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The Butterfly Dance

Here is some work in progress from my next book, The Butterfly Dance, which is out on March 9th.         Advertisements

Elcaf 2016

Taking part in Elcaf is an opportunity to make some new work, so this year I had a messy screen printing session on the kitchen table. This year’s great venue was at the Round Chapel in Hackney. Our Brolly Lolly stand was opposite Nobrow and packed with goodies. I came home with Geis by Alexis Deacon and a […]

Hay Winter Festival

After reading Robin’s Winter Song to a lively group of children at Hay Winter Festival, I showed them how to draw a robin. Here are some of the amazing creations.              

Books Are My Bag

I was delighted to take part in the BAMB campaign in October, by reading Robin’s Winter Song at the lovely bookshop Mostly Books  in Abingdon. We made birds and ate cookies. Robin also appears on the 2016 BAMB calendar but not until December.

Woodblock prints and kimonos ; a week in Japan.

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 […]

Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2015

  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 […]

Waterstones Book Prize ceremony

  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. .