Getting my Hands Dirty: Mapping a Rewilding.

Let’s face it. Things are fairly tough out there right now so I thought I’d write you a good news story. Here goes…. When I’m working, I often sit in my studio and listen to the radio. Before these times of chaos, when the virus took up less immediate headspace, I used to become frustrated…

The Healing Properties of Green.

A short post this month due to a crazy workload and struggling with yet another cold as I look out of my grey arch of a window. I’ve been blowing my nose now for a straight 48 hours despite the pints of hot water, honey and lemon and not feeling a whole lot better. There…

Mapping Rugby – Where sport, art and history colourfully collide.

Rugby is a place I have never been to. Of course, I’ve heard of the game of Rugby, although, with shame, I can’t say I’ve ever bothered to understand it.  I’ve also heard of the iconic Rugby School, one of the most historic and expensive establishments from which you can receive an English education. Both…

The year circles and ‘Manger’ is republished for Christmas.

One of the first posts on this blog, back in December 2014, was about the publication of ‘Manger’ – a book of illustrated poems and prayers coming from the voices of animals crowding around the manger on Christmas night. It’s always been one of my favourite books so I was extra pleased when I learnt…

The Star Dreamer: a dark and mysterious tale for Christmas.

When I was a child there was always something special about receiving the perfect gift book in the bottom of my stocking on Christmas morning. They were tiny and fully illustrated and you could read them within the hour – a little jewel of writing twisted together with rich illustrations that created a moment of…

‘His Dark Materials’: Creating an Alternative World.

The evening darkness drops down like a cloak earlier and earlier as Autumn rolls in.  And this is certainly the time to stay by the fire and be entertained by stories on the page or screen.   Wrap up warm, settle down and let yourself be taken away with tales of other worlds, of talking creatures,…