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All that glitters

When I was young I had few books. The Orchard Book of British Folk Tales was one. This book of birds was another. I loved this book so much, the illustrations which I would slavishly copy, learning the shape of … Continue reading

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Think of a book as being like a pie.

Ever since I began working on my first picture book 25 years ago I have been learning my craft. When I first began I saw this simply as the art of drawing a story, responding to text, shaping a page, … Continue reading

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The Mill and The Lost Words

A few days ago I posted a tweet requesting that if people wish to buy my books they do it from their local bookshop, please. It struck a chord with bookshops, authors, illustrators, but also drew some negative comments, which … Continue reading

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Mrs Noah’s Birthday.

Today is Mrs Noah’s birthday. Today she is launched out into the world. Here is more about her origins. Mrs Noah quietly goes about supporting what she believes in. She doesn’t argue. The nearest she gets to preaching it to … Continue reading

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Zoology: sending you to sleep with a dream of hares.

It’s late. I should be sleeping. Instead I am thinking of words and hares, and drawings. This haunts me. At Edinburgh Book Festival I bought one book. Listen, to the Brown Hare, by Gillian Clarke. It’s wonderful. May she haunt … Continue reading

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Words and Pictures

The Lost Words, by Robert Macfarlane and myself is done now. Soon it will be released into the wild. As a picture book it is a collaboration of words, images. Both Robert and myself worked closely with each other and … Continue reading

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The Snow Leopard

She’s ten years old this year, The Snow Leopard. First published by Frances Lincoln children’s books. And they sold her to a French publisher, who astonished me with their beautiful edition. You see… ..La Panthere Blanche was bigger, and somehow … Continue reading

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A date for the Diary

On 28th September, at Solva Woollen Mill, between the hours of 1 and 7pm we will be having a celebration of the launch into the book world of Mrs Noah’s Pockets, illustrated by James Mayhew, The Lost Words, written by … Continue reading

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When things are done before the list is written.

Big bales of silage in the fields fascinated me yesterday with their curious reflections. Updated computer frustrated my wishes, but now I begin to fit my head around the changes and all comes together. The White Cat does so love … Continue reading

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Auction for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Every year I donate a piece of work to the small art auction for Acorn Children’s Hospice, run by Sue Lim from Blue Ginger Gallery. This year I will be donating two pieces. On 9th September, in the afternoon I … Continue reading

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