Type of Artist:
Highly interactive workshops embracing cartooning, character design and creative writing.
The sessions are very adaptable and we are happy to tailor to your requirements encompassing more readings, Q & A etc.
DetailsPreferred age range:
Primary and Secondary
No of sessions per day:
Maximum of 3 full length sessions, but can do more shorter.
Preferably 2 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon.
Happy to consider other combinations.
Preferably 45-60 minutes.
Areas prepared to travel to:
Generally prepared to travel to anywhereas long as all expenses are met.
Public transport whenever possible but can drive at 42p per mile.
Please email us for details
Knife and Packer website
Badly Drawn Beth, Orchard Books, Hachette
Fleabag Monkeyface, Walker Books
We had the pleasure of an author visit from Knife and Packer on Monday. They had the children glued to their seats as they created, in front of them, a whole new set of characters who the children had suggested.
Talk about being creative! These two author/illustrators inspired the children to then go off and write their own versions of 'Badly Drawn Beth' based on the characters that had unfolded in front of them. It was clever, witty and most of all lots of fun!. I can't thank you both enough.
Michelle Thomas, Executive Headteacher
The wonderful Duncan McCoshan and Jem Packer (a.k.a. Knife and Packer) kept a room full of children spell-bound at Cambridge Literary Festival with drawing demonstrations and readings from their hilarious series of children's books, Badly Drawn Beth; which combine the madcap adventures of its feisty heroine with equally riotous (and very well drawn!) illustrations.
The pair are a brilliant double-act, encouraging even the shyest of children to get involved, ask questions, and get working on drawings of their own. It was a pleasure to have them at the Festival, and fascinating to watch the ease with which they allowed the creativity of their young audience members to flourish. This was a greatly enjoyable event, which I would highly recommend!
Emma Hewitt, Cambridge Literary Festival
We were delighted to have Knife and Packer attend our recent 'Wee Write' book festival, where they entertained a family audience with their quirky and high energy talk.
Children were inspired and keen to make up their own and loved watching live illustration to boot. A great duo!
Margaret Houston, Principal Librarian, Glasgow
Knife and Packer delivered a great session at the National Portrait Gallery for World Book Day 2016. They were professional and flexible in adapting their ‘Badly Drawn Beth’ workshop content to the fit the needs of the Gallery Collection. Their drawing session in the lecture theatre for 90 x Y5 / Y6 pupils was fast paced, humorous, creative, engaging and highly interactive.
They managed the large numbers of pupils extremely well and sparked their imaginations ready for the pupils' structured self-guided drawing visit of the Gallery afterwards.
I would highly recommend Knife and Packers creativity and professionalism in working with the young audience whilst ensuring that the visiting teachers were pleased with the rigour of the material used in promoting creative literacy through drawing.
Pippa Couch, Schools Programme Manger, National Portrait Gallery
Knife and Packer's Amazon site