Featured Illustrator:

Mary Hays

Quick fire questions

When is your most productive time to work? 

School hours or when everyone’s asleep.
Drawing item you can’t live without? 

Willow sticks and compressed charcoal
What music puts you in your groove? 

Many kinds but Nick Cave is the most reliable.
Age of child you most love to draw?   Six (last year it was five)
If you were an animal, what would you be?  A sugar glider (a tiny possum that glides from tree to tree at night drinking nectar and eating fruit)
Favourite, yes only one, children’s book of all time? 

My most visually formative book was Burningham’s Borka. (I couldn’t possibly choose one all time favourite)
Illustrator, author from any time you most admire? 

Jon Klassen achieves perfection. (and what kind of world would it be if there’d been no Roald Dahl/Quentin Blake partnership?)

Tale Of An Empty House

Upper Berth

The Fast Way Up

Into The Cave

Moon Lesson

Carry Me

Little Mole Cover

Sofia Dragonfly


Mole Trapeze


Whale Rock



Sad Henry

Blue Wren

Shore Thoughts


Happy Henry