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20th August 2016 - Lollipopman teams up with Churchill Insurance


As part of their recent 'Lollipoppers' campaign, Churchill has been working with me in producing two special editions of the 'Lollipopman' books.  I've revamped the first book for a younger audience - 'Lollipopman: Superhero of the Highway' is now suitable for a Key Stage 1 audience. 'Lollipopman and the Rabbit of Doom' has also been reproduced for the campaign. Some 1000 schools will receive free copies from Churchill at the beginning of the school year. I've also produced teachers' resources to go with the books.  See www.philshepp.com for more info.



2nd February 2015 - 'Discover Doncaster' is out now!

My new book 'Discover Doncaster' is out now.  Here are some reviews:

"Written in a lively, entertaining and accessible style and full of interesting facts guaranteed to appeal to children, Discover Doncaster is an informative and richly illustrated history and geography of the town" - Gervase Phinn

"Lovely little book about a town that's often neglected in the literary world! If your children live in Doncaster, they'll learn a thing or two about their town. And so will you!"
- Amazon customer review

"Excellent content for children, full of facts and very well illustrated - would recommend." - Amazon customer review

“Our pupils (and staff) love this book. It has helped them to learn more about and
celebrate the history of Doncaster. It is great as a guided reader and is one of the
most popular books in our school library! Can highly recommend.”

Helen Harrison, Head Teacher, Woodlands Primary School

“We don’t think there can be many better ways than this to foster an interest in our town’s
heritage among our youngsters.”
Richard Bell, Doncaster & District Heritage Association


You can buy the book from Waterstones, WHSmiths, Tourist Information Centre, Amazon or by e-mailing phil@lollipopman.co.uk



2nd January 2014 - Help me ‘kickstart’ my Doncaster children’s book!


I have written and illustrated a new non-fiction children’s book about my home town called ‘Discover Doncaster’.  I am hoping people will help me get the book published by pre-ordering it through the website ‘Kickstarter’.

Please visit my Kickstarter page to find out more... http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/570563725/discover-doncaster-a-history-and-geography-book-fo







10th September 2013 - Bookaboo Finalist!

I have been chosen as a finalist to be a storyteller on the 'Bookaboo' TV show! Vote for me here. Cheers!


May 2013

Here's a poem I wrote for a 'Save Our Libraries' rally...





7th March 2013 - World Book Day Superhero!

Lollipopman fan Sam Radford went to school today dressed as his favourite road safety superhero! Super costume, Sam!



March 2013 - Performing for Camilla, alongside Horrid Henry author

I reached the final of this year's 'Storytelling Superstar' competition for World Book Day and was invited down to London to perform in front of the Duchess of Cornwall. 'Horrid Henry' author, the brilliant Francesca Simon, was also there, reading from her latest book for local school children. Here's a pic...



February 2013 - Stories at 'The Telling'

I was asked to perform some stories at 'The Telling', a fantastic arts event with a post-apocalyptic theme! Here I am before and after removing my zombie-sheep disguise, performing 'The Princess and the Shark'...





January 2013 - Book Award Poster

Doncaster Book Award asked me to design their latest poster. And here it is...





October 2012 - Toilet block (Fiji) and library (UK) covered!

I spent the summer on a remote island in Fiji, working for Think Pacific. We built a new toilet block for a school, on which I was lucky enough to be allowed to paint my cartoons! Then, back in the UK, I was asked to paint this mural of book characters on the wall of my local library...











29th February 2012 - Storytelling Superstar?


I have reached the final of the World Book Day 'Storytelling Superstar' competition! It is being judged by Children’s Laureate and author of 'The Gruffalo', Julia Donaldson and 'How To Train Your Dragon' author Cressida Cowell.


20th February 2012 - Entertaining Ed!


I was asked to read some of my stories at Waterstones during a visit from Labour leader Ed Miliband today. Here he is enjoying 'The Princess and the Shark' !




1st December 2011 - Ho ho ho at Waterstones!

Come along to Waterstones book shop in the Frenchgate Centre in Doncaster on Sunday 19th December to hear some funny stories and poems, as well as get signed copies of 'Lollipopman' and 'Sheep Ahoy!'.
















20th October 2011 - Charity Christmas cards... out now!


I have designed some new Christmas cards for the road safety charity Brake (see pics left and below).  They do brilliant work campaigning for safer roads and helping those affected by car crashes. Help them out by buying some cards !




19th October 2011 - Sheep Hit at Ilkley!

My latest show 'Sheep Ahoy! On Grassier Tides' proved a hit at the Ilkley Literature Festival. The festival's 'Poet in Residence' Conor Whelan was in the audience:

"
I very much enjoyed watching your piece from the wings. Imaginative, funny and clever, the kids loved it and clearly got conceits such as the poem where the rhyme gets stolen. I liked when the kid couldn't resist saying the next word in a loud boastful voice. The audience participation was as it should be, fun and empowering. And the props and costumes were great!"

Pictured below is the finale, in which audience members put on different 'Pirates of the Caribbean' sheep heads to help me out with a poem...




3rd October - Sheep Ahoy at Ilkley!


I am doing my new 'Sheep Ahoy!' show at the Ilkley Literature Festival at 5pm on Sunday 16th October at the Ilkley Playhouse. After that, I plan to perform 'The Rhyme Thief' at the Open Mic competition... going for the hat trick!


26th August 2011 - Edinburgh Fringe Success!



















Audiences loved my new show 'Sheep Ahoy! (on grassier tides)' with many returning after seeing last year's show, some saying it was the best show they'd seen this year and others emailing me or posting on Fringe forums:

"Wow! What a great show - stand up, singing and some highly original stories and sketches.....the sheep were definitely not asleep. 5* from us, we loved it." (www.edfringe.com)

"Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed your show yesterday. My son went to bed singing Spidernan and has been drawing 'like you' today after reading Lollipopman and the Rabbit of Doom. Good luck with the next book!" (e-mail from a mum)

"Top show at the festival Well worth seeing!!" (Youtube comment from audience member)

"Went to your show today at the fringe in Edinburgh just wanted to say that really enjoyed your show and both my kids did too - they have been going on about it since we left and are really enjoying your books that we got, they are fabulous. Once again just want to say you are FAB!!!! Thank you for a lovely end to a wonderful day." (e-mail from a mum)

"Saw Sheep Ahoy at Edinburgh - absolutely fantastic! Our (very shy) four year old was howling with laughter, joining in with the actions and is STILL talking about it nearly two weeks later. Will definitely be speaking to her school to see if we can book a show!!!" (e-mail from a mum)

Many thanks to all audience members throughout the run for making the Fringe as fun as ever!


5th July 2011 - Flock to see 'Sheep Ahoy!' in Edinburgh says top Festival mag!
















My new Edinburgh Fringe show 'Sheep Ahoy! (On Grassier Tides)' has received a glowing recommendation from leading Fringe magazine 'ThreeWeeks'... and the festival hasn't even started yet! In their e-newsletter today they wrote...

"A show performed by someone called Phil The Shepherd might not be the most obvious choice for your five year old's Fringe viewing, but I think you should take a chance on this. Funny poems and stories, live cartoon drawings, and previously seen and loved by our ThreeWeeks reviewer. And it's free, so you've absolutely no excuse. Well, unless you have an important engagement already inked in for every single afternoon that it's on. But that seems unlikely."

Come and see Sheep Ahoy! for yourself at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival:
Laughing Horse @ The Three Sisters, 4 – 21 Aug, 2.45pm (3.45pm), free!



27th May 2011 -
Waterstones Wakefield


If you're anywhere near Wakefield town centre next Friday 3rd June, please pop in to see me do a few poems from the new book, 'Sheep Ahoy!' at 1pm in the Waterstones book shop. Books on sale too of course! Then I'm on local radio station SineFM from 3:30pm.

                               Cheers!


18th April 2011 -
New live dates announced

I am presenting 'Sheep Ahoy!' over the summer half term break at the Carriageworks in Millennium Square, Leeds (pictured)...

When: Thu, 2 Jun 11
Times:
11:30am & 2.30pm
Ticket prices:

£8 (£6 concessions)
Family ticket: £24 
Telephone: (0113) 224 3801

... as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival over summer:

Where: Laughing Horse @ The Three Sisters
When:
Aug 4-9,11-16,18-21
Time:
2:45pm
Ticket prices: Free

These shows will feature all-new poems and stories... hope to see you there!




11th April 2011 -
New book out now!


'Sheep Ahoy!', my new book of comedy poems and illustrations, is out now.  You can buy a copy from the Lollishop for £5.99 (go to www.lollishop.co.uk).

The book will be officially launched at Waterstones book shop in Doncaster at 1pm this Friday 15th April. Hope to see you there if you can make it!


27th March 2011 - Lollipopman now available in Waterstones!
(well, in Doncaster anyway... but it's a start!)

I am also doing a show in there (Fri 15 April, 1pm). Hopefully I'll have the first few copies of my new poetry book 'Sheep Ahoy!' for sale by then too!


5th March 2011 - World Book Night

Today I was in Waterstones doing some poems for World Book Day and giving away free copies of Phillip Pullman's 'Northern Lights' (as well as a few copies of Lollipopman!).



1st December 2010 - Popping All Over the UK!


I have been touring the UK over the last few months - calling in at towns all over England, Scotland and Wales.

Last week I was in London, this week in Swansea! Here I am pictured with Swansea's Junior Road Safety Officers after performing at their annual gathering!



Monday 18th October 2010 - First Prize Again at Ilkley Festival!



I won the first prize at the Ilkley Literature Festival's Open Mic Competition last night.

I still can't quite believe it. This is the second year that I have won the coveted title and prize money of £200! This year I performed my new poem 'Bipolar Bear'.

This is me pictured second from the left with some of my artwork and the judges, poets Douglas Dunn and Antony Dunn (not related!), as well as the host 'That Poetry Bloke' Craig Bradley.



Sunday 15th August 2010 - Sheep Ahoy! makes National Press







The second day of 'Sheep Ahoy!' (the new Edinburgh Fringe show featuring Lollipopman) again played to a full house... perhaps partly due to three appearances in the national press!

The Guardian listed the show in the 'Top Five Things To Do' in their kids' section. Also in The Guardian, the comedian Laura Salon mentioned the show in her 'My Edinburgh' column:  "I will have to borrow a child so I can take them to see the brilliantly named Sheep Ahoy!"

Elsewhere, The Scotsman listed the show as number ten in their '20 Cool Things To Do With Kids This Summer'.

Show Details

Performances: Aug 14-22, 15:45 (45mins)
Venue: City Cafe, 19 Blair Street, Edinburgh. EH1 1QR
Box Office: 0131 220 0125
Admission: FREE



Saturday 14th August 2010
- Full House on First Day of Fringe!


I performed my first 'Sheep Ahoy!' show today - to a full house of Fringe-going-families!

Edinburgh City Cafe's 120 seats were full of happy customers, all offering excellent comments after the show! The show has already been listed on a blog as one of the ten 'best bets' of the festival... click on the link below to see more:

http://www.sletoh.com/blog/guides/edinburgh-fringe-festival-top-10-free-shows/





Thursday 12th August 2010 -
Exclusive book available at Edinburgh Fringe!

'Sheep Ahoy!', a collection of poems and illustrations by Lollipopman creator Phil Sheppard, will be available after his Edinburgh Fringe show of the same name.

This is Phil's fourth one-man show for the Fringe. For more information, scroll down to the previous news item...

Show Details
Performances: Aug 14-22, 15:45 (45mins)
Venue: City Cafe, 19 Blair Street, Edinburgh. EH1 1QR
Box Office: 0131 220 0125
Admission: FREE






SHEEP AHOY! 
First Kids’ Show on Free Fringe Returns!


In 2008, Lollipopman creator Phil Sheppard hosted the first ever children’s show on the Edinburgh Festival's Free Fringe.

This year, twenty-five other children’s shows follow in Phil’s footsteps to offer free entry - the perfect incentive in these credit crunch times!

Cartoonist, poet and stand-up Phil Sheppard returns this year with his new, free show - ‘Sheep Ahoy!’ - a one-man showcase of comical stories, funny poems, wacky cartoons and live drawings.

This is Phil's fourth Edinburgh Fringe show, which have all proven massive hits with audiences and critics alike...

'A chucklingly inventive show,' (The Stage)

“A fantastic achievement that is truly enjoyable.” **** (ThreeWeeks)

'Gifted cartoonist, livewire storyteller'  (Scotsman)

'Clever gags and wordplay ' **** (Edinburgh Guide)

Show Details
Performances: Aug 14-22, 15:45 (45mins)
Venue: City Cafe, 19 Blair Street, Edinburgh. EH1 1QR
Box Office: 0131 220 0125
Admission: FREE





3rd April 2010 -
Lollipopman and Gervase Phinn
at Book Award Final

Lollipopman creator Phil Sheppard appeared at the final of the Doncaster Book Award this week alongside fellow authors Gervase Phinn (above) and J. A. Henderson.

"Lollipopman was back by popular demand after he brought the house down at our launch in October," said Chair of the award, Lesley Hurworth, "This time he created the amazing artwork ‘Bookie’ the horse and his jockey ‘Frankie De Story’ and he had written a special poem which he premiered live for us on stage in the afternoon."

Phil created the artwork (below), a racehorse made out of books, with local school children to mark the awards' new venue, Doncaster Racecourse. His poem follows...










Right: Bookie the horse!

'Backing a Winner' by Phil Sheppard

As they close the gate
The horses wait
All made of different things
At the horse of books
Nobody looks
Even though inside she sings

Most have no time for her
No one thinks that she’s the best
But she knows imagination
Takes her further than the rest

AND AWAY THEY GO!

A horse made of pancakes with chocolate syrup on the top!
But there’s syrup in the stirrups and the jockey’s fallen off!

Here comes the clothes horse! Could this jumper have the edge?
Oh no, she’s come unravelled - and run into the hedge!

It’s the horse of pints of Guinness - now there’s a dark horse!
But it’s had too many and its staggered off the course!

In comes a horse made of a sofa, then a cantering coffee table!
The horse made of McDonalds food is too fat to leave the stable!

And they’re into the half mile

And the balloon horse has popped,
The clock horse has stopped,
The glass horse has smashed,
The potato horse mashed,
The insect horse has flea-ed,
The Nintendo horse Wii-ed,
The tree horse falls,
The car horse stalls,
The egg horse is fried,
And the paint horse has... dyed!

And they’re into the quarter mile -

Could that purebread of pure bread pip them at the post?
Oh no! A dead heat with the oven horse! Now that purebread’s pure toast!

In the lead the horse of televisions. It seems this one could win
But its stopped in its tracks, its been pulled back!  Haha! Its still plugged in!

Now one horse remains, the pick of the pack
What a pace! What a thrill! Its a paper-back!
Watch it go! Watch it go! Galloping to glory!
Its Bookie the horse - with Frankie DeStory!























Above: Phil at the awards



18th March 2010 - Edinburgh Fringe 2010

Lollipopman creator Phil Sheppard is taking a new one-man show to the Edinburgh Fringe this summer.  

'Sheep Ahoy' will be a showcase of comical stories, funny poems and outrageous cartoons - with chickens, dinosaurs, biscuits, dragons, superheroes, princesses and sharks, not to mention the occasional sheep lost at sea, all caught up in Phil’s whirlwind of gags, silly voices and live cartoon drawings.

Phil's previous Edinburgh Fringe shows have proved an enoromous success with audiences and critics...

'Phil Sheppard is a multi-talented young cartoonist, writer and stand-up comic for kids ... a chucklingly inventive show' (Stage);

'Bright, attractive cartoons and infectious humour' (TES);

'Brilliant fun... a fantastic achievement that is truly enjoyable' (ThreeWeeks);

'Gifted cartoonist... livewire storyteller' (Scotsman);

“Professional quality cartoons and impressive impersonations… Clever gags and wordplay permeate the script…”  (The Edinburgh Guide)



6th March 2010 - Lollipopman Leads Artwork for Doncaster Raceourse

Following his performance at the launch of the Doncaster Book Awards at the town's Civic Theatre, Lollipopman creator was asked to lead a group of local school children in producing an original artwork for the award's final.

With the Book Awards final taking place in a new venue, Doncaster Racecourse, the artwork links horse racing with books and reading. The horse is made entirley out of old books, the jockey out of writing instruments such as pens, pencils and keyboard keys, and the crowd is made entirely out of hundreds of book characters...


                                                         







28th November 2009 - Lolli-News!


A round-up the latest 'lollipop' news from around the country.  Just click on the links below to see the full story...

York reporter does a shift as a lollipop man for Children In Need

Lollipop man introduces pigeon racing to school

CBBC reporter helps out lollipop man

Lollipop man quits over 'too risky' road danger

Lollipop man wins community award   
                                                      
Search is on for Lollipop Person of the Year


18th October 2009 - First Prize at Ilkley Literature Festival!

Lollipopman creator Phil Sheppard won First Prize at the Ilkley Literature Festival open mic competition last night.  He beat off 19 competitors with his illustrated poem 'The Princess and the Shark'.


14th October 2009 - 
Lollipopman perfoms at Doncaster Book Award in "Best Launch Ever"

Around 400 students from Doncaster schools were at the Civic Theatre yesterday to see the launch of the Doncaster Book Awards.  The guests also included Doncaster’s Chair of Council and her Consort:

"A captivating performance and very participative and although aimed at children it certainly captivated the adults in the audience also," commented Councillor Ros Jones "It is brilliant to see such talent working within our Doncaster Schools"

Previous years have seen top-selling authors such as Darren Shan and Derek Landy, but this year Lollipopman creator Phil Sheppard was on hand to launch the awards.  The Awards website gives a glowing review:

"Phil was, quite simply, wonderful. He began by reading some of his very funny stories, complete with illustrations, which soon had the audience in stitches. He then moved on to superheroes and introduced his very own creation, ‘Lollipopman’. The audience were totally hooked!

Comments from Don Valley Students on the way home left me in no doubt as to how much they’d enjoyed themselves, words like ‘amazing’, and ‘mint’ were flying around the minibus, along with assurances that ‘we could hear you and Maureen laughing REALLY loud miss!’

Some comments from Armthorpe students were:


Cecilia and Leah, ‘Lollipop man was a bit nutty but we loved him, especially his song at the end’

Liam and Macaulay loved the ‘super villians’, the cat who stole cat's eyes from the road was good.

James thought ‘his cartoons were amazing’

All in all possibly our best launch event ever!"
















Left: Launching the awards















Left: Some live drawing




20th September 2009 - Brake commissions Lollipopman cards

The road safety charity Brake has commissioned a special set of road-safety-themed Christmas cards from Lollipopman illustrator Phil Sheppard. 

Support the charity by buying your cards from the Brake website.

You can also buy the original cards from the Lollishop.



2nd September 2009 -
SUPER Road Safety Week Offer!


This year's Road Safety Week takes place 23rd - 29th November.

To celebrate, you can now get 5 Lollipopman books FREE when you buy 5 for your school, library or local community.  Visit the Lollishop or e-mail info@lollipopman.co.uk to find out more.

This initiative, run by road safety charity Brake, is an annual event to stimulate community involvement in promoting road safety awareness year-round. Visit www.roadsafetyweek.org to find out more!



                                                          4th August 2009  - Lolli-News!

In a new feature, we round up the latest 'lollipop' news from around the country.  Just click on the links below to see the full story...

Big Brother star honours 'Britain's Bravest Lollipop Man' in Liverpool 
 
Devon lollipop man receives Long Service Award 
 
Isle of Man parents petition to keep lollipop man 
 
Rethink of law may not save Preston lollipop man

'Zebras' stop traffic to protest for new lollipop person in Halifax



7th July 2009 -
A Super Summer with Lollipopman!

This summer, Lollipopman will be part of 'Attack of the Toons' a day-long event in Rotherham.

On Wed 22nd July, 9:30am – 3:30pm, come and hear the story of Lollipopman and Rabbit of Doom told by its creator, Phil Sheppard.  Then make your very own road safety lollipop!

In the afternoon, hear some of Phil's other stories, including the brand new 'Princess and the Shark'.  Then make a brill shark puppet! 

For families with at least one child aged 5-11 years. Places are limited and must be booked.

Please contact Laura on 01709 853395 or pop into The Willow Tree Children’s Centre.








20th May 2009 - Become a Facebook Fan!

You can now join the Lollipopman fan page at Facebook.  Just click the link, sign in to Facebook and become a fan. Then you can see Lollipopman illustrations, show photos, hear the Lollipopman theme tune and receive news updates. You can even chat with other fans!

Click here to join!









13th March 2009 - Loads of Lolly for Comic Relief!


Lollipopman has raised over £240 for Comic Relief with the help of Yorkshire schools.

Groups of Year 6 pupils at Conisbrough Ivanhoe School took part in a the 'Lollipopman Enterprise Project', in which pupils compete in selling Lollipopman books with profits going to charity. A similar project was carried out at Hexthorpe Primary School in Doncaster.

To find out more about Lollipopman shows, workshops and enterprise projects, e-mail info@lollipopman.co.uk

Visit the Red Nose Day site here.



9th Feb 2009 - Lollipopman Up For Award!

Lollipopman has been nominated in the Marketing category of the British Parking Awards 2009. 

APCOA, one of the sponsors of 'Lollipopman and the Rabbit of Doom', used the books to promote the roles of school crossing patrol officers and road safety, putting the project up for the award. 

Other nominees in the category include British Airways and NCP Carparks.

The awards are announced by John Sergeant (pictured right on Strictly Come Dancing) at the Dorchester Hotel, London, on 6 March.



6th Dec 2008 - Leeds Parties with Lollipopman!

The wardens of Leeds will be treated to the Lollipopman comedy show at their annual Christmas dinner - at the Leeds Civic Hall on Monday 22nd December.

Find out more about the Lollipopman show here.



29 Nov 08 - Lollipopman creator & 'Britain's Got Talent' winner to appear at awards












Superhero of the Highway Lollipopman will appear at the Lollipop Person of the Year Awards on Dec 16th.  Winner of this year's 'Britain's Got Talent', George Sampson, will headline the event. 

The hunt for the nation's top lollipop person is organised by Kwik-Fit Insurance, who also sponsored the second Lollipopman book: 'The Rabbit of Doom'.




25th November 2008 - Comical Road Safety Christmas Cards... On Sale Now!

You can now buy these humorous road safety Christmas cards ('Christmas Lights' and 'Warning: Christmas Ahead!') at the Lollishop.

Click here  for a closer look, or go to www.lollishop.co.uk to buy a pack.

E-mail info@lollipopman.co.uk.



14th November 2008 - Road Safety Week is a Winner!

Lollipopman had a great Road Safety Week! He is pictured below at Holy Trinity Primary School in Halifax, alongside Zak the Zebra and a talented competition winner. The school raised a whopping £18,000 for Brake the road safety charity... SUPER!









Left: Holy Trinity Primary School, Halifax




15th October 2008 -
Cartoon Show at Festival


The Ilkley Literature Festival played host to Lollipopman creator Phil Sheppard's new show today.

'The Comedy Cartoon Story Show' features the superhero Lollipopman alongside some of Phil's other creations such as 'Mischief Mirror', 'The Princess Has To Pee' and 'When Biscuits Attack!'.

Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, the show features the usual blend of humorous stories, funny poems, cartoon illustrations and, of course, the Lollipopman theme song!

"Unusual and exciting, with beautiful cartoons and cleverly crafted stories" said Edinburgh Fringe mag 'ThreeWeeks'.

The next stops for Phil's shows are Halifax, Glasgow and Leeds.

E-mail info@lollipopman.co.uk to find out more!








1st September 2008 - Road Safety Week Offer

Many schools and local authorities like to use the Lollipopman books as part of their road safety campaigns. 

This is why this year we have introduced a special Road Safety Week offer: buy 10 Lollipopman books and get another 5 free! 

Offer ends 16 November 2008.

Visit the LolliShop now!




17th August 2008 - An Edinburgh Fringe Hit!

Lollipopman features in Phil Sheppard's new one-man show, 'The Comedy Cartoon Story Show', which has been a big hit at the Edinburgh Fringe.

The show attracted massive audiences, filling its venue every day of its week-long run. The show proved very popular with young and old alike, as well as with reviewers. ThreeWeeks magazine, the biggest reviewer of the fringe, today gave it 4 stars out of five...

"What would you do if your reflection got caught in a mirror? What happened to the Princess when she had to Pee? Phil Sheppard explains through his cartoons in this hour of storytelling. Reminiscent of storybook television shows, the format cleverly kept the interest of even the smallest children by having one story in four parts, and shorter ones interspersed between.

"
The energy generated by Sheppard when telling the stories was massive, and there was quite a bit of shouting, but the effort to bring it all to life was admirable. Unusual and exciting, with beautiful cartoons and cleverly crafted stories, this was brilliant fun for the kids, but outside, it was also the parents who were raving about it."
(ThreeWeeks, Aug 2008)


You can now catch 'The Comedy Cartoon Story Show' at the Ilkley Literature Festival, Sunday 12th October, 1.15pm, Ilkley Playhouse (free).




8th August 2008 - First Edinburgh Review In!

Lollipopman creator Phil Sheppard's new Edinburgh Fringe show received its first review today.

The Scotsman newspaper saw 'The Comedy Cartoon Story Show' on its first day, before a couple of technical hitches were sorted out. Still, the review is pretty good...

"A gifted cartoonist as well as a livewire storyteller, Phil Sheppard's one man show consists of a main story, Mischief Mirror – about a lonelymirror that steals a family's reflections in an attention-seeking cryfor help – interspersed with a few shorter tales. The former isillustrated using a slideshow, while for the latter Sheppard uses hand-drawn pictures on cards.

"The more low-tech parts of his act didn't cause him any problems, but twice the backcloth he was projecting on to for Mischief Mirror fell down, and he had to enlist the help of "a tall member of the audience" to tape it back to the wall. To his credit, he remained resolutely good-humoured throughout.

"Ditto when he tried to name the hero of Mischief Mirror after a little boy in the front row but kept forgetting his name. The kids didn't care – these incidents only added to the hilarity."

See 'The Comedy Cartoon Story Show' at Edinburgh FC, 2.10pm, until Aug 11th.

You can also catch it at the Ilkley Literature Festival, Sunday 12th October, 1.15pm, Ilkley Playhouse.









12th July 2008 - Festival Fun!


Cartoonist and author of the Lollipopman books, Phil Sheppard, will be appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Ilkely Literature Festival this year.

'The Princess Has To Pee'; 'Lollipopman - Superhero of the Highway'; 'Mischief Mirror' ... Phil presents these stories and more in his one-man comedy show.

' ... chucklingly inventive' (Stage)

'infectious humour' (TES)

'truly enjoyable' (ThreeWeeks).

Phil will be signing copies of ‘Lollipopman and the Rabbit of Doom’ after the shows. 

Aug 5th-11th, 2:10pm, Edinburgh City FC, Leith Walk. More info here.

Sunday 12th October, 1.15pm, Ilkley Playhouse



22nd June 2008 - Lollipopman Flying High!

Lollipopman's UK school tour is gathering pace, having just returned from Sherwood Park Primary School in Kent who gave this glowing review...

"Using songs, rhymes, countless jokes and silly voices Phil brought to life his cartoon characters displayed on screen to communicate to our children the very important message of road safety.  He had us all laughing in the aisles with his cartoon characters, whilst at the same time, putting over a very important message about being safe.  The follow up workshops helped to reinforce and bring everything together.  I thoroughly recommend him but be prepared for non stop laughing!"
 
(Jan Davies, School Business Manager, Sherwood Park School, Kent)



Other schools visited recently include Hull Collegiates (pictured above), Park Primary in Doncaster and Edlington Victoria in Rotherham. Next week, it's Sandringham Primary School and Walton Primary School in Wakefield.







22nd May 2008 - Lollipopman on BBC Radio

Writer and illustrator of the Lollipopman stories, Phil Sheppard, will be a guest on BBC Radio Sheffield's 'Drive Time' slot tonight. 

Tune in around 5:50pm to listen, or listen online here.



19th May 2008 - Lollipopman Gets Animated?


Local newspaper The Sheffield Star ran a full-page spread today about Lollipopman creator Phil Sheppard's hopes that his character will get his own animated TV series.

"Artist Phil Sheppard is hoping his answer to Batman will follow the caped crusader onto the small screen" writes the paper.  Read the full article here.



7th May 2008 - Pops Away... All Over the UK!

Lollipopman creator Phil Sheppard's UK tour is gathering pace - with schools in Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Kent, Scotland and Sandringham looking forward to his shows and workshops in the coming weeks.













Phil is pictured above, in full superhero guise, at Hull Collegiates Primary School.  The children are displaying their road safety lollipops from Phil's workshops.

To book a show, e-mail phil@lollipopman.co.uk .



5th May 2008 -
Lollipopman on Radio Scotland


Writer and illustrator of the Lollipopman books, Phil Sheppard, will be a guest on the 'MacAuley and Co' breakfast show on BBC Radio Scotland tomorrow.

Tune in around 10.15am to listen.

(left: comedian Fred MacAuley)



1st May 2008: Popping Up to Edinburgh

Lollipopman creator Phil Sheppard will be performing a new one-man show 'The Comedy Cartoon Story Show - Free!' at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this Aug 5-11.

The show features a selection of Phil's stories, including 'Mischief Mirror', 'The Princess Has to Pee', 'When Biscuits Attack', and of course, 'Lollipopman'.  Phil has performed two previous Edinburgh shows: 'The Ever After Cartoon Show' and 'Lollipopman and the Rabbit of Doom' at the Gilded Balloon.



30th April 2008: Lollipopman has a Head for Radio!

Following news that lollipop people are to wear head-cams to protect themselves from abuse and attacks, writer and illustrator of the Lollipopman superhero stories, Phil Sheppard, was invited onto BBC Radio Sheffield.

Phil discussed the story, as well as his books and tours of schools, with Rony Robinson during his lunchtime slot.

Read the 'head-cam' news story here, or visit the LolliShop to buy a book.


24th April 2008:
Lollipopman on TV!

Lollipopman himself appeared at the Parkex show in Manchester today - where we was even interviewed for local television.

Following the publication of 'Lollipopman and the Rabbit of Doom' this week, the book's sponsor, APCOA Parking, hosted a special launch of the book at the national parking industry trade show, Parkex.

Lollipopman was on hand to give away copies of the new book to APCOA's clients, which include local councils from around the country.

The hero attracted the attention of the trade and regional press, as well as the local television station Channel M, who were keen to get a 'scoop' with a real-life superhero.

Pictured on the left is Lollipopman with APCOA's Head of Business Development, Peter Stickland. APCOA organise much of the country's parking and traffic control and are keen to promote safe roads all over the UK.

'Lollipopman and the Rabbit of Doom' is available now from the LolliShop.






20th April 2008: Lollipopman Book 2 Out Now!

'Lollipopman and the Rabbit of Doom' is available now from the LolliShop.

Find out more about the book by clicking here.




10th April 2008: Lollipopman on YouTube


Visit YouTube to hear the Lollipopman song with animated pics from the first two Lollipopman books.  Click here.

The new Lollipopman book, Lollipopman and the Rabbit of Doom, will be available in a couple of weeks... watch this space!


6th March 2008: Schools get sneak peek at Lollipopman 2 on World Book Day

Schools all over the UK got a sneak peek at Lollipopman Book 2 this week.

To celebrate World Book Day, writer and illustrator of the Lollipopman stories, Phil Sheppard, toured schools with his one-man show... with an almost-completed copy of 'Lollipopman and the Rabbit of Doom' in his hands.

Children at Westholme School in Blackburn, Hexthorpe Primary School in Doncaster and Our Lady of Assumption School in Coventry, all loved seeing the new illustrations, road safety tips and puzzles in the latest Lollipopman adventure (see pics on the left).

'Lollipopman and the Rabbit of Doom' will be available to buy from this site very soon. The book is sponsored by Kwik-Fit Insurance and APCOA Parking, with funding from Arts Council England.

To book an appearance from Phil Sheppard at your school, e-mail phil@lollipopman.co.uk now. 



26 Jan 2008: Children of Robin Hood School help illustrate latest Lollipopman book



The children of Robin Hood Primary School in Wakefield have helped to illustrate the new Lollipopman book (out soon). The children drew pictures of Lollipopman and made up their own road safety superheroes. Their work decorates the wall in the book's illustration above.

Would you like your artwork to appear in the new Lollipopman book? Create a drawing of your local lollipop person and to send it to:

Baa Code Books, 24 Stanhope Road, Wheatley, Doncaster, DN1 2TZ

Deadline 20th Feb 2008.



10 Dec 2007: The Isle of Anglesey gets Festive with Lollipopman!

Lollipopman Christmas cards are proving very popular this year, with many local councils wanting to send out road safety messages for the festive period. 

Bethan Parry from The Isle of Anglesey Road Safety Team, who got some cards specially produced in Welsh, commented:

"The Lollipopman robin cards were ideal for us in Isle of Anglesey Road Safety and were sent to the school crossing patrols, Kerbcraft volunteers, schools, and other road safety groups as well as pupils in our special needs school. They really do stand out as something different in the midst of mass produced cards."

See the range of cards here.



2nd Dec 2007 - Lollipopman creator in New Act of the Year Final

Writer and illustrator of the Lollipopman stories, Phil Sheppard, performed last night at the final of the Other Side New Act of the Year: a nation-wide competition for new stand-up comedy talent. Although he did not walk away with the prize, Phil was delighted to reach the final as he takes his Lollipopman comedy show to schools.

Click here to read a newspaper interview with Phil about the stand-up comedy final.




23rd October - Lollipopman Rides the Airwaves... Again!

Lollipopman writer and illustrator Phil Sheppard appeared on the BBC Radio Sheffield Breakfast Show this morning talking about the new Lollipopman book, out next year. The station got in touch after reading about Lollipopman in the Doncaster Star and Sheffield Star last week.



10th October 2007 - Lollipopman Rides the Airwaves!

Lollipopman fans in Yorkshire should keep their ears open to hear Lollipopman creator Phil Sheppard being interviewed on Real Radio (106-108fm). The interview will be played at various times throughout this week.



7th October 2007 - Coming Soon: Lollipopman Book 2!

The second book in the Lollipopman Trilogy is coming early 2008.

In 'Lollipopman and the Rabbit of Doom' our hero faces a crazed bunny rabbit who  hynotises the children to cross the road in silly and dangerous ways. It's up to Lollipopman to save the day! 

This new book is a shorter story for younger children and will feature more cartoon illustrations and puzzles. With thanks to APCOA, the Arts Council and Kwik-Fit Insurance.

The first book in the Lollipop Trilogy, 'Lollipopman: Hero of the Highway', is out now.



6th October 2007 - Big Draw for Big Lollipop at Barnsley Festival

Lollipopman himself appeared at the Barnsley Festival today with his 'Lollipopman and the Rabbit of Doom' show.

After the show, Lollipopman had to fly, but writer and illustrator Phil Sheppard took over to lead a workshop as part of the UK's 'Big Draw' campaign.

The people of Barnsley helped create perhaps the world's biggest lollipop (left).


To book Lollipopman and workshops in your school or festival, e-mail info@lollipopman.co.uk.



2nd October 2007 - Lollipopman creator in New Act of the Year Final

Lollipopman writer and illustrator Phil Sheppard has reached the final in The Other Side Comedy Club's 'New Act of the Year' competition with his stand-up comedy show.

Phil beat off competition from Scarborough, Whitby, Bridlington, Scunthorpe, Doncaster, York, Hull and Louth, and won the semi-final heat in Grimsby today.

Phil's stand-up show involves jokes, voices, live cartoon drawings and songs. It is nearly, but not quite, suitable for children. For a more suitable children's show, ask Lollipopman himself to come to your school (info@lollipopman.co.uk).

The final in The Other Side Comedy Club competition is on December 1st. The winner gets a trophy, £1000 and bookings throughout Yorkshire.



7th July 2007 - Lollipopman 'Big Draw' at Barnsley Festival

Come and see 'Lollipopman and the Rabbit of Doom' at the All Barnsley Diversity Festival and help create perhaps the world's biggest lollipop!  The stand-up comedy cartoon show will be followed by a workshop where children of all ages can practice their artistic skills as part of the UK's Big Draw event.

Cooper Gallery, Barnsley, Sat 6th Oct 2007. Visit the All Barnsley Diversity Festival website for information.




16th / 23rd May 2007 - Lollipopman on BBC 1

Forget Where's Wally?, it's time for Where's Lolly?

Lollipopman has been spotted in the background of two episodes of the new BBC1 police drama, Holby Blue (see pics below). 

Road safety superhero 'Lollipopman' appears on books and posters that have been used to make the Holby Blue set look like a real police station.  If you spot him anywhere, e-mail info@lollipopman.co.uk and let us know!




1st May 2007 - Loads of Lolly for Brake!

Sales of 'Lollipopman: Hero of the Highway' have so far raised over £1,700 for Brake, the road safety charity.

This money will go towards campaigning for safer roads and helping people who are affected by road crashes.

For further information on the charity, visit their website.

To buy a copy of the book, click here.

Jools Townsend, Head of Education at Brake, says:

“We are thrilled with the fantastic amount Lollipopman has raised for Brake. The money will play a vital part in helping Brake to provide road safety education

"The Lollipopman resources are a fun
and
engaging way of getting crucial road safety messages across to children.”




27th April 2007 - Lollipopman in 'The Leeds Guide'

Watch out for the article shown below appearing in the next issue of The Leeds Guide, on sale 2nd May...






26th March 2007 - Lollipop Person of the Year is Announced by Lorraine Kelly

Pictured below is TV personality Lorraine Kelly with 'Lollipopman' creator Phil Sheppard, Kwik-Fit Insurance Managing Director Martin Oliver, and Bob Band, Scotland's Lollipop Person of the Year 2007.  Well done Bob!




Bob received a trophy, £500 prize money and an original framed 'Lollipopman' drawing by Sheppard, who also performed his stand-up kids' show 'Lollipopman and the Rabbit of Doom' at the event in Glasgow.  Charlotte Hanna, Marketing Manager at Kwik Fit, commented:

"Phil presented his show with incredible enthusiasm and the children were totally captivated throughout. It was a fantastic show that I would recommend to anyone!"



21st March 2007 - This website is quite good... it's official!

www.lollipopman.co.uk has been named as a Top Ten Website hosted by Easily, the web service providers.

This is the ninth best out of thousands of others...  that's right, look impressed!  See the Top Ten here.



20th Feb 2007 - Top of the 'Pops

Lollipopman writer Philip Sheppard was the guest on this afternoon's 'Bob Warmsley Show' on BBC Radio Leeds.

Discussing the cartoon superhero and his role in road safety education, the show also took a phone-in from listeners asking them which superhero power they would choose.  The most original answer received a free copy of 'Lollipopman: Hero of the Highway.' 



8th Feb 2007 - 'Beyond Leeds' Feature

Calling all residents in and around Leeds! Watch out for this month's 'Beyond Leeds' magazine that will feature a full-page spread on Lollipopman, as well as this specially commissioned comic strip...



                               
23rd Jan 2007 - Lollipop Person of the Year Awards

Lollipopman creator Philip Sheppard will be performing his one-man show at the 'Lollipop Person of the Year Awards 2007'. 

The event will take place in Glasgow on Friday March 23rd with the winner receiving an original, framed and signed Lollipopman drawing alongside his or her trophy and prize money.

"When we read the reviews from Phil’s appearance at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival we were sure he would be very well suited to put on a show for the Kwik-Fit Insurance Scottish Lollipop Person of the Year Awards.  We are delighted to invite him to Glasgow … What better way to champion the heroes of our local communities?”
Martin Oliver, Managing Director, Kwik-Fit Insurance


Watch this space for more info, or visit www.bestlollipop.co.uk.

 
 1st Dec 2006 - Christmas cards available now!









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28th November 2006 - New Website Launched!

Welcome to the new Lollipopman website, previously hosted at www.baacode.co.uk.  We hope you like it... let us know what you think (info@lollipopman.co.uk)!