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Hifest and book signings

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 […]

Getting ready for Elcaf

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?)  

Wood Festival

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 […]

Illustrated window

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 […]

Back from Bologna

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 […]

Winnie-the-Pooh in New York, and The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter.

Last week I saw the real Winnie-the-Pooh with  Piglet, who is actually very small, and Tigger, Kanga and Eeyore  in the New York Public Library, where they now all live. The “Pooh dolls” as they call them have been at the library since 1987 and were a gift from Milne’s American publisher. They were on […]

Paris – books, illustrators and household gloves

I went to Paris this week. I am always on the lookout for old paper so the first time I came across Au Petit Bonheur La Chance in the Marais I was lost for hours. This shop is heaven, crammed with old pencils, pens, vintage Christmas wrapping paper, and best of all, old unused exercise […]

AOI Illustration Awards at Somerset House

I went to see the AOI Illustration Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, there are some  lovely illustrations and some  fascinating ones like Mitch Miller’s dialectogram of a showman’s yard in the East End. Lesley Barnes poster for The Museum of Childhood is  beautiful and took me back to images from books I used to take […]