Behind the Book with Daniel Duncan

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Fresh, new author/illustrator, Daniel Duncan’s debut picture book, SOUTH, was warmly received at the recent book launch with US based children’s publishing house, Abrams — held at The Bright Emporium. The story is calm and gentle, the illustrations full of depth and emotion. Already proving to be a hit, and with fantastic reviews, we thought it might be an idea to ask Dan to join us for a Storytime Sunday. So before the event, which will be on Sunday 2nd July, here’s a little more about the talented Daniel Duncan…

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Thorkild’s Song Artwork by James Gifford

Phosphor Art's James Gifford was recently commissioned by Oxford University Press to illustrate Thorkild's Song by Rudyard Kipling in his signature Graphic Novel style. The poem is from The Puck of Pook's Hill, originally published in 1906 and is sung by a Danish seafarer hoping for wind. We're looking forward to receiving our copy of the book with the text on James' gorgeous illustrations. For now you can read the poem below...

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Retrospective exhibition of Gary Blythe

Very exciting news! A long awaited and comprehensive and retrospective exhibition is being held at The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum in Birkenhead.
Gary Blythe the renowned children's book illustrator and Kate Greenaway award winning artist will be showing just some of his many famously  beautiful oil paintings from The Whales Song and other award winning and best selling books  - Book covers, quirky paintings, and  personal paintings, and text illustrations will adorn the walls of two rooms.
The exhibition being held next door is that of Henry Moore's ... Well worth a visit.
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“Water can be…”

We are delighted to show you the wonderful illustrations by Violeta Dabija for the book 'Water Can Be..' published by Millbrook Press, a division of Lerner books. Violeta's gorgeous and atmospheric art, full of imagination and warmth, shines through in this beautifully produced publication, which is a delightful, poetic exploration of all the wonderful things that water brings us.. whether that be a thirst quencher, a kid drencher, a cloud fluffer or fire snuffer! This is the follow up book to 'A Leaf Can Be...' and Violeta is currently working on the third book in the series, so stay tuned for news on that one!

Violeta Dabija is represented by The Organisation

 

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Frances Castle: Interactive Games for The Mary Rose Museum

Frances Castle was commissioned by a new media design agency to illustrate two interactive games for The Mary Rose Museum. Built alongside HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the new state-of-the-art museum houses Henry VIII's famous warship and many of the 19,000 artifacts which were recovered with it from the sea in 1982. 52,000 visitors have already flooded through the museum's doors since it opened on 31st May!
Frances had to illustrate objects and characters for 'What's for Dinner' which gives visitors a chance to choose the menu for a crew of over 500 men and officers. She also designed a fun shooting game called 'Foil the French' featuring four different types of guns with different firing ranges – visitors are set the challenge to disable the enemy ships in order to capture them, not to sink them!
Frances Castle is represented by Arena
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People’s Promenade Paving

Hannah Megee

Hannah Megee has been commissioned by Broadbent Studio and Wyre Borough Council to design a paving slab to sit at the base of a new sculpture on Cleveleys' award-winning 'People's Promenade'. The resulting piece has images and text inspired by 'The Sea Swallow', a children's book illustrated by Hannah last year in association with the same project. She says "The images also show a granite relief of another of my book illustrations depicting two sea swallows in flight."

Hannah Megee is represented by Illustration Ltd

 

Kristyna Litten: Mr McCool Published

It's not often that you get a brief which asks you to design a bear equivalent of Ray Winstone with the swagger of a chain-smoking cockney for 7 to 9 year olds! Kristyna Litten rose to the challenge and came up with this brilliant wrap-a-round cover for Mr McCool, published by Egmont this month.

Kristyna Litten is represented by Arena

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