’
“The workshop unleashed their creativity and, in some cases, transformed their views of books and reading.”
Anne Hughes, English Teacher, The Howard of Effingham School
"Cathy's visit was a real highlight for the students… Cathy provided inspiration for budding artists and illustrators, writers and graphic designers - all in one friendly package!"
Katie Hill, Librarian, Oakwood School
"Cathy Brett is a fabulous speaker, vibrant and full of energy. It is apparent that Cathy likes and understands teenagers and consequently students are intrigued by her illustrations and her colourful stories."
Davida Hall, LRC, Priory CofE School
"Cathy's talks and workshop events for WORDfest in schools, our local library and also in-store for Waterstone's have always been excellent… It's thoroughly enjoyable hearing about her previous illustration work and most importantly how she develops her book characters… so vividly does she bring them to life.”
Jo Harrison, WORDfest, Crawley
Cathy Brett's Amazon page