Ruth Galloway

Ruth Galloway

Children's author, Illustrator
Booking enquiry
Ruth Galloway - author tools

Available for

Interview, Talk, Workshop


Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11



Book types

Fiction for children, Picture book


  • Experian (Nottingham) Book Prize: Winner 2005
  • Portsmouth Book Award: Winner 2004
  • Smiley Shark


Ruth Galloway is an award winning author and illustrator, who has worked on a wide range of children's picture books. Her books have been translated into many languages, read on children's television programmes, and are enjoyed by children all over the world.

I illustrate my picture books in acrylic paints, creating bold, brightly coloured images that bring my characters to life and are full of humour and energy.

I really love to share my books with children as well as involving them in the creation of new books and stories, pupils often get a sneaky peek at new books before they have reached the shops!

My sessions are suitable for nursery level, keystage 1 and keystage 2 children and I am CRB checked.

Storytelling (45mins-1hour); suitable: 4 - 7 yrs

I read 2 stories with the help of some of my fun and friendly puppets, and my magic drawing board. I then discuss my books with the children. There is a break for a short stretching activity and I finish by drawing different animals for the children to identify, with hilarious results. I can also create pictures for the classroom as a reminder of my visit.

Creative Writing Workshop (1-1 ½ hrs); suitable for 8 - 11 yrs 

I talk about being a writer and illustrator and explain how a picture book comes about, showing original artwork and drawings in progress. I read and analyse a story. Then I guide the children through the creation of a character and setting, to inspire them to create their own story, using various fun methods to explain concepts such as 'wow words' onomatopoeia, alliteration, rhyme, rhythm and flow. I draw the 'story mountain', and demonstrate how the children can use it to plan their very own stories.


I am flexible when it comes to timing, and happy to adapt any of my workshops to suit shorter or longer sessions or combine topics or to suit different levels and abilities, in general the practical workshops are best suited to single classes (i.e approx. 30 children)


My current  fees are based on the Society of Authors recommended rates. Please get in touch for more details.

I will need

A flipchart is required for all sessions. Please make sure this is in working order, is set up and ready, and has a proper flipchart pad, rather than loose sheets.

Book signing

I am always happy to sign (and do drawings in) my books, but no bits of paper please!
Books for the children to buy can be provided, and are priced at £6.99 each.

Previous Visits

I have visited schools all over the South East of England, and throughout the UK. Last year I was invited to schools in France, and Holland, and held workshops at West Cork Literary Festival in beautiful Southern Ireland.


I am happy to travel further afield, so that I can come and share  the amazing world of creating illustrations, characters, stories and books with children and adults.

Thank you so much for visiting our school, we all loved listening to your stories and watching you paint and draw your super illustrations. We look forward to reading your new book! Alwyn Infants, Maidenhead


I have had so many positive comments about your visit today - it has been one of the most enjoyable World Book Days I have organised. So, once again, I would like to say a big thank you to you for visiting our school and I hope we get to see you again in the future. Boundary Oak School, Fareham

Books by Ruth Galloway

I have written and illustrated a large number of books, here are some of my most popular! They are enjoyed around the world by children who love sea-creatures, sharks and silliness!


Smiley Shark

Smiley Shark may be the biggest fish in the ocean but he's also the friendliest and the funniest - and by far the smiliest. So why won't the other fish let him join in their games? Soon Smiley doesn't feel much like smiling any more. 

Smiley Shark and the Great Big Hiccup

Oh no! Smiley Shark has the biggest hiccups ever! Hic, Hic, Hicuuuuuup! Soon he is doing roly-polies with Starfish, being tickled by Octopus, and holding his breath with Pufferfish. But nothing's working! 

Fidgety Fish

Tiddler was always fidgeting. He wriggled and squiggled, until his mum told him to go out and swim till he was tired. So Tiddler swam out into the deep sea, where he met limpets and jellyfish, he went further until he reached a big, dark cave. 

Clumsy Crab

"Brightly coloured and lively illustrations abound on the pages of this amusing tale ideal for reading aloud." Nursery Education" 

Tickly Octopus

Octopus has eight twisty tentacles and he loves using them to tickle the fish. But when Octopus tickles Oyster, she drops her precious pearl and it is lost. Oh no. Will Octopus be able to get it back? 

Whale's First Song

Awaiting Publication in the UK