About Steve

Steve Weatherill is an author/illustrator and cartoonist. He studied fine art and film-making at Hornsey and the Royal College of Art.

He is best known for the Baby Goz and Lucy Goose books first published by Frances Lincoln and Pan Macmillan and also the History Activity books written with his wife, Susan for b small publishing.

He has been visiting schools and libraries with his interactive storyplays for over 25 years.

He now lives near Scarborough in North Yorkshire.

Steve Weatherill

Susan Weatherill

Questions & Answers

Q: What were you like at school?

I liked drawing and making up stories. I was the one sitting at the back and looking out of the window.

Q: What did you want to be when you were a child?

An explorer with my pet dog Charlie.

Q: Which three words describe you best?

Have pencil will travel. Oops that’s 4, maths was never my strong point.

Q: What is your favourite word?

This week it’s Somnambulist. Look it up if you can’t sleep.

Q: What makes you cringe?

Making a mistake and not being able to change it.

Q: What are you afraid of?

The Big Bad Wolf of course.

Q: When did you last have a really good laugh?

Last week on a school visit when Big Charlie the Dog went for a walk down the corridor.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

Leonardo da Vinci’s big pencil, but I don’t have the sharpener.

Q: What do you do as a hobby?

I’m teaching my pet hen, Blanche, to speak English using the phonic system.

Q: What’s your favourite food?

Yorkshire puddings, the ones the angels make, not the other ones.

Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?

An explorer.

Q: What quality do you most admire in a person?

Kindness.

Q: What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?

The top of Mount Sinai first thing in the morning.

Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

See all, hear all, say nowt. Eat all, drink all, pay nowt.

Q: How long have you been a writer?

About 5 feet 8 inches on a good day.

Q: Was there a moment in your life when you decided to become a writer?

It was the night the thunderbolt struck Aunt Betty’s chimney. There was a loud noise, a flash of light - and now Aunt Betty’s bantam, every time she lays an egg, she sings the National Anthem.

Q: What are the best and worst things about being an author?

The best thing is the beach side villa in Wai-Ki-Ki. Every author is given one by the Arts Council when they have written their first 500 pages. The worst thing is not finding anywhere to land my helicopter when I visit schools.

Q: Where do you get your greatest ideas from?

The Big Book of Bright Ideas. See if you can order it from the library.

Q: Which of your own characters do you most identify with?

Godfrey Gander. Godfrey was always trying to impress Lucy Goose. There was the time he made his great leap into a bath full of water. “Oh no! I forgot to put the water in!” THUNK!

Q: What do you do to combat writer’s block?

I go outside into the garden where my 3 specially trained woodpeckers gently tap me on the head and give me ideas in Morse code.

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?

Richmal Crompton’s Just William stories and Ernest Shepard’s drawings in Winnie the Pooh.

Q: What book do you wish you had written?

The Big Book of Bright Ideas.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Read a lot, write a lot and very importantly have fun.