Earlier this month, 'Atlas of Adventures' won the 2015 Educational Writer's Award - the UK's only award for educational writing! The award was presented to myself and Rachel Williams by Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State for Culture, at the House of Commons' Winter Reception.
It was such a surprise and honour to have won, and a really nice way to round off the year! Thanks again to ALCS and the Society of Authors for a great evening, and for all their support of the book. Click here to read more about the awards, and here to see some more photos from the night. You can also read a short interview I did for ALCS about the making of 'Atlas' and winning the award here.
All the shortlisted books on display at the House of Commons
Back in August my latest book, 'Atlas of Adventures Activity Fun Pack' was published.
The book features 15 colouring-in spreads of different things to see and do around the world (including 7 continent maps), and is packed full of fun facts! It also comes with a large pull-out reversible poster, plus a sheet of adventure stickers. Some photos of the book can be seen below:
A selection of colouring-in pages
Reversible A2 poster: a world map & world flags!
Adventure stickers to help customise your map...
This was another great project to work on with the team at Wide Eyed Editions. 'Atlas of Adventures Activity Fun Pack' is out now in bookshops around the UK.
Last month I travelled to Berlin for the opening of 'Atlas der Abenteuer' at the Krumulus gallery & bookstore. Below are a selection of photos from the exhibition. A BIG thanks to everyone who came, and to Anna at Krumulus for organising the show - I had a great time!
The exhibition is on until the end of August, so if you're based in Berlin do pop along! More info can be found over at www.krumulus.com
Krumulus window display
View of the gallery inside
Different suitcases full of adventures!
Some of my original sketches and paintings from the book
Children's drawing workshop: showing how to re-create characters from the book
Live music: singing songs from around the globe
Signing copies of 'Atlas der Abenteuer'
You can also read a recent interview I did about the making of 'Atlas of Adventures' and life as an illustrator over at: www.wideeyededitions.com/blog
Hello folks! Next weekend I will be in Berlin to celebrate the launch of the German edition of 'Atlas of Adventures', published last month by Kleine Gestalten.
The bookshop & gallery Krumulus will be exhibiting a selection of big prints from the book, alongside some of my original sketches and paintings. The illustrator Ulrike Jensen will also be exhibiting work from her wonderful book 'Mit dem ABC durch Berlin'.
If you're based in Berlin do come along to the opening on Saturday 6th June - it would be great to see you there. There'll be live music, plus printing & drawing workshops with myself and Ulrike. More details of the exhibition can be seen below...
Bis bald! xx
With pencils and paper I travelled half the world and painted and wrote about fascinating places. I will be showing my suitcases full of images and souvenirs at the Krumulus exhibition:
ATLAS OF ADVENTURES
>> AROUND THE WORLD IN 8 SUITCASES <<
Come to the opening party on Saturday 6th June 2015, 12.00 - 15.00.
Or on another nice summer's day until the 29th August 2015.
Hello all! Here's a quick round-up of my news from the past couple of weeks…
First up was the awards ceremony for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, held on 26th March. It was a great event - really lovely to meet everyone at Waterstones & celebrate all the shortlisted books. Big congrats goes to the winner Rob Biddulph for his book 'Blown Away'! Unfortunately I was too busy clutching a glass of prosecco most of the night to take any photos, but here's a few I managed to collect afterwards:
All the shortlisted books on display at Waterstones Piccadilly
The children's book category, featuring 'Atlas of Adventures'!
Rachel and I with all the other shortlisted authors & illustrators
Next, my trip to Bologna! Last week me and my good pal Helen Hancockstravelled to Italy for the annual Bologna Children's Book Fair. It was my first time at the fair, and (after the initial shock of just how HUGE it is) it was great to immerse myself in so many wonderful children's books and illustration from around the world. Here are some of my photos from throughout the week…
Arriving at the fair / Helen pondering the jam-packed 'Illustrator's Wall' / lovely exhibition by Catarina Sobral, winner of the 2014 International Award for Illustration
Fab new books at the Wide Eyed Editions stand!
A day of sightseeing: climbing Bologna's landmark Asinelli Tower / the view from the top / a rejuvenating spritz (plus Helen's lethal gin cocktail) / Piazza Maggiore / Bologna's hidden canal on Via Piella (the 'mini' Venice)
The amazing Libreria Per Ragazzi in the centre of Bologna - a whole shop devoted to children's books! / spotted inside: Helen's first book 'Penguin in Peril', and the Italian version of 'Atlas of Adventures'
Some of my Bologna Book Fair purchases, including books from two of my new favourite publishers Planeta Tangerina (Portugal) & Topipittori (Italy) / a selection of great patterned endpapers by Élisa Géhin, Bernardo Carvalho and Olga Capdevila
Very excited to announce today that 'Atlas of Adventures' has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize! It's a great honour to be nominated, especially alongside the other wonderful books in my category. You can take a look at the full shortlist here.
A big thanks to Waterstones for the nomination. Watch this space!
Earlier this month I was asked by ELLE Collections magazine to create some stickers for their latest issue. The theme was 'Fashionimals': fashion people as animals! My three illustrations can be seen below - see if you can guess which designers they're meant to be!