Following my inclusion in the Golden Pinwheel young illustrators exhibition I was asked by Gallery LeewiART if I would allow my work to be printed in a book aimed at the Chinese market. Just 2 speedy years later the book arrived on my doorstep and to my surprise my work is featured on the cover!
How wonderful to see this work being used, it was created for my portfolio, to try a new style and chance my hand at some competition entries. It’s great to see it living it’s best life *cover star* out there in China!
My entry to the Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2018 was shortlisted and featured in the beautiful catalogue.
The theme of the competition was ‘tangled tales’ and my entry depicted a tall ship with many colourful sails and flags, reflecting our tangled identities and patriotism.
It’s finally here, my book ‘Monty + Sylvester: A tale of everyday superheroes’ is available to buy, watch out world!
I had a book launch party on Friday evening to celebrate and was joined by my lovely friends and family, the venue was Chapter One books in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, a fab venue that supports local authors with events and readings, they also sell amazing cake!
I got to practice my book signing but managed to take hardly any photos as I was too busy, I didn’t even manage to eat any cheese from the buffet, most disappointing!
Thanks to everyone who came and particularly a big thanks to Frances and Izzy from Hachette!
I have just about recovered from my trip to Bologna Children’s Book Fair, my 4th visit to the fair.
It was great to catch up with publishers and fellow illustrators, I celebrated The Bright Agency being 15 at their drinks party and had a meal with the Hachette children’s rights team and other author/illustrators. It was a great show, once again incredibly overwhelming, the sheer scale of the halls and the number of illustrators walking them is incredible. This year I felt I made the most of my trip for the first time, meeting with my publishers and getting to know them better. Also talking to other illustrators who were feeling equally overwhelmed! I’m still squeamish about getting my portfolio out for people but did at least show it to my publisher this time, better than last year when I didn’t even open it!
I saw my new book on the Hachette stand, which will be released in April 2019 and picked up a mini version of my superhero steps, made for promotion of my first book.
My work was also exhibited as part of the Silent Book Contest, my wordless book ‘Take one pass it on’ is one of 9 finalists, the winner will be announced in May and be published by Milan based publisher Carthusia Edizioni.