There is a wonderful shop, Hara Shobo , in Tokyo where they deal in Ukiyo-e, woodblock prints. They were kind enough to talk for hours about the history, process and stories behind the pictures. The Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art has a big collection of prints, and the Edo-Tokyo Museum has a fascinating display of the printing process. Apart from getting slightly […]

  It is so exciting to get to the Fair and see the walls plastered with illustrators’ posters and cards. Then around the corner is the wonderful Illustrator’s Exhibition. This year’s highlight for me was the work of Park Sekyoung. The Magic Showcase was a fascinating exhibition of 50 years of  BolognaRegazzi awards. It’s so interesting […]

  It was very exciting to be part of the Waterstones Book Prize in March and to listen to Katherine Rundell and Malorie Blackman. Big congratulations to Rod Biddulph who won with his brilliant picture book BLOWN AWAY. .  

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, finishing my second book for Bloomsbury “Robin’s Winter Song” and taking part in several events for World Book Day. Here’s my first radio interview (which I haven’t listened to because I don’t like listening to the sound of my own voice). The Imagine Festival at the Southbank was a […]

I am so excited to have been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. It is especially lovely to be nominated alongside Steve Antony and Victoria Turnbull, classmates from the Cambridge School of Art MA. I wish everyone lots of luck This review by Isabel Popple looks at all the books shortlisted for the award.

After many days of working  on final artwork, it was extremely exciting to be in Hastings selling with Brollylolly at Hifest, with Melissa  and Emma. It was lovely to meet other illustrators and spot Quentin Blake having a look around, I hope it will be the first of many Hifests. I spent all my takings […]

I have been busy making some new work for Elcaf this week. I wanted to illustrate something by Edward Lear and chose The Story of the Four Little Children Who Went Round the World. It has been really fun having a go at something different, (can you spot the Quangle-Wangle?)  

I had a great time reading The Dawn Chorus to children at Wood Festival. Even the very little ones coloured in birds and decorated them with feathers. There was a lot of careful cutting out too. My friend Shirin did a workshop making faces which produced some amazing works of art. It’s a lovely festival […]

Thank you very much to Mostly Books in Abingdon for letting me cover the window with birds to celebrate the publication of The Dawn Chorus. It was lovely to see children decorating the birds to hang in the window. Lots of people dropped in and ended up kindly helping. Thanks very much to Emma from Bloomsbury […]

One of the best things about Bologna is meeting up with friends from the MA. But it is getting even more exciting when I see their books on Publisher’s stands. Some of them began as projects on the course two years ago, and some people (Steve Antony) even had giant panda posters… Elena Arevalo Melville signed her gorgeous “No […]