Zehra Hicks

Children's author, Illustrator

Zehra Hicks
Booking enquiry

Available for

Commission, Interview, Talk, Workshop

Website

http://www.zehrahicks.com

Contact

zehra@zehrahicks.com 07931 520 739

Audiences

  • Adult
  • Age 16 to 18+ (College)
  • Age 5 to 7 (KS1)
  • Age 7 to 11 (KS2)

Awards

  • 'Read it Again!' Cambridgeshire Children's Picture Book Award 2012 - Shortlist
  • Heart of Hawick Children's Picture Book Award 2012 - Winner
  • Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2012 - Longlist
  • Kate Greenaway Medal 2016 - Nominated

Details

I love to encourage children’s creativity of all ages and visiting schools is one of the best parts of my job! As well as being very active in schools around World Book Day, I also run a creative after-school Illustration Club for KS2 to help children gain confidence in drawing, developing characters and developing engaging stories and comics. 

I can run workshops from Reception up to Y6, but I can also visit secondary schools, 6th Form colleges, libraries and literary festivals. I am a visiting part-time illustration tutor at Chelsea School of Art and Putney School of Art and Design on their Book Illustration courses. I'm very happy to do assemblies and talks too. I've even been on Channel 5 news to talk about the importance of reading at bedtime, so I'm certainly not phased by speaking to a crowd!

Workshops can be catered to individual class needs, usually in class-sized groups. For Reception and Y1, after reading some of my books and Q&As, we usually do a creative drawing session which helps them explore their imagination. From Y2-Y6 we can look more into character creation, planning a story using methods I use, or making a mini comic, all of which can be developed into longer stories using words and pictures if time allows. For the older classes I can also show how a book dummy is made and bring in my first sketches and show how they developed into published stories so they can see and understand the process.

"Zehra came to Horsham to work with a group of thirty able writers from local schools. The children were fascinated by the process of producing a picture book story for younger children. Zehra’s ideas and drawings were an inspiration to them. They planned, and started to create, their own picture books, which they were keen to take home to finish. I would thoroughly recommend a visit from Zehra."
Vee Willis, North Heath School, Horsham

“Our children enjoyed planning stories with Zehra and it lead to the children enthusiastically writing their own stories. Some of our reluctant boy writers were most inspired as they were enthused by the idea of planning their work through drawings.”
Maureen Basford, Abbots Ripton Primary School


“Zehra delighted the pupils in Reception, Year 1 and 2 with her wonderful illustrations, fantastic stories and inspirational ideas to get them started on writing their own stories.”
Anisa Lewis, Surbiton High Boys’ Preparatory School

"Year 1 loved Zehra's books and the classes had lots of questions to ask her about how she wrote and illustrated her stories. Her enthusiastic manner inspired the children to develop their own ideas and they learnt about the importance of drafting in the process of authorship. An exciting and valuable learning experience!"
Helen Vidal, Stamford Green Primary School

I live just outside London in Epsom in Surrey, and I'd be happy to do events in and around London and the South East. I am also very happy to do signings either over lunch or after the event. For further information including my fees, please email me above.

Books

978-1509814176

Giraffe and Frog

A bold, funny book about friendship and (not) listening.
978-1447286653

Flying Lemurs

A funny, reassuring story about overcoming fears and discovering hidden talents.
978-1447279624

All Mine!

With striking artwork and hilarious slapstick humour, this delicious comic caper will delight children and parents alike.
978-0230748415

The Boy Who Hated Toothbrushes

A minty-fresh and funny book, guaranteed to give readers a naturally sparkling smile!
0230748589

The Girl Who Loved Wellies

A puddle-jumpingly funny book!

Keywords

AUTHOR BOOK DUMMY BOOK WEEK CHILDREN CREATING CHARACTERS DENTAL HYGIENE DESIGN DRAWING HUMOUR ILLUSTRATOR INK DRAWINGS PICTURE BOOKS STORYBOARDING WORKSHOPS WORLD BOOK DAY