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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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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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