Northumberland Libraries have joined forces with Northumberland Visual Arts to provide an exciting creative programme for The Big Draw Festival this October, giving children the opportunity to create a unique map of their community.

The Big Draw Festival is the world’s biggest drawing festival and in Northumberland children can join Northumbrian graphic artist Daniel J. Weatheritt for a fabulous, fictitious folding map illustration workshop.

Taking inspiration from their hometown and a range of curious found objects children will help to create a giant folding map.

Workshops have already taken place at the library in Ashington, with events at Haltwhistle Library due to take place on Saturday, October 12, Hexham Library on Saturday, October 19 and a session in Prudhoe Library, due to take place on Saturday, October 26. The events are suitable for children aged between five and 11 years old, and children aged eight or under must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

At the end of the programme of workshops each library will have a high quality folded map, illustrating the children’s view of their town, which will be brought together in a beautifully designed and decorated wooden map case.

The maps will then go on tour and provide archive record of the project. For more information visit