Fluent in French as well as English,  award-winning illustrator and author Bridget Marzo has been bridging words and pictures, line and paint, stories and art
both in East London and in France since her first books were published in the 1990s.


Proud to be one of 45 illustrators led by Axel Scheffler contributing our visions of Europe in the book DRAWING EUROPE TOGETHER (Macmillan November 2018). 

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

Book tickets here for the book launch on November 1, 2018 at Waterstones Piccadilly.

Monday NOVEMBER  19 – SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2018:

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

On Thursday November 22 , I will be on stage with  Axel Scheffler, Tor Freeman, Alexandre Franc and Sam Usher, co-launching the wonderful 2018  South Ken Kids Festival 

Every year fab authors and illustrators from both sides of the Channel come together to draw, visit schools and do all sorts of  public events and workshops at the weekend including live impro drawing  to live jazz.  See you there?

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’ – I feel honoured!

Now I recall the words for HOME (I studiedclassical and modern Chinese for two intensive years at Cambridge university a long time ago!)


Here I am 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, my characters, the high-energy scribbler  Tiz the cat,  and slow and steady Ott the donkey who paints, have been keeping me 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!


Some new work is in 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.  Our books and giclée prints of our exhibits will be on sale thoroughout the exhibition.    On December 2, 2017, Play with pictures at PICTURES AT PLAY! Join me and other exhibitors at the Half Moon Theatre at their free Winter Arts Fairfor some fun and interactive drawing events with families.

Would you like an author-illustrator visit to your school, bookshop, museum or event?   
If so please visit  Events Page for more details of my workshops and bookings.  
I love working with children of all ages – and adults too.

Bridget Marzo with toddlers and families at the Bank Street Bookstore in New York, October 2016



December 1, 2017

Chalice Gallery Christmas Art Exhibition  in Finchley, North London.  Private view  6-9pm

NOVEMBER 15 – 20, 2016

The fantabulous South Ken Kids Festival2016 started with a tribute by Quentin Blake to his French connections in art and music.  I had such fun drawing live on stage  with the great artist-author Serge Bloch ,  and later drawing to jazz trumpet alongside the likes of  Axel Sheffler, Dorothee de Monfried  & Barroux.

The CWISL Shoutwest Festival at London’s Brunel University

Take 90 children ages 9 – 12  from a mix of schools and mix them up with over a dozen authors and illustrators to make 90 new stories!


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

Saturday November 5, 12 noon

STREAM South London Book FestivalMake your own mark and show it off in Tiz and Ott’s Big Draw Gallery!  From noon, at the Mini Stream –  for ages 3 +


Storytime and more with Tiz & Ott’s Big Drawat the warm and welcoming book emporium in Fort Greene, the Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton street, Brooklyn, NY 11217


Reading and drawing with Tiz & Ott’s Big Drawat a ‘Meet the Author’ morning  at the historic treasure trove of children’s books, the Bank Street Bookstore, 2780 Broadway (at West 107th Street), New York, NY 10025

SATURDAY SeptEMBER 24 2:30-4pM

Let’s make a book with Bridget’s Book of English!
Bibliothèque Quentin Blake, Institut Français, South Kensington, London

Saturday June 4

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.

Saturday March 26, 3PM –

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

TuesdaY MARCH 15

Pop Up workshops,  Willam Read and Lubbins Park Schools, Canvey Island.

March 6

Pickled Pepper Books,  Illustration Showcase Launch  and live draw 2016


Campsbourne School, Alexandra Palace


Huddersfield University talk to final year  illustration students.


Alexandra Infants School, Beckenham


Kew College organized by  Pea Green Books

February 6

National Library Day– joining other CWISL authors at the  Minet Library, Brixton

for a day of  public events for children and families including a Tiz and Ott workshop at 2pm.


Join me at a  free drop-in family illustration workshop at

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


School workshops with author Addy Farmer

(Go to the Events page for more details)


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.

For more about the inspiring draw that is the  South Ken Kids Festival 2015  see my blog!


Chelsea Young Writers

Culture Shot Ruislip Manor Library


Launch of Tiz & Ott’s Big Draw  Tate UK – distributed in the USA by Abrams

OCTOBER 19 – 23

Pop Up Education Peterborough


The Isle of Wight Literary Festival


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

August 8

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

JULY 22, 10-1PM

An Aventure in Words and Pictures at Fulham Palace.  A Chelsea Young Writers Holiday workshop for 7-11 year olds  Book here

JUly 9, 10-11AM

Draw Tiz and Ott and more with me at my Southwark Reading festival workshop organized by Tales on Moon Lane,  Inspire Me and the Dulwich Picture Gallery.

June 11-13, 2015

 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.

JUNE 4, 2015

The official Tate launch party of Tiz & Ott’s Big Draw at the wonderful Tales on Moon Lane. Check out Ella Finch’s 1 minute film of my  invitation drawn to music here

May 7, 2015

Official publication date of my next book Tiz & Ott’s Big Draw  by Tate Publishing UK – hooray!

April 14 – April 15, 2015

I will  be giving two holiday workshops for Chelsea Young Writers in London.

March 24 – April 1, 2015

I’m very excited to have been invited to the China Bookworm Festival. I will be giving talks and workshops for children and adults in Beijing and Suzhou.

March 21

Masterclass for the SCBWI at the House of Illustration, London