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Mountains to the Sea Festival - Dublin

Jonathan will be flying to Dublin in March 2017 to take part in the Mountains to the Sea Literary Festival. On Wednesday 22nd March, he’ll be doing a schools event sharing the stage with Eoin Colfer, and then he’ll be joining a panel event at 4pm talking about the subject of mystery and adventure fiction, alongside Jo Cotterill, Robin Stevens and Katherine Woodfine.

For more information about the event and to book tickets, see:

The Return of the Great British Creative Challenge at the Oxford Literary Festival 2017

In spring 2016 Jonathan took his children’s creativity campaign, Freedom To Think, to the Oxford Literary Festival for a hilarious, interactive session all about being creative and finding inspiration in your everyday life. Jonathan chaired a panel of leading authors and illustrators in their discussions to a sold-out crowd.

The inaugural event was such a success that the event is returning to the festival for a second year!

On Sunday 2nd April, joining Jonathan on stage this time for mad-cap creative adventures are Robin Stevens, Katherine Rundell and Tony De Saulles. It’s going to be an unmissable event for the whole family, so book your tickets fast:

Jonathan on BBC Radio 4

Jonathan was on BBC Radio 4 in the UK on 4th January talking about ghost stories, and why he finds them so uniquely alluring. In the 15-minute piece – part of the Four Thought strand of programming on BBC Radio 4 which explores personal storytelling with ideas of contemporary relevance – Jonathan discussed his family tradition of making up ghostly tales on countryside walks and why he thinks it's so important to find free time for your brain to wander.

Listen again here to Jonathan's piece or via the Four Thought website.



Details of The Creeping Shadow US tour announced!

The Creeping Shadow – US coverIn a few days' time Jonathan will fly over the Atlantic to arrive in America for the US events tour to promote publication of Lockwood & Co.: The Creeping Shadow by Disney Hyperion.

The tour will take in Boston, Washington DC, New York, St Louis, Chicago and will end at the YALLFest in Charleston.

Below are the details for each event including instructions on how to get your hands on a ticket. Jonathan can’t wait to meet his readers and talk about the next installment of his ghost-hunting adventure.


Boston – Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 14.00 – 17.00
Tenacre Country Day School, 78 Benvenue Street Wellesley, MA 02482-5714
“Mega Awesome - Rick Riordan, Eoin Colfer, Jonathan Stroud, Robert Beatty and Joshua Khan, organised by the Wellesley Bookstore”
Book tickets here:

Washington – Monday, November 7, 2016 at 19.00 - 21.00
Community Center Auditorium, Takoma Park Maryland Library, 101 Philadelphia Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
Kids’ Superstar Authors: Eoin Colfer & Jonathan Stroud
For tickets see:

New York – Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 18.00 – 20.00
Organised and held at Books of Wonder, 18 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011
Fantastic Middle Grade Reads with Jonathan Stroud, Eoin Colfer and Joshua Khan
For tickets see:

St Louis - Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 19.00
St. Louis County Library HQ Auditorium,1640 S Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63131
Eoin Colfer, Jonathan Stroud and Ridley Pearson talk about their new books!
To book tickets see:

Chicago - Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 19.00
Organised and held at Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
An Evening with Eoin Colfer and Jonathan Stroud
To book tickets see:

Charleston, South Carolina - Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 12.00 noon, 15.00 & 17.00
12.00 noon – signing at Blue Bicycle Books (courtyard), 420 King Street.
15.00 – panel event ‘Dark Fantasy’ at Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St: Let’s explore creepy, twisty tales with characters who go where others fear to tread — and authors who do the same. Moderator Aprilynne Pike with Jonathan Stroud, Kendare Blake, Jay Kristoff, Maggie Stiefvater, and Sabaa Tahir.
17.00 – panel event ‘Worst Advice Ever’ at the American Theater (cinema), 446 King Street: Authors dish on the worst advice they’ve ever gotten, about writing or about life, and (hopefully!) give us better tips than the ones they got. Moderator Suzanne Young with Susan Dennard, Jonathan Stroud, Adi Alsaid, Laure Eve.

Full details of Jonathan’s events and signings are available at

UK Events for Autumn 2016 – OPEN TO EVERYONE!

Jonathan’s going to be on the road this autumn in the UK (and internationally) and there are three events which are open to public audiences (rather than school events). Please do book your tickets or secure your seat – Jonathan’s looking forward to meeting his readers at the events.

Friday 16th September – Harpenden Books – 4.30pm
48 High Street, Harpenden, AL5 2SX

To celebrate publication of The Creeping Shadow, Jonathan will be signing copies of his books in this brand new bookshop on Harpenden high street. The event is open to anyone, so knock off work early or come to the shop after school.  This will be the first chance for readers to get their hands on a signed copy of the brand new installment in the Lockwood & Co series. For further details, please call the shop on 01582 471375.

Saturday 8th October – Waterstones High Wycombe – 11am
Eden Shopping Centre, 11 Newlands Meadow, High Wycombe HP11 2BZ

Join Jonathan at this in-store signing event at Waterstones in High Wycombe. No need to book, just turn up on the day to get your books signed, ask Jonathan a questions and get an autograph. For more information call the shop on 01494 838760.

Sunday 16th October – Cheltenham Literary Festival – 11.45am
Little Big Top, Imperial Square

Jonathan will talking at the prestigious Cheltenham Literary Festival about the ghostly world of Lockwood; from the latest paranormal events, to the root cause of The Problem, and, of course, not forgetting a discussion around the psychic detectives favourite biscuits for an on-the-job tea break!

Jonathan appearing at YALLFEST 2016!

YALLFEST is one of the biggest literary festivals in America - last year over 12,000 people attended on the just the Saturday of the festival!

YALLFEST is aimed specifically at young adult readers and middle-grade fiction. It takes place November 11th-12th in sunny Charleston and Jonathan is thrilled to announce he will be on the programme to speak, sign books and meet his fans.

More specific timing details to follow.

Lockwood & Co. events Sweden!

In September Gothenburg in Sweden hosts a huge book fair, attended by thousands of readers and the crème de la crème of the author world.

Jonathan will be attending the book fair 22nd - 23rd September, doing a series of readings, talks, signings and interviews, set up by his Swedish publisher, Wahlstroms.

To see the schedule and book tickets see:


Jonathan to appear at the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival!

Jonathan will be taking to the stage in May at the inaugural Barnes Children’s Literature Festival.

On Saturday 14th May at 1pm, Jonathan will do an event in the Barnes Green Centre talking about Lockwood, the world of ghosts and how his characters try to defeat them. Fun and scares guaranteed!

Tickets are selling like hot cakes, so book now for your chance to see Jonathan in action:

UK World Book Day Schools Tour with Jonathan!

Jonathan is hitting the road this month, visiting schools around the UK for a tour to promote Lockwood & Co: The Hollow Boy in World Book Day week.

Jonathan will visit schools in Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and Surrey, spreading word about his ghost hunting trio.

World Book Day is a day of national focus on books and the joy of reading, and Jonathan is very much looking forward to meeting young readers and fans on the tour.

Keep an eye on Jonathan’s twitter account for photos and reports from the road @JonathanAStroud.

First Freedom to Think event!

The Oxford Literary Festival is hosting the first ever FREEDOM TO THINK event next month, as part of its world-class literary line up.

Jonathan will take to the stage to chair a creative, interactive and fun-filled hour-long event, with Chris Riddell, current Children’s Laureate and author of the Costa Book Award-winning Goth Girl; Abi Elphinstone is author of fantasy adventure novels The Dreamsnatcher and The Shadow Keeper; and Alex Wheatle is author of Brixton Rock, The Dirty South and Brenton Brown.

The authors will explain how they unlock their creativity and spark their imagination. What did they create when they were young? And why do they believe everyone should have more free time in their lives to explore, invent and dream?

With the help of the audience, the panel will create models and artwork live on stage, and every audience member will get a free creative pack to take home afterwards to invent their own creations.

The event is on Saturday 9th April, starting at 11am, and held in Bodleian: Divinity School in central Oxford.

You can book tickets now here.

UK tour for The Hollow Boy almost here!

Next week Jonathan will hit the road, this time in his home country, to visit schools, bookshops and libraries to talk about The Hollow Boy. The tour, set up by Jonathan’s publisher, Penguin Random House, will cover areas including Oxford, Salisbury, Winchester, Surrey and Worcestershire.

The tour will culminate on a fittingly spooky day - Friday 13th November – when the third and biggest yet Lockwood Whodunit will take place. This online, live, murder mystery game promises to be the hardest case to crack so far. Lockwood, Lucy and George will need all the help they can get. Follow the clues and join the case on twitter (#Lockwoodwhodunit) or facebook (

Durham event with Jonathan Stroud – tickets now available

The end of the month will see Jonathan heading to Northern England for an appearance at a major literary festival, The Northern Children’s Book Festival. Jonathan will do two events as part of the festival’s gala day, held in Durham, on Saturday 21st November.

Jonathan will talk about Lockwood, his writing, how he creates his characters, show the audience jacket images from all around the world, and dress up a brave volunteer as a ghost hunter. Laughs and scares guaranteed!

You can book tickets now to see Jonathan at the Northern Children’s Book festival here:


Details of The Hollow Boy US tour announced!

It is only a few weeks to go before American publication of The Hollow Boy, the third Lockwood & Co. adventure. Excitement is mounting, not only amongst readers but also in the Stroud household!

Jonathan is gearing up for national events tour of the US, organised by his publisher, Disney Hyperion. The tour will take in Boston, Rochester, Washington DC, St Louis, Chicago and Houston, Texas.

Below are the details for each event including instructions on how to get your hands on a ticket. Jonathan can’t wait to meet his readers and reveal the next installment of his ghost hunting adventure. As one literary critic based in the UK put it: “Publication of a new Lockwood and Co adventure must qualify as one of the literary events of the year.”


Boston – Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 14.30
Tenacre Country Day School, 78 Benvenue Street Wellesley, MA 02482-5714
“Mega Awesome: London Calling - Rick Riordan, Jonathan Stroud & Eoin Colfer, organised by the Wellesley Bookstore”
Book tickets here:

Rochester – Monday, September 14, 2015 at 19.00 - 21.00
Irondequoit Public Library, 1290 Titus Avenue, Irondequoit, NY
Greater Rochester Teen Read Week: Let’s All Meet Eoin Colfer and Jonathan Stroud!
For tickets call: 585-336-6060

Rochester – Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 10.00 - 12.00 noon
Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY
Greater Rochester Teen Read Week: Let’s All Meet Eoin Colfer and Jonathan Stroud!
For tickets call: 585-784- 5300

Washington DC - Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 19.00
Event at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20008
Eoin Colfer and Jonathan Stroud present their new books at Politics and Prose
For tickets call: 202-362-2408

St Louis - Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 19.00
St. Louis County Library Headquarters Auditorium,1640 S Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63131
“Young Readers Showcase with Eoin Colfer, Ridley Pearson and Jonathan Stroud”
Call for more details: 314-994-3300

Chicago - Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 19.00
Cossitt School, La Grange, Chicago, IL 60525,
‘An Evening with Eoin Colfer and Jonathan Stroud” organised by Anderson’s bookstore
For tickets call Anderson’s La Grange store: 708-582-6353

Texas - Friday, September 18, 2015 at 17.00
Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079
Eoin Colfer and Jonathan Stroud will discuss and sign THE FOREVER MAN and THE HOLLOW BOY, their new books for kids.
For more information call: 281-497-8675


UK schools tour for The Whispering Skull paperback announced!

This March Jonathan will be taking to the roads of the UK again to celebrate publication of The Whispering Skull in paperback.

The tour will start on February 26th in Bath at a huge event for World Book Day. Jonathan will be joined on stage for the Biggest Book Show on Earth event by a host of amazing authors and illustrators, each passionate about the focus World Book Day gives to reading and young people. It’s set to be a brilliant event!

The rest of the tour will take place in the first week in March with Jonathan visiting schools in Glasgow, Essex, Northamptonshire, Manchester, Bedfordshire and, on World Book Day itself (March 5th), in Middlesex.

Watch this space for photographs of the tour!

2015 German tour confirmed

Jonathan is delighted to be taking part in another tour of Germany this spring, bringing the ghosts and ghouls of Lockwood to one of his favourite countries.

The last tour in Germany in 2013 was a huge success: Jonathan performed the events with Marc Langebeck, chair and master of ceremonies, and Judith Hoersch, an actress who played Lucy. The threesome were such a success that they’re joining forces again this spring to complete another tour of the country.

Details of the tour are still being confirmed but below is the current schedule. Tickets are available to reserve now.

Munich - Wednesday 18th March at 18:00
Reading at Charlotte-Dessecker-Bücherei

Vienna – Friday 29th March
Events at Hauptbücherei Gürtel and Palais Auersperg

Cologne – Saturday 21st March at 16:00
Event at Cologne Literary Festival

Meet Jonathan at the Oxford Literary Festival this April

Jonathan will be talking wraiths, poltergeists and all things scary at the Oxford Literary Festival this April. In this public event Jonathan will take to the stage with Dave Shelton, author of the terrifying short story collection, Thirteen Chairs, to explore why they love scaring the socks off their readers!

Books your tickets now:

Oxford Literary Festival
Sunday 22nd April at 16:00
‘Don’t Give Up the Ghost: Writing Seriously Scary Books with Dave Shelton and Jonathan Stroud


The Whispering Skull on tour in the UK

The past fortnight has seen Jonathan take to the road again to visit schools, bookshops and literary festivals talking ghost-hunting, magnesium flares and, of course, tea and biscuits! It's been a fantastic launch for The Whispering Skull in the UK, with many happy young readers and one very happy author.

More Lockwood events are still to come – join Jonathan at Ely Literary Festival or St Albans literary festivals later in the autumn.

Hertford Literary Festival shines!

Jonathan took part in the inaugural Hertford Children's Book Festival this week. He joined a host of top authors including Holly Smale, Simon Pegg (pictured below with Jonathan) and more, on Thursday night in Hertford Theatre for a launch Gala event which saw the audience of hundreds spell bound as each author took to the stage to talk about books and reading. Jonathan also did some school events for the festival on Friday.

Here's a report from the Gala event:

UK tour for The Whispering Skull confirmed

Jonathan is about to hit the road travelling around the UK to talk about The Whispering Skull. The tour will see him visit Norwich, London, Bristol, Bath, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Portsmouth, Cambridge shire and his hometown of St Albans. 

The tour includes lots of schools visits but also some events open to the public too. If you’re nearby and want to find out the latest ghost-hunting tips, here’s how to book tickets:

Hertfordshire Children’s Book Festival
Jonathan will be joining other big names in the children’s books world like Holly Smale, Alex Scarrow, Simon Pegg and more for a Gala Evening event to launch the festival on Thursday 2nd October at 9pm in Hertford Theatre. An event not to be missed. For tickets see:

Ely Literature Festival
Lockwood will take over a spooky setting for a special Halloween event! St Peter’s Church in Ely will host a Halloweeen Lockwood event on Friday 31st October at 7.30pm – expect scares, laughs, tricks and treats.

St Albans Literary Festival
The inaugural year of a festival to celebrate books, and, as his hometown, Jonathan is especially delighted to be the children’s programme ambassador. Come and see him in action on Saturday 8th November at 11am in the Maltings Art Theatre:

Lockwood in the Netherlands!

Jonathan visited the Netherlands recently for a three-day tour of the country, visiting schools and bookshops. The tour was set up by Boekhandel van Rossum, one of the best book shops in Amsterdam, in conjunction with Random House to celebrate publication of The Whispering Skull in Holland. The tour saw Jonathan visiting schools in Amsterdam and the Hague speaking to young people about the new installment of his award-winning ghost-hunting series.

The Whispering Skull UK tour

The Whispering Skull publishes in the UK on 25th September and kick starts a month of touring by Jonathan, taking his ghost-hunting tips to the masses. Details of the tour are still being firmed up though confirmed locations include Norwich, Bristol, Stowe, Portsmouth and Hertfordshire. Watch this space for the final schedule.

The tour finale will be held as part of the Ely Literature Festival by Toppings bookshop on Halloween itself! St Peter’s Church in Ely will be the spooky venue for this supernatural event, guaranteed to give readers, young and old, a good old fright on Halloween. An event not to miss – book your tickets now!

Come and meet Jonathan at upcoming public events in the UK!

As part of a UK tour to promote the paperback release of The Screaming Staircase, Jonathan will be on the road visiting schools and bookshops in the South East of England. There are two public events open to any members of the public who would like to meet Jonathan, hear more about Lockwood and get a book signed.

Friday 11th July,
16.00 – 17.30

Waterstones Bury St Edmunds (36 Buttermarket, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1DW)
A drop-in book signing session, informal, please do turn up or for more information call 0843 2908197.

Saturday 12th July
, 13.15 – 15.15 & 15.30 – 16.15

YALC, London Excel centre (Earls Court) (part of Film and Comic Con)
The first ever UK literary convention for young adult books exclusively – and Jonathan’s on the programme! He’ll be taking part in a panel event called ‘Bring Me My Dragons’ alongside Ruth Warburton, Amy McCulloch, Frances Hardinge and chaired by Marc Alpin on Saturday 12th July at 3pm. He’ll also be doing a signing session from 1.15pm to 3.15pm.
If you buy a ticket to Jonathan’s event you also get a pass to the whole London Film and Comic Con – a world of fantasy, graphics and stories to explore!

For programme information and to buy tickets see:

For a guide on which tickets to buy see this helpful blog from Hot Key Books:

Paris calling . . .

Jonathan is popping over to Paris for the last weekend in June to speak at an event for booksellers and bookshops organised by his French publisher, Albin Michel. Jonathan will be talking about Lockwood, both The Screaming Staircase and the upcoming second installment, The Whispering Skull. Once the itinerary has been finalized, we’ll let you know if Jonathan will be making any public appearances or signings.


The Screaming Staircase UK paperback tour takes shape!

Next month (3rd July to be exact) sees the UK release of the paperback edition of The Screaming Staircase, with its exciting new jacket look. To promote the publication Jonathan will be doing a week of events in the south east of England. Most of the events will be in schools, but each one is supported by a local bookshop which will have signed copies of Jonathan’s books in stock after the events.

Jonathan will be visiting Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Twickenham, Milton Keynes and the tour will culminate in Jonathan appearing at the inaugural YA Literary Convention, a new part of the annual Film and Comic Con held at the Excel centre in central London.

Inspired and organized by current Children’s Laureate, Malorie Blackman, the convention sees the coming together of the crème de la crème of authors writing for teenagers in the UK. Jonathan will be on a panel event entitled ‘Bring Me My Dragons’ alongside Ruth Warburton, Amy McCulloch, Frances Hardinge and chaired by Marc Alpin on Saturday 12th July at 3pm. He’ll also be doing a signing session from 1.15pm to 3.15pm.

To buy tickets and see the YALC full programme see:


Netherlands to welcome Lockwood

Just confirmed is a trip in early September which will introduce Dutch readers to Lockwood and his motley crew. Jonathan will travel to and around Amsterdam visiting schools and bookshops to talk about his ghost-hunting trio. Watch this space for more details coming soon.


Jonathan takes part in 'Museums at Night'!

During May Jonathan will take part in a national arts initiative called 'Museums at Night' which will see museums and cultural centers all over the UK opening up after-hours to host author events. Jonathan will travel to West Bridgford Library in Nottingham to introduce young people and their parents to the ghostly hauntings of Lockwood & Co.

Friday 17th May. 7pm to 9pm. Tickets still available. It promises to be a ghoulish affair!

For more information about other Museums at Night events near you, see:

'Books in the Belfry' – new Hertfordshire literary festival

Jonathan will be supporting a great local cause (refurbishing and maintaining Flamstead church) when he takes part in a new literary festival in June. 'Books in the Belfry' will see Jonathan doing a Lockwood talk on Saturday 7th June at 11.45am in Flamstead church itself. For tickets and more information on the full festival programme see:

Jonathan celebrates World Book Day in the UK

The first week of March saw Jonathan travelling 400 miles across the country speaking to over 1500 young people at 3 different venues – all to celebrate the joy of books and World Book Day.

Jonathan visited pupils at St Albans School, Herts, on the Monday, then he was with students at St Edmund's School in Ware on WBD itself, before he travelled to Newcastle to take part in The Biggest Book Show ever set up by the official World Book Day crew. The Newcastle event was held in the Theatre Royal to an audience of nearly 1000 children from schools around the region. Jonathan shared the stage with other tops authors and illustrators like Cathy Cassidy, Charlie Fletcher, Laura Dockrill and Alex T. Smith.

That's an introduction to World Book Day that Lockwood will never forget!

Find out more at the Jonathan Stroud Fan Page

Jonathan lends his support to new local literary festival

The Hertfordshire town of St Albans is to launch its first literary festival this autumn. Being Jonathan's hometown it is obviously natural for him to lend his support to the launch of the concept, and he hopes to be involved in the festival itself come November.

Click here for more festival information

Jonathan out and about in 2014

To maintain buzz and momentum for Lockwood & Co. Jonathan will be visiting schools and bookshops in the UK outside of normal touring time throughout 2014. As Jonathan explains: "I love regularly going in to schools, it gives me contact with my audience that inspires me and keeps me going when I'm back at my desk writing the next book. I've loved meeting all the young fans this autumn and telling them about Lockwood and I'm really looking forward to doing more events next year."

If you are a school librarian or teacher interested in hosting an event with Jonathan, please get in touch.

German Lockwood Tour is a huge success!

Jonathan spent the first half of November travelling around Germany visiting schools, bookshops and literary festivals to introduce Lockwood, Lucy and George to his German fans.

The tour was a resounding success and hugely enjoyable for Jonathan – he travelled around with his 'partners in crime' Marc Langebeck, the chair and master of ceremonies, and Judith Hoersch, an actress who read parts of the book in Lucy's voice. Joined by the team from the German publisher, Random House, Sebastian and Verena, it was a merry team spreading the Lockwood message far and wide.

The events were extraordinary – from an event in a Berlin theatre with 500 school pupils, to a talk in a cathedral in Hamburg, the venues and fans completely exceeded expectations.

Read more about the tour from the author himself on his blog:

And read an interview by a German blogger too: