In Conversation with Chris Haughton

September 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The process of creating and publishing masterful picture books. Book below or via our Eventbrite.

Chris Haughton is an internationally renowned Designer and Illustrator, best known for authoring award-winning children’s picture books such as A Bit Lost, Oh No George!, SHH! We have a plan, among other loved titles.

In celebration of his new book, Maybe… (published by Walker Books), the AOI is proud to welcome Chris for an insightful and inspiring online event.

Joined by Walker Books’ Picture Book Publisher, Deirdre McDermott, and chaired by AOI Membership Director Rachel Hill, the conversation will delve deep into the evolution of Chris’ career so far, the important relationship between Art Director and illustrator, the process of his new book Maybe…, and much more. The talk will be followed by a Q&A where we’ll take questions from the audience.

This event will be hosted on Demio. Once your ticket is booked look for your Confirmation e-mail; this will have further instructions of how to register and receive your unique link to attend the session (there is no need to sign up for a trial or an account)

All participants will instantly receive an exclusive 15% discount to signed printed copies of Maybe…, which will also include a limited edition print.


Chris Haughton is the creator of many acclaimed picture books including A Bit Lost; Oh No George!; SHH! We have a plan; Goodnight Everyone; and Dont worry, Little Crab. He has taught many courses in design and illustration around the world, and in 2007 he was named one of Time magazine’s DESIGN 100 for his work for Fair Trade and People Tree. Originally from Dublin, Chris Haughton now lives in London. Find him online on his website or Instagram.

Deirdre McDermott is the Publisher and Art Director of the picture book list at Walker Books. Founder of the Sebastian Walker Award, she has also worked with many of the most beloved Children’s Book illustrators including Anita Jeram, Bob Graham, John Burningham, and Helen Oxenbury, as well as discovering picture book talent such as Birgitta Sif, Flavia Z. Drago, and of course, Chris Haughton. Deirdre is also a Board Member of the AOI.

The AOI implements the principle of inclusivity and doesn’t wish to turn away participants for lack of funds. If you are interested in taking part but are financially limited, we have a limited number of free bursary places we’d like to offer to those who need it most. E-mail us at [email protected] to be considered. Please note that we will consider and review each case individually.

This event is presented by the AOI in partnership with Walker Books, and with thanks to West End Lane bookshop.



September 2
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
£7.00 - £10.00