Author-in-residence

I’m delighted to announce my new role as online author-in-residence for the amazing charity Living Paintings. They are publishers that adapt books, creating touch and see versions for the blind and visually impaired, offering an online library service throughout the UK.

My aim is to post, once a month, a doodle diary on their Wigwam blog. I’ll be chatting about how I go about spending my time writing and illustrating children’s books. I don’t know where it will lead but I hope you drop by and join me over the coming months…

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Summer doodles & Funny Bunnies

A quick update, sorry I haven’t posted for a while (I wonder how many blogs start that way). It’s certainly been a busy time. Last week I finally delivered a/w for the new title HUGLESS DOUGLAS GOES TO LITTLE SCHOOL, which will eventually be published Spring 2015.

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Since then I’ve had year another wee knee operation (that’s four since Jan 2012, but who’s counting). Still, on the bright side, I’ve been working from home, which means I get to sit in the sunny garden and draw silly pictures for the forthcoming series I’m working on with wonderful author Vivian French.

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And while I’m at it, a big thank you to my publisher Hodder Children’s Books for their Congratulations on Publication Day! Today, the two FUNNY BUNNIES board books are available…

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A spread form FUNNY BUNNIES RAIN OR SHINE (a board book of weather)…

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A spread from FUNNY BUNNIES Up and Down (a board book of opposites)…

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Fallen Leaves

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If you get a chance to drop into the impressive Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax, you’re in for a treat; I’m very proud to have been invited to take part in this exhibition by my good friend and fellow illustrator Chris Mould who has curated this event. If you can’t make it then at least check out these illustrators work online – they all have a presence and are definitely worth a look. And a big thank you to Chris, whose work you must look at nowhere!

INTERNATIONAL HUG DAY!

Shaping up for INTERNATIONAL HUG DAY next Tuesday 21st January. (Yes, it really does exist). Here’s one of the images Hodder are producing…all part of the social media onslaught coming your way, real soon! If you sit tight, hold your breath, you can juuuust about here the rumbling…brace yourselves…

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And if that isn’t enough Hugless Douglas for you, he will be one of the World Book Day titles this year. Here I am, doodling for the camera this week, as part of a compilation film of all the WBD authors. We each discuss the thoughts and working methods behind our books.

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The final edit will go up on the WBD website in the coming weeks. Watch out for news of competitions, and events as WBD, 6th March comes marching onto view. More WBD news soon.

Actually, talking of prizes, you can enter a draw to win a large Hugless Douglas plush when you do this Accelerated Reading Quiz from Renaissance Learning.

Lots more news coming very soon…