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,…

History and Art: the Perfection of the Imperfect.

History has always played an important part in my artwork – from learning traditional sign-writing to researching historic costumes for children’s books to working in an antique print gallery in Dorking when I was 18 that truly started my fascination with maps. As part of The ‘Walking Through Time’ project (for Mead Gallery at Warwick Art…

Hope Rock – an imagined island of ‘Archipelago’

2019 is the 300th anniversary of the first publication of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, a tale of a shipwreck, a desert island and a man fighting to survive a strange environment with the help of a local islander, Friday. In celebration of the anniversary, a new book has been published. ‘Archipelago; an Atlas of…