Nick Sharratt at Hitchin Town Hall

Last Saturday (3 December), over 200 families flocked to Hitchin Town Hall to meet Nick Sharratt and have their favourite books signed by the award winning children’s book writer and illustrator.

The visit was in aid of his bright and colourful exhibition ‘Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants: The Illustrated World of Nick Sharratt’. Visitors had the opportunity to find out about Nick’s childhood and what inspired him to become an illustrator, and meet a host of the characters that he has created throughout his career.

The exhibition included a re-creation of Nick’s studio where visitors tried their hand at drawing a selection of his characters using a light box, and by using the interactive touch screen they were able to create their very own digital ‘Sharracter’, which proved very popular.

Children and grownups alike drew their own Nick Sharratt inspired pictures on a wipe clean board, and younger visitors enjoyed dressing up in a selection of whacky costumes, including a mermaid’s tail, some very fancy pants and a pineapple!

Cllr Tony Hunter, NHDC’s Executive Member for Community Engagement said:

It was fantastic to have so many happy faces come through the doors at the Town Hall for the Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants exhibition. Nick Sharratt helped provide a great experience for all the excited children and families the feedback has been fantastic.

Visitors will be able to visit the Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants exhibition at The Town Hall until Saturday 21 January.