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Made in the UK: or, a very good idea.

The irony is it all started with a ginger cat. You know how something brews away at the back of your mind and then all of a sudden motivation strikes and good things happen? Well, one day, in a bookshop … Continue reading

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In London I……..

…went to the library and saw some dragons.       I talked to lots of children, mostly about dragons, sometimes about cats.                       Mary and I met a pirate … Continue reading

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Mary joins the library

Mary said, “What’s a library?” And I said, “Well, it’s like a big house where there are lots of books. Some people are lucky to have private libraries at home, but not many people. And some schools have libraries. And … Continue reading

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#SummerReadingChallenge and Dragons

On Tuesday the wonderful 3Lanes Courier company transported a whole whyr of dragons from Torquay to Hornsey Library, where they have settled all over the walls and in the windows. The paintings will be there for a while and I … Continue reading

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“When we were we were we were young.”

It is #IBW2014 this week. For those not in the book trade this means nothing. Independent Booksellers Week. So, here is a short story about one, or maybe it’s a book review. Over the last year and a half I … Continue reading

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Desk. Beginning. At the end.

At the beginning of this year’s card for Help Musicians I moved my desks in my studio. I do this sometimes. It’s a restlessness. Something to do with settling in to new work after a long period of working. A … Continue reading

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Mary and the Leopard go to the Circus

Mary said, “What’s this?” And I said, “it’s a very old tin of paints, Mary. From when I was a little girl.” And Mary said, “Yes, but what is this a picture of?” And I said, “It’s a circus, Mary.” … Continue reading

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Deadlines.

For the last two years or so I have worked hard and none stop, producing paintings for Song of the golden Hare, Something About a Bear for Frances Lincoln, book jackets for Robin Hobb’s books for Harper Collins, card designs … Continue reading

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#ThisBook

This book changed my life. I was 14 years old, home from school, avoiding school dinners, watching Pebble Mill at 1. Nicola Bayley came on, painting and talking about her book, Tyger Voyage, written by Richard Adams. I had wanted … Continue reading

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#MyPembsPlace

There’s a # trending around about Pembrokeshire and I was asked if I wanted to join in. #MyPembsPlace I have wracked my brain to try and come up with what was required, a picture, holding up a piece of paper, … Continue reading

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