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Korky Paul
Korky Paul

All About Korky Paul

Korky Paul was born in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1951 into a family of seven children. His real name is Hamish Vigne Christie Paul. He enjoyed a wild and privileged childhood in the African Bushveldt. At an early age he was reading comic books and scribbling cartoons. He scribbled his way through Durban School of Art and for four years scribbled at an advertising agency in Cape Town. In 1976, as Korky puts it, he “fled for Europe” and landed up in Greece. Here he met a mad scot, James Watt, working for a Greek publisher, who commissioned Korky to illustrate a series of educational books teaching Greek children to speak the ‘Queen’s English’. And so he began his career as a children’s book illustrator.

He spent some time working in an advertising agency in London and Los Angeles and then studied film animation under Jules Engel at CAL-ARTS, California. Korky’s first children’s book was a pop-up called The Crocodile and the Dumper Truck published in 1980, with paper engineering by Ray Marshall.

In 1986 Korky Paul met the editor Ron Heapy at Oxford University Press who commissioned him to illustrate Winnie the Witch. It won the Children’s Book Award in 1987 and has been published in over 10 languages. Korky has since illustrated more very successful books for Oxford, Random House, Penguin and many other publishers.

Three of Korky’s picture books have been adapted for CD-ROM; Dragon Poems, Winnie the Witch and The Fish Who Could Wish which won the coveted European Multi-Media Award (EMMA) in 1995.

Korky Paul has very quickly become a well-known figure in the children’s book world and he is especially popular with the young children who read his books and are carried away into a fantasy world by the illustrations.

Korky’s School Visits

Portrait Painting & Reading Stories with Korky Paul

40 minutes portrait workshops x 6 per day

30-50 children per session (average class size) 5-11 year old


The First 15 Minutes

Korky reads and act out one of his books with the aid of digital slides.

The Second 15 Minutes

Known only to himself as the world’s greatest ‘Portrait Painter and Dinosaur Drawer’ Korky draws ‘Dinosaur Portraits’ of the children which they can take home…!

Emphasis throughout is the use of your imagination.

A Portrait Timetable: Very flexible with this. Reception and year one 30 minute sessions are preferable.

1. 09.00am – 09.45am
2. 09.45am –10.20am
3. 10.30am – 11.10am
4. 11.15am – 12.00am
5. 01.00pm – 01.45pm
6. 01.45pm – 02.00pm
7. 02.00pm – 02.45pm
Book Signing After School
8. Home Time!

Materials for Korky Paul:

• Korky Paul provides digital slides on a USB memory stick
• Digital projector, laptop and screen/white wall
• Suitable room that can be darkened – not wartime blackout!
• Flip chart with lots of paper
• Berol large water-based markers assorted colours
• Two jam jars/jugs of water for my paints

He will send a photo-copiable entry forms for The Drawing Competition:

1. Big ‘O’ in The kOrky and

2. Draw a New Hat for Winnie

It is a drawing exercise to stretch the creativity and imagination of the fledging illustrators. These can be illustrated by the pupils prior to my visit and displayed while I am there. I can judge the winning entries and present my books as prizes.

Korky’s Books

Winnie the witch

Winnie the Witch

Winnie the Witch lived in a black house. It had black carpets, black chairs, a black bed with black sheets, and black pictures on the walls. It even had a black bath. Naturally Wilbur the cat was also black. The only problem was, Winnie just couldn’t see him – until one day she decided to use just a little magic…

flying carpet

Winnie’s Flying Carpet

Winnie always wanted a flying carpet, but then it flies off with her precious Wilbur and heads straight to a funfair… with Winnie in hot pursuit! Winnie has to resort to magic to stop the carpet and rescue her beloved moggy. Then, ever the resourceful witch, she has an idea for a wonderful way to enjoy the carpet in the safety of her own garden.

Korky Paul does not bring his own books.

He will email an order form in advance which you can complete and email/fax to your local bookseller.

Book Signing

Please allocate a time for this. The end of the day when parents come to collect the children seems best.

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Korky Paul, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at