Jonathan Stroud HOME
Events 2019


Jonathan’s Upcoming Visit to Spain – change of date and city

Jonathan will be visiting Spain as part of his partnership with the FanFictionLab run by READ ON, but there has been a change of plans - Jonathan will not be visiting Madrid this autumn, but will instead fly in to Barcelona in Spring 2020.

On 13th and 14th March 2020, Jonathan will be hosting events, signing books and meeting fans at a literary festival held in the Museu del disseny in Barcelona.

Watch this page for details of timings and how to get tickets.

A Chance to Meet Jonathan in Portugal this Winter!

Details have been confirmed for Jonathan’s upcoming trip to Portugal and tickets are now on sale!

Jonathan will be doing an event as part of the READ ON FanFictionLab project focusing on his Bartimaeus Sequence on Monday 9th December in Lisbon. The event will start at 4pm and will be held in the Cineteatro Academia Almadense which is just outside the centre of Lisbon.

The event is free to attend, to secure your place complete the form linked on this page:

FanFiction Lab European Events

As part of Jonathan’s partnership with the FanFiction Lab, he’ll be visiting lots of literary festivals and schools all over Europe in autumn and winter 2019. More details to follow but here’s an outline of some dates/countries:

Mantua Literary Festival, Italy, 7th – 8th September

Birmingham Literature Festival, UK, 6th October

Silk festival in Norway, 30th – 31st October

Public event in Lisbon, Portugal, 9th December 2019-11-

Barcelona – 13th -14th March 2020

Details to follow






Jonathan appearing at Italian Literature Festival in September!

As part of his partnership with the FanFictionLab run by READ ON, Jonathan will be jetting over to Italy in September to take part in events at the Mantova Literary Festival.

There is one event open to the public on Saturday 7th September at 17:00 held in the Meseo Diocesano.

Jonathan will be interviewed by Italian author Licia Troisi and the event will focus on his Bartimaeus books, as well as Lockwood and more.

Tickets for the event are now available, along with more information here:

Event in Birmingham, UK!

In early October, Jonathan will be catching a train northwards to take part in the Birmingham Literature Festival.

The event is open to the public and is part of Jonathan's partnership with the Bartimaeus-focussed FanFictionLab run by READ ON.

Jonathan will be discussing how he dreamt up the world of Bart, the characters, the footnotes and more.

Sunday 6th October: 4.30-5.30pm at the Birmingham Conservatoire

To buy tickets and find out more see:

Jonathan appearing at Dutch Fantasy Convention this August!

Calling all fans of Jonathan’s books living in the Netherlands or nearby – the man himself will be appearing at top fantasy convention, Castlefest, next month!

Jonathan will be jetting over to take part in events on Friday 2nd August and Saturday 3d August – he will be signing books, meeting fans, doing talks and taking part in Q&A sessions.

His events will be:

Friday 2nd August
At 5.30pm, Jonathan will be talking about Lockwood, Bartimaeus, writing and more in this interview style event, followed by book signing.

Saturday 3rd August
10am 11.30am - come and find Jonathan at the convention to have a chat or get your book signed.

11.30am - don’t miss Jonathan taking to the stage with Jeroen van Unen, acclaimed author of the Night Owls books (called Nachtuilen in Dutch), for a double interview event all about fantasy writing, world building, making up magic, creating characters and more.

For further information and to buy tickets see:


STAHS Children's Book Festival
Saturday 15th June, Hertfordshire UK

Jonathan will be talking about Lockwood, Bartimaeus, writing and more at the inaugural St Albans High School for Girls literary festival.

It is one of Jonathan’s few UK public events this year, so do grab a ticket if you’d like to hear him talk, get a book signed or meet him in person.

Tickets are available as a day pass on the web link below (you’ll need to create a Wise Pay account) – if you get a ticket, you also get to see loads of other amazing children’s authors (David Baddiel, Robin Stevens, James Mayhew and Simon Pegg) during the day-long festival, so it’s money well spent!





Lockwood Event in Cologne, Germany

Jonathan will jet over to Germany in March to take part in the Cologne Literary Festival.

On Saturday 17th March 2018 at 3pm, Jonathan will chat with interviewer Tobias Bungter and actress Lina Zaraket (who will be reading from the German edition of The Empty Grave) about the world of Lockwood & Co. After the event, Jonathan will be signing books for readers.

Find out more and buy tickets here:

Jonathan Returns to the Oxford Literary Festival!

For a third consecutive year, the Oxford Literary Festival is holding a Great British Creative Challenge event, chaired by Jonathan.

On Sunday 18th March 2018 at 12 noon, Jonathan will share the stage with three top names in the children’s book world - Tamsyn Murray, SF Said and Lauren St John - for an hour of artistic tips, imaginative discussion and live creative challenges.

This is a brilliant event for the whole family. Tickets are available now here:

UK events to meet Jonathan and get your books signed!

Jonathan will be doing two events in bookshops near London this autumn that are open to everyone, to come and meet him, get a book signed and find out more about the ghoulish world of Lockwood & Co.

Saturday 28th October – 3pm - Harpenden Books, Hertfordshire

Join Jonathan Stroud for a spooky Halloween signing!
Address: Harpenden Books, 8 High St, Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 2SX
(30 minute train from central London to Harpenden)
For more information call: 01582 471375

Saturday 2nd December at 3pm - Alligator’s Mouth, Richmond

Join Jonathan Stroud for a an in-store event all about Lockwood & Co. Hear about the ghostly setting of the stories, try on some ghost-hunting kit, doodle on the Thinking Cloth and get your books signed!
Address: Alligator’s Mouth, 2A Church Ct, Richmond TW9 1JL
(30 minutes on the train from central London to Richmond, also on the tube)
For more information call: 020 8948 6775

Bath Children’s Literature Festival

Jonathan will be talking all things ghosts and spectral in a Lockwood event for this excellent children’s literary festival. The event will be at lunchtime on Thursday 5th October held in the beautiful Guildhall in Bath. Tickets can be booked here.

There will be more events coming this autumn open to the public so watch this space for details.

Get Creative at Cheltenham Literary Festival

Jonathan will be taking off his ghost-hunting balaclava and warm jacket to keep the ghost chill away for an event with a sunnier atmosphere in October.

Inspired by his Freedom to Think campaign, Jonathan will be chairing an event called ‘Get Creative’ for the Cheltenham Literary Festival on Sunday 8th October at 12.00 noon. Joining him on stage will be other top talent from the books world including Christopher Edge, Lizzy Stewart and Katherine Woodfine.

Fire up your imagination as the panel discuss all aspects of creativity from things they made as children, to finding time for it in their busy adult lives and sharing top tips for budding creatives. Help the panelists prove their skills live on stage too!


There are so many ways you can see Jonathan in action at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival. Hear him talking about gender, creativity, fantasy writing or simply watch him create a masterpiece in the Great Toilet Roll Challenge, inspired by his Freedom To Think campaign!

Here are details of the events and how you can secure tickets:

Cracking Imaginative Education - Friday 18th August at 12.15pm
Jonathan will be talking with Lucy Crehan about children’s creativity at home, in school and taking them in to their adult lives. It’s set to be an inspiring and insightful event.

The Great Gender Debate – Friday 18th August at 7.30pm
Jonathan will be on stage with two other leading authors, Kathryn Evans and David Levithan, talking with chair Daniel Hahn, about how gender shapes novels today, if authors write for a specific gender and how they feel about ‘boys’ books and ‘girls’ books.

Get Creative with Freedom To Think – 11.00am to 1.00pm on Saturday 19th August & Sunday 20th August
If you need a break from attending author talks and sitting still, then drop in for some FREE creative activities inspired by Jonathan’s campaign, Freedom To Think. Try your hand at drawing, crafting, making and modeling – let your imagination run wild! There’ll be lots of astounding activities to inspire your creative juices, including the Great Toilet Roll Challenge!

Tricks and Twists – Sunday 20 August 6.00pm
Jonathan will be interviewed on stage with Sebastien de Castell, author of Spellslinger, by chair person Eve Harvey, on the subject of writing in the fantasy genre.


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

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!


US and UK tours for The Creeping Shadow

Jonathan will be hitting the road later this year, doing events tours in the UK and the US.

The UK tour will run in mid October, and the US tour will happen in mid November.

To kick off the UK tour, Waterstones High Wycombe will be hosting an open signing event on Saturday 8th October at 11am, for anyone who is in the area and wants to meet Jonathan or get a book signed. Call the shop for more details: 01494 838760

Watch this space for details, date and locations of the tours to be confirmed.

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 by clicking 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, Cambridgeshire 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 arrives in the Netherlands!

Jonathan is visiting the Netherlands next week for a three-day tour of the country, visiting schools and bookshops. The tour is 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 will see Jonathan visiting schools in Amsterdam and the Hague speaking to young people about the new installment of his award-winning ghost-hunting series.

There will be a public event as part of the tour, so if you live in or nearby Amsterdam please come along to meet Jonathan:

Monday 1st September at 8pm
Boekhandel van Rossum, Beethovenstraat 32, 1077JH Amsterdam. Tel: 020 470 70 77.

On September 1, 2014, at 8 o’clock, author, Jonathan Stroud will be present for a Meet & Greet at Boekhandel van Rossum in the Beethovenstraat in Amsterdam. Stroud is the author of Lockwood & Co., an exciting and funny series of ghost-buster novels and the next big thing in international children’s and young adult literature. Join us for a night of suspense, humour and truly terrifying spectres! (ages 11 – 16)

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!

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.

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.

BURY ST EDMUNDS, SUFFOLK: 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.

LONDON: 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:

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.


‘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 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:

Final details of Lockwood US tour!

This month Jonathan will fly out to America to travel the country introducing readers of all ages to Lockwood and his trusty colleagues. YOU can come to these events, meet Jonathan and get your books signed. There are some amazing events lined-up – solo shows and also mega-multi-author events – book your seats now!

Here are the details:

Bethesda, MD – Wednesday 26th March, 19:00
Bethesda Public Library, 7400 Arlington Rd, Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Reserve your space here:

Haverford, PA – Thursday 27th March, 19:00
Children’s Book World, 17 Haverford Station Rd, Haverford, PA 19041
Book your seat here:

New York, NY – Saturday 29th March, 13:00
Books of Wonder, 18 West 18th St. (between 5th and 6th Ave.), New York, NY 10010
‘Fantastic Middle Grade Reads!’ - an un-miss-able event with Jonathan Stroud, Neal Shusterman, Eric Elfman, Carter Roy and Kate Rundell all talking about their latest books.
Reserve your place here:

Menlo Park, CA – Monday 31st March, 19:00
Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA
Save your seat here:

Petaluma, CA – Tuesday 1st April, afternoon, 16:00
After school meet & greet, get your books signed and check out Lockwood’s ghost-hunt equipment.
Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma CA 94952
For more information see:

Tempe, AZ – Thursday 3rd April, 19:00
Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85283
Call for a place:

St. Louis, MO – Saturday 5th April, 19:00
St. Louis Public Library, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63131
Don’t miss it! Middle Grade Reader Showcase featuring Jonathan Stroud, Eoin Colfer and Ridley Pearson
Book your seat here:

Boston, MA – Sunday 6th April, 16:00
Dana Hall Girls School, Waldo Auditorium, 45 Dana Road, Wellesley, MA 02482
A mega author event with Jonathan Stroud, Rick Riordan, Eoin Colfer and Ridley Pearson
Buy your ticket now (and it includes a book in the price):

Houston, TX – Monday 7th April, 17:00
Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX  77079
Get your seat here:

San Antonio, Texas – Thursday 10th April & Friday 11th April
One for librarians! Jonathan Stroud will attend the Texas Library Association annual conference, doing events and signings over two days.
Thursday 10th April, 10:00 – ‘Other Worlds’ multi-author event including Jonathan Stroud.
Thursday 10th April, 14:00 – ‘The Graveyard Shift: Building Programs around Mysterious and Scary Books” multi-author event with Jonathan Stroud.
Friday 11th April, 09:30 – meet Jonathan Stroud at the Hyperion Books stand, booth #1640
See the full schedule for the conference here:

Los Angeles, CA – Saturday 12th April, 12 noon
Jonathan Stroud will attend the L.A. Times’ Festival of Books to meet readers and introduce them to Lockwood & Co. He’ll be on stage with two other bestselling authors Ridley Pearson and D.J. MacHale.
Salvatori Computer Science Centre, 941 Bloom Walk (University of Southern California), Los Angeles, CA 90089
Get your ticket here:

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:

Link to Books