Shoo Rayner spoke at one of the discussions we convened and has no formal association with Cumberland Lodge. We do not pass on the contact details of past speakers and cannot always forward contact enquiries. 

Shoo Rayner has written and illustrated over 180 children's books. He writes series readers for newly confident readers and his books are particularly loved by boys. Titles include the thrilling Axel Storm, marvellous Monster Boy, vivacious Viking Vik, rollicking Ricky Rocket and wonderful new retellings of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories.

When he is not travelling the world entertaining and teaching children in schools and libraries, Shoo lives in the mysterious Forest of Dean in England. His website is at and his video drawing school is at

May 2018