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2158 miles: bookshops, exhibitions, friends, landscape and time.

Sitting here now in my studio it’s hard to remember some of the last month. It seems like no time at all has passed, and yet I have travelled 2158 mile, and more to be back where I started. The … Continue reading

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Be Wild Er.

Get a cup of tea, sit back, and listen to Mr Macfarlane talking about The Lost Words. When I was a child there were more sparrows, blackbirds, thrushes. This book is a song of protest in words and paint, a … Continue reading

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Learning

As a book moves out into shops, into the hands of readers, I feel I am learning. I’m a single parent. When my children were young I found it so difficult when books were published and along with the book … Continue reading

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When wren whirrs

Robert asked if I had any film of me painting a piece for The Lost Words. I didn’t. Unlike my usual process much of the work I had done for the book was kept hidden from view until the book … Continue reading

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Questions: about a book

“What is your book?” he asked. At it’s most literal it is two boards between which are pieces of paper bound with a central spine. Contained on the pages are 26 letters of the alphabet, arranged in a certain and … Continue reading

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Where I am, and will be.

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Lost Words, Found Friends.

It seems a long time ago. It certainly is many paintings back in time. Robert Macfarlane and I tentatively began a working relationship around the re-wilding of language. At least I think that is what is was about. I know … Continue reading

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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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