I'm a Leeds based illustrator of children's books. Particular passions of mine include drawing monsters, cats and anything a little bit gruesome or icky!
I've been illustrating professionally for about 10 years. I also work in schools with children and young people on a variety of different creative projects – this gives me lots of inspiration for drawing and story ideas.
What are you working on at the moment?
I've been illustrating a hilarious and genuinely lovely series by Steve Hartley called Danny Baker Record Breaker. It's about a boy called Danny who likes to break unusual, and usually slightly disgusting world records, including worlds loudest armpit fart and spottiest bottom (ahem). The books were published after Steve was included in SCBWI's 'Undiscovered Voices'. I was asked to illustrate them a bit further down the line.
If you had to recommend just one children's book you've read in the last year, what would it be?
I really liked Emily Gravett's 'The Rabbit Problem', all the tactile 'touch, feel and read' elements and pop up pages of hundreds of rabbits made me smile. It's also a genius way of discussing the 'birds and the bees' with children (or I imagine it would be anyway!)
What is the most important thing you learned about writing or illustrating this year?
1. Task avoidance does not actually help you get any work done.
2. To avoid wasted time show your ideas to people rather than 'perfecting' them in private for too long.
3. Make some time to do draw/write for yourself, not always for commissions
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I love the Danny Baker books, a fantastic concept and so well done.
I'm the Regional Advisor for the North East Group and you'd be very welcome to join us. We meet up in York regularly. I'll send you an invitation. Lynne Chapman is in our group and we have a few people interested in picture books, I'm one of them, so it would be fantastic to have you with us.
I love The Rabbit Problem too, I bought it for my daughter for Christmas, she's thirty but a lover of pb's.
Anyway, I'll go and send that invite. Welcome again, Maureen
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