Monday, 2 October 2017
Thursday, 21 September 2017
Fantastic surprise to learn that There Is No Dragon In This Story is included in a very short short list for the Ysgol Bae Baglan Book Awards 2018!
Monday, 18 September 2017
I'm very excited that the new Night Pirates theatre production has received such great reviews in The Rose Theatre London! and now they've set sail to tour venues across the UK. Theatre venues and time info here.
Friday, 15 September 2017
Victoria Art Gallery in Bath is currently hosting an exhibition of children's book dragon characters, featuring many well known authors and artists, there's an incredible variety of artwork to view. All sorts of Dragon story related events running through until 8th October. There is even a Dragon Egg Hunt game to follow via a specially created app! I have a couple of original works showing from my latest book:There Is No Dragon In This Story
Who is your favourite illustrator in our Here Be Dragons exhibition? 🐲 pic.twitter.com/ER3pfVZzit— Victoria Art Gallery (@VictoriaArtBath) September 6, 2017
Monday, 11 September 2017
So much to enjoy about this lively show! There are dance routines, singing and actions for the audience to join in with. The atmospheric sets and costumes are as if the pages had jumped right out of the book, which is just amazing for me to see! The characters have similarly sprung to life and there are wonderful new developments here - some with their own songs, a favourite is Capt'n Patch and his objections at having to grow up, very funny. It was a real treat, the rough tough grown up pirates and their snore-grump attitude and especially seeing the responses from the kids to get involved with the actions and dance.
Wednesday, 23 August 2017
The Night Pirates Workshop and Performances!
Saturday, 31 December 2016
there be Dragons...Yes!! Aside from those Dragons in Game of Thrones - I eagerly await series 7 - My latest book with prominent red Dragon will be published in the summer of 2017. There is no Dragon in this story written by the new and dynamic author, Lou Carter. A story within stories, jiggling with delight amidst many familiar characters and one determined Dragon. More smoke signals nearer the publishing date.
A last few meaningful moments from 2016 here....
Many extraordinary people and organisations have been working towards supporting refugees and raising awareness about asylum seekers. Without doubt this year will be one that has shown all too many tragic scenes of families on treacherous journeys to safer lands. Some of these journeys have been documented and illustrated with great poignancy. The Vietnamese - Australian artist, Matt Huynh created these dramatic scenes to tell Nam Le's story in The Boat.
In the recent London Illustration Fair I saw the exhibition Where do we go from here?Amazing line drawings, works made by Nick Ellwood as he spent time in the refugee camps of Calais over the winter of 2015.
One of my fellow studio mates has been busy founding a new fund raising mission for refugees, originally through Calaid and now in the wake of clearing the Jungle in Calais the funding continues wherever food and clothing can be distributed in Europe. The fund is called The Kindness Tree and my small part in this was to design the logo. The Kindness Tree is made possible by creating collection trees in schools throughout the UK. See the little video for more info! I hope to post more about this project next year.
Just to add to the good work, here is a story illustrated by the very talented Sydney based artist Nancy Liang. I've long admired her work which here demonstrates an immersive way of telling Junko Morimoto's story, a survivor of Hiroshima in Junko's Story.
There have also been some triumphs on bringing our attention to old forgotten stories, such as the event organised by a friend about the Ladies Bridge or Waterloo bridge in London. Built by female construction workers during the second world war and here documented.
|Isabel & I as part of the hands across the Ladies Bridge|
This year I visited the Bologna Book Fair! Never have I experienced so many kilometres of books! Simply overwhelming and inspiring I will never be the same and yet might return in 2017.
|So many people|
There was much hilarity and fun in big knickers for Hooray for Knickers with the author(s) Jill Lewis aka Jill and Alison ( we also made Don't Read This Book ).
|Cirencester Literary Festival|
There was hide and seek when Lola visited our studio and resident dog Betty went into hiding!
I built a cardboard treasure chest...
and there were those many school visits
I collected some words that might see me through 2017...