Walking with Dickens – a map of the Thames.

The mist hangs above the dark water in layers of yellow and grey and all you can hear are the muffled bells of a 10 o’clock Sunday and the rhythmic splash of dipping oars.  This is the world of Dickens’ Thames – a world of prison ships and opium dens, of ferrymen and thieves, damp…

Seckford Hall Hotel – editing stories on a map.

Seckford Hall is a beautiful Tudor mansion set in incredible countryside near Woodbridge in Suffolk.  It’s now a large country hotel with restaurant, pool and spa; my clients asked me to create a map of the hotel, grounds and surrounding area for the guests.  As usual, I researched the area online before I started and,…

Mapping the River Don.

One of the many projects that have come to me after Hand Drawn Maps hit the shops was a commission by The River Don Millowners’ Association. They needed a map of the River Don for a small publication about the history of the association and its philanthropic works. History and nature. Right up my street….

I wrote my first book!

I have illustrated many books before but a few weeks ago I delivered the first book I have both written and illustrated to the publishers. Not only was writing it a first, but it was also about maps and for adults – another couple of firsts.  It was a total unknown for me and what…