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John Chalmers

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Email metaphrog@metaphrog.com
Local authority: Glasgow City
Languages: English
John Chalmers's headshot

Metaphrog are award-winning graphic novelists Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers - multiple Eisner Awards nominees, winners of The Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards Best Visual Artist 2016, Excelsior Award Junior 2018, and SICBA Outstanding Achievement 2018. Their latest graphic novels are fairy tale adaptations The Red Shoes and Other Tales and The Little Mermaid. A third volume will be published by Papercutz in 2020.

Metaphrog have delivered 600+ sessions and love to share their creative process and the secrets of making comics. Their events have proved popular with children and adults, and are interactive, fun and educational. They adapt talks and workshops to suit different age groups, preferring 7-12. They love to do illustrated talks to large assemblies as well as class-sized audiences. Graphic novels provide access to literature and literacy and the topics covered extend across the curriculum.

Metaphrog were patrons of reading at Northfield Academy, writers in residence at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and graphic novel authors in residence with Glasgow Life at Holyrood Secondary. They have spoken at prestigious venues such as Glasgow School of Art; Gordonstoun, The National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh International Book Festival, The Guardian and at international schools and festivals around the world. (Photo credit: Bob McDevitt)

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Mentoring; Panel event; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Chairing events

Audience can work with

Adult learners; English as an additional language (EAL); Intergenerational learning; Adults with additional support needs; Prisoners & young offenders; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Biography & memoir; Characters of colour & BAME characters; Childhood; Class & society; Comedy, humour & funny books; Contemporary fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Discrimination & Prejudice; Environment & climate; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Fantasy; Friendship; Gender equality; Horror; Human rights; LGBTQIA+ characters; Loneliness & isolation; Love & romance; Music; Mystery & thriller; Nature; Picture books; Publishing & getting published; Science; Science fiction; Self-publishing & independent publishing

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; Adults

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+