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Jon Bishop

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Contact: jon@thegreyearl.com
Local authority: Perth and Kinross
Languages: English
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Jon Bishop, also known as The Grey Earl is an illustrator and picture book maker and has been making creative work for children and their families in Scotland for over a decade.


His clients include Edinburgh Fringe, Glasgow Museums, Stirling University, Visible Fictions Theatre, Stirling Photography Festival and Wildhood - A Children’s Art Festival. He has an eclectic folio but with a distinct illustrative style. His work has been shown at the National Gallery in Edinburgh as part of Picture Hooks (2015) and has performed in children’s theatre company, The Letter J, with years of experience touring venues and festivals across the UK.


He is an independent publisher of greetings cards with a modern approach, and humour at its core. Slug in a Mug is his first picture book, made with children’s author Laura Westring. With years of experience delivering community art workshops in various settings, from schools to art festivals and has developed a series of online video tutorials (The Toilet Roll Sessions) all designed to support both children and adults discover their creativity together.


(Photo credit: Jassy Earl)

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; 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

Live drawing; Mentoring; Panel event; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts)

Topics of work

Picture books; Rhyming books for younger readers; Self-publishing & independent publishing

Age groups published for

Children; Adults

Age groups can work with

3-5; 6-8; 9-11

Audience size

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