How to Hide a Lion 

How does a very small girl hide a very large lion? It's not easy, but Iris has to do her best, because mums and dads can be funny about having a lion in the house.

Luckily, there are lots of good places to hide a lion - behind the shower curtain, in your bed, and even up a tree. A funny, heart-warming story about a very special friendship.

In this event with Helen Stephens expect live drawing, reading from her books, drawing games and dressing up!

Age: Under 5s

Helen Stephens is a prize-winning author and illustrator, who lives on the Northumberland coast. Sold in nearly twenty languages world-wide, there are now 4 books in the How to Hide a Lion series. 

Book Now 


  • Babies under 1 go FREE (must have a ticket). Under 12’s to be accompanied by an adult. Concession rates apply to under 16’s only.
  • Please note that a handling charge of 50p per ticket applies to bookings made in person or over the phone. No handling charges apply to online bookings.
  • Carers qualify for free ‘essential companion’ tickets. Wheelchair spaces are limited, please call the Box Office on 01434 652477 to book (booking fees will not apply).
  • To read Hexham Book Festival’s privacy notice please Click Here

Saving Mr Hoot: Sometimes the smallest people make the biggest difference

Helen’s new book Saving Mr Hoot is a warm, funny and inspiring story which shows how we can all help protect the wildlife that lives all around us.