The Runaway Chapati!

With Stephen Waterhouse


Tuesday 16th March 2021

Streamed live on Kirklees Libraries’ Facebook, YouTube and Twitter channels and available to watch again whenever you like on catch up via our website.

Join Stephen as he talks about his artwork and his illustrations for “The Runaway Chapati”.

He will read the book, show you his original artwork and then show you how to draw your own runnaway food characters, so be sure to have pencils/pens and paper at the ready!

The session is aimed at under 7s but can be enjoyed but older children and adults too!

Stephen would LOVE to hear from you and answer your questions, so please either e-mail in advance to:

or contact us during the session via Facebook, YouTube or Twitter.

Front cover of The Runaway Chapati
Stephen Waterhouse's Atlases

Meet Stephen:

I graduated from Loughborough University in 1998 and have been working as a freelance illustrator for over 20 years. Originally from Kirklees, I now live in North Yorkshire, England and am very passionate about creating colourful artwork for children’s books, cards, jigsaws, posters, magazines and Advent Calendars for clients in the UK, Europe and the USA.

The Runaway Chapati was the first book I illustrated, many years ago. I love sharing it  and showing you how to create bright, colourful characters and pictures.

One of my favourite illustration  jobs is to work with Fairtrade Chocolate producer, Divine Chocolate to illustrate their chocolate Advent Calendar, which I’ve done for the past 14 years.

I’m also especially proud of my three atlases…My Pop-Up World Atlas, My Pop-Up Atlas of People and My Pop-Up City Atlas, which I created for Templar Publishing. I believe it is so important to introduce children to different places and cultures around the World, so I’m grateful to be able to help with this, through these books, which are designed for 6-12 year olds.

You can find out more about Stephen and get in touch with him here:


Twitter: @SWIllustrator

Instagram: stephenwaterhouseillustrator


*Stephen’s regular website will be back up and running again soon, it’s just being upgraded 


Photo of Stephen Waterhouse

Watch Stephen’s LAL! session here:



Watch Stephen’s introduction here: