Are you ready for the 2019 Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival? Take your pick from what's on offer..

A taste of previous festivals can be found in the gallery or past event pages.

Programme 2019

Throughout April in The Parade Shopping Centre ‘Animals on the Loose'
1st April – 5th May, a migration into Theatre Severn, Frankwell. Free entry from 11am.

Cartoon Exhibition – ‘The Lizards of Oz and Other Creatures’
An exhibition of Australian cartoons on the theme of animals. In the Manby Bowdler Gallery & Theatre Bar.       Also has a selection of work by students from Shrewsbury College Group.    

Festival Cartoon Exhibition – ‘Drawn To Be Wild’
9th – 27th April Bear Steps Gallery 10am to 4pm, daily. Admission free.
A selling exhibition of animal cartoons by some of our best professional cartoonists. Come & buy a cartoon or just get some laughter therapy!

Mythstories presents…
th April Shrewsbury University Centre, The Guildhall, Frankwell.
10.30am to 1.00pm Workshop for young cartoonists £2.00 per person (limited to 15 places for young cartoonists aged 14 to 25, under 16s should be accompanied by an adult (no charge for adult) – booking essential via this link to tickets ) 

auca MythstoriesL’auca del Fouke le fitz waryn”
Work with cartoonist Graham Higgins to create a Catalonian-style comic strip with verses from Michael Rosen’s poem about the real Robin Hood who hailed from Shropshire’s Whittington Castle.

2:30pm to 4.00pm “Beware Cartoonist At Work” a drop-in open studio, where you can watch Graham Higgins put the finishing touches to the comic strip. This is free and open to everyone.



Cartoonist Talk; Steve Bell
Friday 26th April, 7.30pm
The Guardian's Steve Bell will share his lifelong close-up study of 'Political Animals', from Tarzan Hesletine to Leopard May on Friday 26th April. Tickets are £10 and can be booked online via this link. A donation will be made from the event to Guide Dogs UK.
Cartoonist Talk; The Wolf of Baghdad
Sat 27th April 11am
Cartoonist The Surreal McCoy (Carol Isaacs) presents a preview of her audio-visual graphic memoir based on her Iraqi-Jewish family’s memories of their lost homeland.
The Wolf of Baghdad explores themes of displacement, refugees, identity and belonging.
After presenting an excerpt of the work, Carol will give an illustrated talk on the making of it and take questions from the audience in a Q and A.
Tickets can be booked online via this link.


Cartoon Workshops
Saturday 27th April, times vary, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

All ages can have fun improving their cartooning skills!
This year you can choose from; a strip cartoon workshop with Beano and Private Eye regular Zoom Rockman, an exploration of the world of cartooning with Fintan Fedora author/cartoonist Clive Goddard, or an animal cartoon masterclass with Radio Times caricaturist Jonathan Cusick. More info here including links to purchase tickets. WORKSHOP TICKETS ARE SELLING FAST- Book now to avoid disappointment!

Cartoonists live in the square
Our main day of live cartooning is on the 27st April 2019, The square.
Our team of live caricaturists will again be ready to capture your natural majesty with their pens.