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The Lost Words, Sexism and the Press. The Curious Case of the Lost Illustrator

The Lost Words has been out in the world for a while now. Both Robert and myself were delighted when we heard that it was shortlisted for The British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year, alongside Goodnight Stories for … Continue reading

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The Language of Liquid #3: St Cuthbert’s Otters

First, gild a stone to leave as a gift, then walk, along the path that leads to a beach of stones, a small beach, Aberbach. Here, place a stone in the water, where the fresh rushes down to meet the … Continue reading

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Seven Questions

As an author/illustrator, especially in the field of books for children, we are often asked to go in to schools to talk about our work. It’s wonderful to be asked, and I have learnt so much from children on my … Continue reading

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The Language of Liquid #2

Day began with waking to the call of a curlew, winter on wings, piping in the day. Day began with posting something off, a proposal, for something new, which may happen, but might not. Then walking the hounds. Beautiful horses, … Continue reading

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Time, ink, courage and breathe.

First a thought, carried around all day, then a sketch, swift onto paper. Then calm, breathe, grind the ink with water, for fifteen minutes, setting the sand to run through the timer. Which reminds me, this. Listen to this.  Anyway, … Continue reading

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The Language of Liquid

Evening. Time settles, quiet in the heart, but outside a storm builds. The day was spent inside, working steadily, irritated that even when away from the computer and emails the phone rang, and rang. But work was done, real work, … Continue reading

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Otters, ink, progress; the shape of an otter.

I wanted to gather a romp of otters to see if I was finding the shape of an otter more or less easily. I’ve been practicing with fluid ink, because when I do events I want to be able to … Continue reading

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Without Water

As the world became a little warmer frozen piped burst, and here in Treleddyd fawr it was as if the tiger ad come to tea and drunk ‘all the water in the taps’. Friday evening, I think it was, the … Continue reading

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Conjuring owls

Suffolk Wildlife Trust have a campaign to get a copy of The Lost Words into schools in Suffolk and Norfolk. To support them Robert and I worked on a new piece that will be printed and pasted into the front … Continue reading

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A Survey

In clearing space in my studio, yesterday I found a small notebook. It has a couple of stories in, and something else. I guess I must have been a bit fed up at the time. Perhaps with publishers, who when … Continue reading

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