Author and illustrator Sally Kindberg has a vast experience of working on books and features, and running drawing workshops for both children and adults in venues as far apart as China and the Outer Hebrides.

Sally has drawn comic strips for a four-book Bloomsbury series, including the Comic Strip History of Space. As her childhood ambition to be an astronaut has not (yet) been realised, she explored the outer galaxies by drawing them. She is the author/illustrator of Bloomsbury's Draw It! series, including Draw It! London, all about one hundred wonders to discover and draw in the capital. FREE! Fantastic Draw It! Activity pack (PDF) to download
Map illustration by Sally Kindberg
During her time as a travel writer, Sally wrote and illustrated a regular column for the Independent on Saturday, sailed on a Tall Ship to Lisbon, and attended Elf School in Iceland. She is currently working on a book in comic strip form, has investigated and drawn the story of gold for the Bank of England Museum, made comic strips for CBBC's Life Babble, and is the curator of a Museum of Dust, which includes samples from the Great Wall of China and Dr. Who's Tardis.

Photograph of small glass bottles of dust that Sally Kindberg has collected for her Museum of Dust
Museum of Dust - on tour...

Dust is fascinating. Apparently, we're all made of dust from ancient stars, once responsible for the elements that make up our human bodies. Can these tiny specific samples in Sally Kindberg's MUSEUM of DUST evoke their origins, of locations, events and the characters connected to them?. The Museum of Dust has previously been exhibited in Falmouth, Cornwall, at the Art Workers' Guild Table Top Museums event, and in 2023, at Swedenborg House, London.

More news about my latest children's books, drawing workshops, travel, work in progress, visits, maps and comic strips
illustration of a dancing easel by Sally Kindberg
Sally Kindberg was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at City & Guilds London Art School from 2018 to 2020.

From current work in progress Stranger, an autographic mystery/memoir

illustration from Stranger by Sally Kindberg

The Hand Book (of hopes and dreams) published by Design For Today launched at ELCAF (East London Comic Arts Festival) in June 2019, followed by a book launch celebration at Swedenborg House

illustration from The Hand Book of Hopes and Dreams by Sally Kindberg

illustration from The Hand Book of Hopes and Dreams by Sally Kindberg

illustration from The Hand Book of Hopes and Dreams by Sally Kindberg

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Sally Kindberg's Draw It! book

Clump, whump, swish and roar! Join giants from the past in Draw It! Dinosaurs. Draw all sorts of prehistoric shenanigans. Warning: this book contains claws, spikes and bones.

Sally Kindberg's Draw It! book

Flap, snap, squawk and wriggle! Draw more than a hundred amazing creatures you never thought you could draw before in Draw It! Animals.

Sally Kindberg's Draw It! books

Sailing your way in May 2016 - Draw It! Pirates. Bad behaviour, mermaids and shipwrecks. With hundreds of stickers. Includes parrots, maggots and the odd marooning

Sally Kindberg's Draw It! book

Packed with info and brilliant things to draw... go treasure hunting, meet a sloth called
Marilyn, view Napoleon's toothbrush, listen to the sound of secret rivers, dress a
Royal corgi and much more... Bloomsbury/May 2014. With lots of stickers!

Sally Kindberg's Draw It! books

Hours of fun, weeks even, with Draw It!, Draw It! Monsters and
Other Scary Stuff
, and Draw It! Christmas. Available now.

Author copies of Draw It! arrive
| Draw It! available to buy now

Sally Kindberg / Tracey Turner's Comic Strip books


The fourth Kindberg/Turner/Bloomsbury Production...
The Comic Strip Book of Dinosaurs

"Sally Kindberg's lovely illustrations grace each page, and the text and pictures have been very well paired together. Each dinosaur has a small speech bubble next to its illustration which either asks questions or provides factual information"

"...humorous and beautifully coloured illustrations make this little
book a delight for children and adults alike..."
The Comic Strip Book of Dinosaurs review on ReadPlus

"...Packed with interesting facts - the illustrations are excellent...."
Creative Steps/Autumn 2012

"...This book is brilliant for dinosaur fans and also for reluctant readers when
they engage with the cleverly drawn and funny comic strips...."
School Librarian/Spring 2013

September 2011

"This book is absolutely crammed full of fascinating facts, interesting trivia and stories
about the world we live in. Even if you find history boring, you will love this book!"
Primary Times (Midlands & Black Country) 'Back to School' issue

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "This is a gem of a book: something that children will
want to read, and parents will want them to read"
The Bookbag

"An easy and enjoyable way to extend knowledge of a subject"
Parents in Touch

"An easy and fun way to get kids interested in history. This book is
packed with facts but in a way that makes learning fun"
Get Set Kids

"This is a fantastic book and I think it would make an ideal Christmas present"
The Bookette


The Greeks are coming!
Stump-scorching, eye-gouging, shipwrecks and baby-eating ... meet Greek gods, monsters, heroes and drop-dead hairdos in The Comic Strip Greatest Greek Myths.
A Kindberg/Turner/Bloomsbury production. October 2010.

"...All the essential myths - plus a few brilliant but less well-know ones -
have been condensed in one hilarious volume.
This fantastic book will be enjoyed by children and adults alike....."
Primary Times/February 2013

Not for the nervous. Dreadful Fates (Tracey Turner/Sally Kindberg/A&C Black. March 2010)
has killer corsets, indestructible monks, bottled brains and over-keen surgeons,
as well as other grisly ends and some very weird funerals.

See lots of whooshy stuff in the The Comic Strip History of Space, featuring the ENTIRE KNOWN UNIVERSE plus some bits we're still not sure about. Night-time will never be the same again. A Kindberg/Turner Production, published by Bloomsbury in October 2009.

See Comic Strip History of Space listed in The Guardian's Top 10 children's books on Space.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ review of The Comic Strip History of Space
on The Bookbag website

The Comic Strip History of the World
A Kindberg/Turner Production
Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books in October 2008

The entire history of the world as it's never been seen before. Includes the most gripping, gruesome and slightly unexpected things to have happened in the last several billion years... with pictures.

Plagues, Wars, Empires, Spectacular haircuts...

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ review of The Comic Strip History of the World
on The Bookbag website

images from children's books written and illustrated by Sally Kindberg

images from children's books written and illustrated by Sally Kindberg

Images from books written and illustrated by Sally Kindberg.
(Barnes & Noble 2007)

images from children's books written and illustrated by Sally Kindberg

Pictures by Sally Kindberg for Foul Facts
by Tracey Turner (English Heritage August 2007)

Book jacket illustration

images from Ghastly Book of Dover Castle

Ghastly Book of Dover Castle published by English Heritage 2006
illustrated by Sally Kindberg, written & devised by Tracey Turner.
illustrations by sally kindberg

Children's illustration for books published by Ɖditions GrĆ¼nd 2006

Book cover for Hair by Sally Kindberg

Hair - Sally Kindberg

(Walker Books, £2.99), ages 6+

Asked why she wanted to write about hair, the author simply said "Because I love it!" Her fascination is obvious from the casually tousled mass of zany information which packs this book, along with her own characterful black ink drawings. For this age-group, the text is unusually long, but it needs to be, because this writer seriously knows her hair.

From historical snippets such as the habit of 14th-century ladies to sit in moonlight to make their hair blonde, to the unappealing add-on that 14m US children have nits, a reader's knowledge of hair is guaranteed to grow to Rapunzel-esque lengths.
Guardian's Children's Books Supplement "Amazing Stories", 4th October 2003

PS Author Sally Kindberg has a purple streak in HER hair...

Quick Flick
Oh, how we love to leaf through a funny hair book, and this offering had us totally hooked. HAIR, by Sally Kindberg, (£2.99, Walker Books) might not be the most adult of reads, but it's full of hair facts and funny quotes. And hey, who wants to be grown-up, anyway? Love it!
19 magazine, January 2004

Sally Kindberg runs short workshops on how to to develop a simple visual narrative using a sequence of frames, speech bubbles and humour. Workshops include an interactive drawing demo. Surprise endings may also be included. Any age (the oldest participant so far has been 60) but mostly aimed at 5 - 11 year olds.

Sally Kindberg Workshops and Events 2023

Royal Literary Fund Bridge Fellow workshops

The Museum of Dust, Swedenborg House, London

Sally Kindberg Workshops and Events 2022

Graphic Brighton, Brighton, May

Canterbury University for Creative Arts, June

The House of Dreams, Swedenborg House, London, July

The Museum of Dust, Falmouth, July

Sally Kindberg Workshops and Events 2021

Swedenborg House (online workshop), London, March

Canterbury University for Creative Arts, November

Pollocks Toy Museum/Fitzrovia Fete, London, August

Sally Kindberg Workshops and Events 2020

Wordsaway, London, February

Horniman Museum (online workshop), London, July

Swedenborg House (online workshop), London, August

Sally Kindberg Workshops and Events 2019

Barnes Children's Literature Festival, London, May

Swedenborg House, London, June

Institute of Physics, London, August

The Swedish Church, London, September

Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Kendal, October

The Guardian reading For Pleasure, London, November

The Guardian Family Art Day, London, November

Swedenborg House, London, December

Sally Kindberg Workshops and Events 2018

Swedenborg House, London, February + short film of the event

The Guardian Reading for Pleasure Conference, London, March

Palmers Green High School for Girls, London, March

Heathmere School, London, March

Picturing Hair, The Library Space, London, June

Shoutwest! Brunel University, London, June

Roehampton Reads Festival, Heathmere School, London, June

Bouncing Off the Wall Graphics Art Fair, London, September

The Guardian Cartoon and Art Family Day, London, Octobe

Swedenborg House, London, October

Sally Kindberg Workshops and Events 2017

City University, London, February

Avondale Park School, London, March

Wembley Primary School, London, March

Artis Teach Meet, London, March

Barnes Children's Literature Festival, London, May

Shoutsouth! London South Bank University, June

Ledbury Poetry Festival, July

British Science Festival, Brighton, September

Half Moon Theatre, London, October

Big Draw Living Lines Festival, Sheffield, October

Swedenborg House, London, October

The Guardian Family Cartoon Day, London, November

Stillpoint Spaces Lab, London, November

Half Moon Theatre Winter Arts Fair, London, December

Sally Kindberg Workshops and Events 2016

Southbank Centre, February

Seven Stories, National Centre for Children's Books, Newcastle, June

Guardian Big Draw, London, September

Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Kendal, October

Guardian Reading for Pleasure Conference, London, November

Sally Kindberg Workshops and Events 2015

SCBWI Graphic Novel Workshop, Amsterdam, February

ABC Bookshop, Amsterdam, February

Southbank Centre, London, February

The Pencil Museum, Keswick, April

Netley Primary School, London, May

Primrose Hill Community Library, London, June

Shoutsouth, South London, June

Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, August

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Kendal, October

Guardian Big Draw, London, October

Wellcome Collection, Open Platform, October

West Dean College, Sussex, November

Croydon International Film Festival November

SCBWI Conference, Winchester, November

Sally Kindberg Workshops and Events 2014

City University, London, February

Jewish Museum, London, February

Bologna Book Fair, Duelling Illustrators (live drawing!), March

Primrose Hill Primary School, London, April

Southbank Centre, London, June

Guardian Big Draw, London, October

Jewish Museum Big Draw, London, October

Sally Kindberg Workshops and Events 2013

City University, January

Space Fiction/The National Space Centre, February

Cartoon Correspondence Exhibition, London, March

Primrose Hill Community Library (London, May)

Fernhurst Junior School (Portsmouth, June)

West Dean College, Chichester, July

Fowey and St Austell Libraries (Cornwall, August)

ABC / The American Book Center (Amsterdam and The Hague, September)
Facebook event - Bloomsbury Publishing

Guardian Big Draw, October

Primrose Hill Community Library, December

Exhibitions 2013

Cartoon Correspondence (London)

West Dean College (Chichester)

Sally Kindberg Comic Strip events 2012

Hong Kong Young Readers Festival, March
(Photos from the event)

Beijing Bookworm Festival, March

Netley Primary School, March

Chichester Writing Festival, April

Brent Libraries Dickens Event, April

Brent Libraries Story Lab, August

Frinton-on-Sea Literary Festival, October
(Photos from the event)

Guardian Big Draw

Bonhoga Gallery 'Cartoon Correspondence' exhibition, Shetland Isles, November

SCBWI Illustrator Masterclass, December

Exhibitions 2012

Cartoon Correspondence (Shetland)


10th September - 12th October 2012
'Meeting Mr Punch', Sally Kindberg's exhibition of photographs and drawings about her meeting Punch and Judy man, Leslie Press, who lived at 148 Gloucester Avenue in the 1930s.

(Photos from the event | Press from the event)

Sally Kindberg Comic Strip events 2011

Kingswood, Elmwood and Paxton Primary Schools, March

Brent Libraries, August

Edinburgh Book Festival, August

Bath Festival of Children's Literature, September
'This event was hilariously funny.' Young reviewer, Bath Chronicle

Shetland Wordplay Book Festival, September

Thinking Outside the Box, September

Frinton-on-Sea Literary Festival, October

Guardian Big Draw, October

Victoria & Albert Museum Big Draw, October

Cartoon Museum, October

Comica Festival 2011, November
London International Comics Festival, Bishopsgate, London

Sally Kindberg Comic Strip events 2010

Birmingham Young Readers May 25th

Hay Literary Festival June 2nd

Chalk Farm Library Space Hop July 24th

Kings Place Music Foundation July  25th

Kentish Town Library August 2nd
(Wonderful drawings by Kentish Town Children - and thank you mysterious
visitor from Jupiter for making surprise appearance. Look forward to
running workshops on your planet soon)

Brent Libraries Space Hop August

Pentonville Prison September

Guardian Big Draw 9th October 2010

Guardian Big Draw 2007 & 2008

Guardian Big Draw Family workshops 2005/6

CURATORS & COLLECTIONS - Cityguide Magazine interviews






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See some of Sally Kindberg's illustrations for the weekly
Guardian Puzzle column here
, and in Pyrgic Puzzles, published
by Guardian Books spring 2007
Small Talk strip by Sally Kindberg
Small Talk - comic strip by Sally Kindberg

Grudge strip by Sally Kindberg
See more episodes of 'grudge'
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