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Welcome to the Writing Process: An Author/Illustrator Blog Tour

My talented friend and former art school classmate, Maryann Cocca-Leffler, invited me to share a bit about my writing and illustrating process as part of the ‘Welcome to the Writing Process: An Author/Illustrator Blog Tour’ (thanks, Maryann!). We are also part of a vibrant online community of children’s book illustrators and I’ve been in awe […]

By |2017-05-20T12:29:01+00:00June 30th, 2014|About My Books, Illustration, My Current Projects, News, Writing|Comments Off on Welcome to the Writing Process: An Author/Illustrator Blog Tour

Inspiration and Aspiration 2014

Yellow Rabbit ACORN webHappy Second Half of January! By now we’ve all had plenty of time to assess 2013 and make wishes for 2014. Here are a few things I’ve been thinking about.

Top creative experiences in 2013:

Launching two new books for children and young people. In May […]

By |2017-05-20T12:29:01+00:00January 17th, 2014|About My Books, Inspirations, News|Comments Off on Inspiration and Aspiration 2014

Open Studios 2013 at East Street Arts

IMG_0600I had all my creative hats on during a variety of ESA Open Studios events over the past four days: artist, illustrator, writer, workshop leader and even ‘advisor’. It all kicked off on Thursday night with the launch party for ‘Cache’, a small exhibition […]

By |2017-05-20T12:29:01+00:00October 21st, 2013|Events, News|Comments Off on Open Studios 2013 at East Street Arts

Excess Baggage

Jill Maden (Photo by Teresa Flavin) Jill Maden (Photo by Teresa Flavin)

A rollicking ride around Australia with motorcyclist Jill Maden.

I’ll remember the summer of 2013 as one of the more hectic in my adult life. Not only have I been busy talking about my new book, […]

By |2017-05-20T12:29:01+00:00September 27th, 2013|Books and Publishing, Inspirations, News|Comments Off on Excess Baggage

A rather momentous change.

IMG_0026I’m writing this from my new studio in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Yes, Leeds! After many happy years in Scotland, we took the plunge and moved the whole kit and caboodle to lovely Yorkshire, including all these fabulous stones and shells I’ve collected in my travels. It […]

By |2017-05-20T12:29:02+00:00August 8th, 2013|News|Comments Off on A rather momentous change.

Art inspired by The Blackhope Enigma!

I’m really pleased to post the winners of Whitburn Academy’s S1 Art Challenge! In May I spoke to all the first year pupils about The Blackhope Enigma after they had read the first four chapters in class. I was asked to set them an art challenge that day and I proposed an illustration inspired by […]

By |2017-05-20T12:29:02+00:00July 9th, 2013|Inspirations, News|Comments Off on Art inspired by The Blackhope Enigma!

My new websites!

It’s official! I have two new websites that are linked under one umbrella – or should I say tree? It’s taken months to get all the materials together for my new author site and to update my illustrator site, but I think it was well worth the effort.

It’s wonderful to have the sites ready in […]

By |2013-04-19T18:01:39+00:00April 19th, 2013|About My Books, News|Comments Off on My new websites!