Thomas Docherty

Children's author, Author/Illustrator

Available for:
After dinner speaking



The Snatchabook (written by Thomas's wife Helen) was shortlisted for the Book Trust Best Book Award 2014.

Thomas's second book, Little Boat, was shortlisted for the highly prestigious Katie Greenaway Medal in 2009.

He has also been nominated for many other awards, including:

To the Beach being short-listed for Cambridgeshire Children's Picture Book Award, the Dundee Picture Book Award and the Inspiration Book Awards 2009.

Big Scary Monster being short-listed for the 2011 Coventry Inspiration Book Awards.

Ruby Nettleship and the Ice Lolly Adventure being short-listed for the 2011 Hillingdon Picture Book of the Year Award.

Adults, 5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3), 14-16 (Key stage 4), 11-16 (Key stages 3 and 4), 6th Form and college


I do all kinds of events, but most of the work I do is with schools and I really believe an author visit can make a big impact on a child’s enthusiasm for reading and writing. My school visits are fun, educational and creative.

At school I really struggled with reading and spelling (I later found out that I am dyslexic). Now that I am a published author, I hope that my visits can encourage children to find their own way into the world of books.

A typical school day:

I like to start with a 45 minute assembly where I perform my stories using large cardboard props, live drawing and audience participation, followed by any number of writing, illustration or multidisciplinary workshops in the classroom. Both the assemblies and workshops can be tailored for different key stages and year groups.

Some of the themes I investigate through my books:

Responsibility to our environment / Diversity - ‘Ruby Nettleship and the Ice Lolly Adventure’

The importance of sharing and forgiveness – ‘The Snatchabook’

Diversity and acceptance of difference - 'Abracazebra'

Overcoming adversity / The power of stories - 'The Knight Who Wouldn't Fight'

Growing up and overcoming difficulties - ‘Little Boat’

Tolerance and acceptance – ‘The Driftwood Ball’

Bullying - ‘Big Scary Monster’

Travel and geography - ‘To the Beach’

Loyalty and friendship - ‘Wash-a-Bye Bear’

How long will a visit last?

I can do full days, half days, assemblies, talks and lectures.

What age groups can I work with?

I am happy to work with all age groups and abilities. Although I most often work with Primary children from reception - year 6 my workshops also have a lot to offer children and adults in secondary, further and higher education.

What do I need you to supply for my visit?

For the assembly I need a computer, projector and screen and flip chart. I will bring my slides on a memory stick. I am happy to talk to as many children as you can fit in your hall or classroom as long as they can all see the screen and flip chart.

For most workshops the children will need plenty of plain A4 paper and as many coloured pens, pencils and crayons as you can get your hands on. Any special materials can be organised in advance.

My fees:

Full day £450 + Travel expenses
Half day £300 + Travel expenses

Local schools discount (Swansea area): Full day £375 / Half day £250 with no travel charge.

For shorter one off events or extended projects fees are negotiable.


I am happy to travel a maximum of two hours from my home in Swansea for a full day event. Any further and I would expect some sort of accommodation to be provided the night before and event.

Improving Boys’ Literacy:

I have been involved in a number of Improving boys’ Literacy Projects over the past few years. For more details please see the ‘schools’ section of my website



The Knight Who Wouldn't Fight (isbn:9781407163482)
How do you tame a dragon? Just read him one of your favourite books! After all, who can resist a good story?
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Abracazebra (isbn:9781407145389)
Yawnalot is a sleepy old town until Abracazebra rides in on her bicycle and sets up her magic show. A story about accepting difference... and conquering jealousy. With a little bit of magic!
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The Snatchabook (isbn:9781407116549)
One dark night, all the bedtime storybooks in Burrowdown start disappearing. But who is stealing them – and why? Eliza Brown is determined to solve the mystery. Written by Helen Docherty illustrated by Thomas Docherty
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The Snorgh And The Sailor (isbn:9781407116525)
Snorghs don’t like visitors. Snorghs don’t share soup. And Snorghs most definitely don’t go on adventures. Written by Will Buckingham, illustrated by Thomas Docherty
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Ruby Nettleship And The Ice Lolly Adventure (isbn:9781848774094)
In the park by Ruby's house, there was an old falling-apart playground. But one hot summer's day, that was all about to change... Written and illustrated by Thomas Docherty
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Big Scary Monster (isbn:9781848770331)
On top of a mountain, not very far from here there lived a Big Scary Monster... Written and illustrated by Thomas Docherty
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Little Boat (isbn:9781840118360)
A little boat, lost on the ocean, sails on through dangers and adventures, with friends and foes, all the way to the edge of the world. Written and illustrated by Thomas Docherty
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To The Beach (isbn:9781840111484)
I’m going to the Beach. I’ve got my goggles and snorkel, my bucket and my spade, my trunks, my flippers and my big yellow float. All I need now is… Written and illustrated by Thomas Docherty
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Book Type:
Fiction for children (any age), Picture books, Fiction 5-9

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