Bridget Marzo believes in the power of pens, pencils, paints – and picture books – to change lives.

Known for her warm characters and interactive invention, Bridget is the award-winning artist-author of well over 20  picture books. 

You can find all her books, along with more  illustrations and interviews in her  Bridget Strevens Marzo archive site.

Bridget works between France and her East London base in the UK for publishers in different countries.   With Catalan, French and English family, Bridget has a particular interest in mixed heritage and visual literacy. 

She is currently working on a picture book for Walker Books UK / Candlewick US, about what we have in common across the world.

Her workshops and her  UK / US  picture book, Tiz and Ott’s Big Draw  aim to inspire children, and adults, to draw, paint – and write –  themselves out of holes.  

Would you like an author-illustrator visit to your school, bookshop, museum or festival event in the UK, France…or online?  
If so, please visit  Events Page for more details of Bridget’s workshops and bookings.  
She is happy to work with children, or adults or families together. 


November 16 – 22, 2020

For the 2020 very special online edition of the South Ken Kids Festival, Bridget will be running virtual workshops with schools as part of our Outreach programme.


November 5, 2020 

 Online discussion about craft and career alongside Barbara McClintock, Juana Martinez-Neal  with and Pat Cummngs and  New York illustration students at the Pratt Institute  and Parsons.












Bridget was proud to be one of 45 illustrators led by Axel Scheffler contributing visions of Europe in the book DRAWING EUROPE TOGETHER (Macmillan November 2018), and in an exhibition that toured around the UK and Ireland including  at the Royal West of England Academy

Drawing Europe Together (Pan Macmillan)

Europe in a Tree ©Bridget Marzo, gouache on tinted paper in Drawing Europe Together, Forty-five Illustrators, One Europe published by Macmillan November 2018










Here’s a peek at part of Bridget’s work in Pictures at Play grand juried exhibition of the best of children’s book illustration in SCBWI British Isles   2019 at the Westminster Reference Library behind  London’s National Gallery







November 23, 2019   Joined Axel Scheffler and the rest of a fab crew at South Ken Kids Festival illustrators from both sides of the Channel in this year’s drawing to music  Impro!  

November 1- 3rd, 2019    SCBWI British Isles Conference, Winchester  First Impressions Panel 

Tiz & Ott’s Big Draw goes to China!

Here’s the  Chinese co-edition of Tiz and Ott’s Big Draw published by Citic Press, Beijing .

On it is a beautiful gold stamp with the words ‘Artistic Enlightenment Picture Book for Children’.

Above is the Chinese character for HOME, the last line of the story.


Here’s Bridget in action with Tiz and Ott and a crowd of children and families in Tate Britain. Look at the lovely art works the children made  – in less than an hour – in the great London art gallery!


I adapted 4 well known fairy stories in my latest French books  Les Contes à Colorier  (my “Draw Along Tales“)  so that children use their pencils and crayons to help the characters along their way – as well as colour them in.  Published by Bayard Jeunesse.

Contes a Colorier Display

The  bookstore display case for my 4 Contes a Colorier out with Bayard, France

Meanwhile,  the high-energy scribbler  Tiz the cat,  and slow and steady Ott the donkey who paints, have been keeping Bridget  busy since Tiz and Ott’s Big Draw was published with the Tate UK and distributed by Abrams in the US.

Here’s Tiz  being useful – as a 3-D pencil holder!  Big thanks to the fab designer Evavooo who loved my book character and created Tiz in 3-D!  If you have access to a 3-D printer you can download the 3D  template  and make and paint a Tiz  of your very own – for free!




So many friends for Tiz and Ott to play with! Here is a roomful of characters drawn by 5  year olds at one of Bridget’s South Ken Kids Festival school visits













A juried exhibition of children’s author-illustrators including guests  Leigh Hodgkinson, Tim Hopgood and Pam Smy,  in PICTURES AT PLAY, the very first grand biennial illustration exhibition by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, British Isles, at the Half Moon Gallery, London.


The South Ken Kids Festival  2016 started with a tribute by Quentin Blake to his French connections in art and music.  Bridget drew live on stage  with the great artist-author Serge Bloch



In a  30 minute illustration plenary at CWISL’s ShoutWest Festival, Bridget showed children ages 9 – 12 how to relate characters to each other – with the simplest of means.



Bridget reading at Bank Street Bookstore (photo ©Tim Miller)

Bridget signing at Greenlight Bookstore Brooklyn


Bethlem Museum of the Mind, London

A family painting workshop inspired by a fascinating book on show in their current exhibition  Youtopia, called the Little Traveller.

Here’s a short film of what we did at Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4R

What a fantastic gallery from Tiz & Ott’s Big Draw today @Tate Britain pic.twitter.com/AHfQBK8ioH

FREE event for families at the Tate Britain Gallery, London


The South London Gallery First ever Children’s Bookfairfrom 12:45 – 1:15

South Kensington Kids Festivalat the French Institute, London

SKKF line up 2015

drawing to Jazz at the South Ken Kids Festival -artists l-r – Emily Hughes, Delphine Perret, Claude Ponti, Bruno Heitz, Barroux, Benji Davies, Marjolaine Leray, Bridget Marzo, Beatrice Alemagna, Axel Scheffler..and jazz trumpetist Airelle Besson and guitarist.








Pop Up Education Peterborough

The Isle of Wight Literary Festival

The Guardian Education Centre’s Cartoon & Art Family Day at Kings Place, London

Dédicace de Bridget’s Book of English a la Librairie de Bulles et des Lignes, Pernes-Les Fontaines, France

 ShoutSouth Festival at the London Southbank university. Check out my blog post about getting over 100 adults and children drawing stories out of characters at Shoutsouth.

China Bookworm Festival.  talks and workshops for children and adults in Beijing and Suzhou.

The World of Kids Lit with Frané Lessac and  Anette Øster.

Masterclasses for the SCBWI at the House of Illustration, London