Inspiring Young Readers

posted on 29 Sep 2017

An Interview with Ros Asquith

The Letterpress Project has asked authors and illustrators to think about what has inspired them as artists, what their favourite books are and how they relate to their audience - we've also asked them if they themselves are book collectors.

We are thrilled to present an exclusive interview with the writer and  illustrator, Ros Asquith. Ros was a cartoonist for The Guardian for 25 years. She called herself Jim until she was five and thought she was an Apache chief until she was seven. She has stroked a wolf, caught a tarantula and cuddled a tiger as well as painting murals in seven countries and many children’s bedrooms. She now prefers doodling and has written and illustrated over 90 books including the best-selling Great Big Book of Families, Alien Schoolboy and Teenage Worrier series, published in 18 languages.

She is currently cartoonist-in-residence at UCL/H. 

She has her own website which can be found on this link:

You can read her interview for us here  (oh, and by the way, she's included some original drawings for us too!):