Adult Talks & Demos

What I can offer

Powerpoint Presentation
Over recent months I have been offering a Powerpoint presentation, going into a little of my own background and training at art school, followed by the detailed process of how a children’s book comes together, from the illustrator’s point of view. I have based my presentation on the development of one of my recent picture books from the initial approach by the publisher to publication.
I would also bring some of the materials I use as well as a folio containing the different stages of the process in paper form.
I offer demonstrations of some of the techniques I use when illustrating books. I use the following media: water colour inks in combination with either pencil crayon and chalks, acrylic or gouache paint.


Q & As

I am more than happy to take questions from the audience.


Other topics
I can talk about many aspects of illustration and can tailor my talk for your event if you let me know your specific requirements.


Signed books and prints
I have copies of my books and prints to sell at events. Members of the audience often want me to sign books for themselves or their loved ones.
If you would like to find out more or are interested in arranging a visit, please email me at


If possible please include the following in your enquiry

  • The name and address of your organisation – with a website link if possible.
  • The address of the venue The name and address of your organisation – with a website link if possible.
  • The address of the venue – if different from the address above.
  • The proposed date and time for your event.
  • The nature of the event you are putting on.
  • The average age of the audience.
  • The number of people likely to attend.
  • How long the event would last from my arrival to departure.
  • Particular aspects of my work that you would like covered.
  • Whether there would be a technical person present to be responsible for the equipment.
  • What you normally pay as a fee for this sort of an event.
  • Whether you would like me to bring copies of my books and prints to sign.

It would also be very helpful to hear about the equipment you will have at the venue ie:

  • Laptop with Powerpoint.
  • Projector and screen compatible with the laptop.
  • Sound system, with mic – if the size of the room warrants it.
  • Internet connection – useful for showing website.
  • I work on a desktop (not an easel), so if you would like a demonstration and the audience will be larger that ten, it would be necessary to have a camera that will project my hands as I work. However, if the group is up to ten, then people can cluster round to see.

Here are my Standard Requirements with further information including a price guide. These are also sent out once a booking is confirmed.


Many thanks ~ Amanda




Tindalls Art Shop, Cambridge 15-21 King St, Cambridge CB1 1LH: Illustration talk and demonstration.

28th November 10 am – 4 pm


St. Albans Art Society, Marlborough Pavilion, Old Oak, Cottonmill Lane, St Albans, AL1 2EF: Illustration talk and demonstration.

Wednesday 7th October 2015 7.30pm – 9.30pm

‘Many thanks for such a lively and interesting talk and demonstration last evening. Most of us knew very little about the publishing world and it was fascinating to find out about your relationships between publisher and author. We loved your techniques and uses of materials…. Your art is beautiful and I shall look out for your work. Our members expressed their enjoyment of the evening to me’

Linda Dorkings/ St. Albans Art Society


Wisbech Art Club, The Elm Centre, Elm, Wisbech, Cambs PE14 0AG: Illustration talk and demonstration.

Friday 27th February 2015 7pm – 9pm

‘We enjoyed your talk very much, everyone I have spoken to has said how interesting it was. We did not realise how much work went into illustrating a book, especially a children’s book where pictures are essential – it was a real eye opener!’
Moira Johnson/ Wisbech Art Club 




Tindalls Art Shop, Cambridge 15-21 King St, Cambridge CB1 1LH: Illustration talk and demonstration.

27th September 10 am – 4 pm


Tindalls Art Shop, Cambridge 15-21 King St, Cambridge CB1 1LH:  Illustration talk and demonstration.

3rd May


Bedford Art Society: The Illustrated Picture Book, a Powerpoint presentation and demonstration.

‘We are all still talking about your talk on Friday evening. It was very enjoyable and a real education. You were very approachable and answered our questions.’

Jean Paterson/ Bedford Art Society 

2nd May




JW3  - Jewish Community Centre, London: Children’s books editor at The Sunday Times, Nicolette Jones, interviewed the author and illustrator team Shoshana Boyd-Gelfand and Amanda Hall about how they had collaborated on The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales. See link


Tindalls Art Shop, Cambridge: The Illustrated Picture Book, a presentation.




The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival: A Powerpoint presentation by Jamila Gavin and Amanda Hall, showing how they collaborated as author and illustrator on their book Tales from India.




Cambridge Writers  Group: Amanda presented a talk to the group about illustrating books for children.


Tindalls Art Shop, Cambridge: A demonstration of some of Amanda’s illustration techniques.




Tindalls Art Shop, Cambridge: A demonstration of some of Amanda’s illustration techniques.




Linton Book Festival: Amanda presented a talk to festival-goers about illustrating books for children.