25 February 2016, 17:30 - 21:30 ( Add to calendar )

Book Launch workshop & reception

You are invited to the launch of two new picture books published by Wacky Bee, written by Martin Thomas and illustrated by Ag Jatkowska.

An early evening FREE 60-minute CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP (for primary-aged children) is on offer with a taster of 'Lifted!' (the mini-musical of the books), little elephant puppet craft and book signings.

  • 5.30-6.30pm: children's workshop (limited tickets available)
The EVENING RECEPTION with have short readings from the books, and Ag Jatkowska (tbc), Sarah Lewis and Louise Jordan will be mingling with us to share their insights into the creative process of illustrating picture books, designing puppets and publishing.
  • 7.30pm: drinks reception (wine, soft drinks & nibbles)
  • 8.15pm: book readings and signing.
With a special appearance from Little Elephant (even though it's after bedtime), it's going to be a great evening and we'd love to have you there!

Registration Types

Name Price Quantity

Children's Workshop: 5.30-6.30pm (CHILD TICKET)

Tickets are available for children of primary school age with an accompanying adult (who must stay with them at all times).
Price Free Quantity None Available

Evening book launch reception: 7.30-9.30pm

Price Free Quantity None Available


Martin Thomas

Martin Thomas is a writer and public speaker with over twenty years of experience in the voluntary sector; especially charities working with children. His love for children’s literature comes from a passion for telling stories and in working with young people to help them realise their potential. He lives with his family in Oxfordshire.

Ag Jatkowska

I was born in Gdansk in Poland and grew up by the cold Baltic Sea. I still love the sound and smell of the ocean and that sense of infinity. My love of illustrating has been inspired by seeing how pictures can change the way children see things by opening up their imaginations and helping them to understand the world in which they live.

I have produced illustrations for publishers such as Usborne and Ladybird, including Usborne’s bestselling Dress the Teddy Bears sticker books. In my spare time I love long walks and I also love animals, including elephants! That’s why they seemed the obvious character choice for Wacky Bee’s two picture books My Mum is there and My Dad will do. Maybe I can’t have an elephant but I'd love to have a dog or a cat. One day I will! The Bright Agency

Sarah Lewis
Puppet maker

I create unique and personal custom puppets for fabulously original gifts and for the theatre. I delight in creating whimsical creatures and characters plucked from my imagination, but also love the process of bringing the essence and characteristics of real people to life in miniature.. or sometimes not so miniature! Having worked as a theatre designer and maker for a number of years, my work has been brought to life on the stage, and I love the idea of bringing about that same magic and fun to your own home. Create a custom gift for yourself or your favourite art lover (if you want something extra special feel free to contact me with your exact requirements), or browse my shop of ready-made creations. I work in a range of materials including wood, fabric and polymer clay, and create a variety of styles – marionette (string), rod and hand puppets.

Louise Jordan

Wacky Bee is a very small company but that doesn’t mean that our ideas are small. Far from it! We have big ideas for our books. And because we're small and independent, it means that we can put those big ideas into action in exactly the way that we want… and have a lot of fun while we’re at it. http://www.wackybeebooks.com/

The Writers’ Advice Centre for Children’s Books is a literary consultancy service offering advice and training to children’s writers. Since 1994, we have been providing new and published children’s writers with expert advice and encouragement which can hugely increase chances of publication. We work with of all types of children’s books, including picture books, fiction, non-fiction & poetry. We offer detailed manuscript assessments – by email or post, via our dedicated telephone advice line, or at face-to-face editorial meetings. We also offer home study courses and writers’ workshops. http://www.writersadvice.co.uk/