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The Mackie's Ice Cream cows are completed - and we have a competition winner! Our Jersey cow is called Hilda! :) We had an unbelievable number of entries, and some very lovely names suggested, thank you to those who entered. Here are Hilda and Heather, ready to go to the framers... #hildaandheather
I've finished the cow art work! What do you think? I've been working with Mackie's Ice Cream to creatre a new silk screen edition, it's been a lovely collaberation so far, there's much more to come! The milk from cows just like these makes amazing ice cream! If you would like to win a selection of goodies help us name the Jersey cow! You can enter the competition here: www.mackies.co.uk/friends-of-mackie-s/win-with-...
Exhibitions & News
Norris named by the Sunday Times as one of 100 Modern Children’s Classics of the last ten years
Norris has a fancy new sticker on his cover to celebrate being chosen as one of the **Sunday Times 100 Modern Children’s Classics*. I’m absolutely delighted! Read the ful article here.
FEATURED ARTIST at The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle. Opens Saturday 22nd November 2014
Following the success of my solo show in 2013, I am returning as a featured artist at this amazing gallery. They also have a great cafe which is worth checking out! I’ll be exhibiting a selection of original paintings and silk screen prints. They will also have my books and cards for sale in the shop.
For more information visit www.thebiscuitfactory.com or call 0191 261 1103.
I’ll be at the Edinburgh Art Fair this week with the Atholl Gallery
I’ll have a selection of silk screen prints on display. Pop along - there’s a reall buzz about the event. The last time I went was back in 2005! It werent incredibly well then so fingers crossed for this time! I have a couple of free tickets. Please email me if you woudl like them.
The 10th anniversary EAF takes place this week! Edinburgh Corn Exchange, New Market Road, EH14 1RJ. Doors Open 11am each day Admission £5 Concessions £3. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Under 16’s free if accompanied by an adult.
The Children’s Bookshow: Ilkley
Tuesday 7th October 2014
SMELLY LOUIE - out on 31st July 2014!
I didn’t write this (below) - but it gives you a good idea what Smelly Louie is all about! Fingers and toes crossed he makes you smile…
“Louie the dog has just had a bath - and he is NOT happy about it. He smells all wrong. Determined to get his Special Smell back, he goes on a hunt for it and meets lots of smelly things along the way - a fox, some interesting dustbins and a marvellously muddy puddle to roll in. Will he succeed in getting his smell back? And, more importantly, will he be able to keep it this time . . . ?
Catherine Rayner is the Greenaway Medal-winning creator of SOLOMON CROCODILE and ERNEST. SMELLY LOUIE is full of her trademark humour and richly textured artwork. This funny canine tale will be a sure-fire hit with children and adults alike.”
Avaliable from all good book shops - or click on this link!
Exhibition: Edinburgh Printmakers at ROSL 2014
I’m delighted to be exhibiting a selection of work at the Edinburgh Printmakers at Royal Over-Seas League 2014 show.
The exhibition opened on 11 July and will run until 28 September.
You can find out more about the exhibition on the Edinburgh Printmakers website or call them on 0131 557 2479.
Royal Over-Seas League • Over-Seas House • 100 Princes Street • Edinburgh • EH2 3AB
Upcoming Exhibitions 2014
1st August - 14th September at Moy Mackay Gallery, Peebles. Featured Artist.
6th September - 27th September at The Aubrey Art Gallery, Great Dunmow, Essex. Group show.
13th September - 1st November at The Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright. Group show.
15th November onwards at The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle. Featured Artist.
Exhibition at Cut The Mustard Gallery, Langholm (Southern Scotland)
This is the first exhibiton I’ve had with this lovely gallery. They will have a selection of my silk screen prints and cards. This exhibition will run throughout the summer 2014.
You can find out more about the gallery on their website.
Or call them on: 013873 81180
Mustard Gallery • 52 High Street • Langholm • DG13 0JH
ABIGAIL - Shortlisted for the 2014 English 4-11 Picture Book Awards
Whoop - I’m thrilled! You can read more about the award if you click here…
Exhibition: The Market Place Gallery, Olney, Bucks
I’ve just started exhibiting with this brilliant little gallery. I’m constantly sending new work down and they stock my cards and books. It’s in the lovely town of Olney - well worth a visit!
For more info visit their website or call 01234 241529
My new book ABIGAIL is published!
I’ve been working on this book for a looooong time. It is a story I’ve written and illustrated about a giraffe called Abigail who just loves to count things! It has a surprise fold out ending and lots of little things for little ones to look for inside the book, whilst slightly older children will enjoy the bold illustrations and counting fun!
It’s available in all good book shops. The fist edition has sold out so Amazon don’t have any copies the the moment but it will be John Lewis’ Book of The month in September and smaller book shops should have stock. They will be publishing the second edition in October. Whilst is wonderful that a book has sold out before it’s been released, it’s very frustrating that people can’t get hold of it. If you would like a copy but can’t get one please let me know. I can put you in touch with a book shop that ordered copies nice and early so has stock!
Abigail loves to count. It is her very favourite thing. But when she tries counting Zebra’s stripes and Cheetah’s spots, they just won’t sit still. It’s hopeless! What will Abigail do? A beautiful book by award-winning author-illustrator Catherine Rayner, full of gorgeous illustrations of Abigail the giraffe and her friends Cheetah and Zebra. Abigail is a perfect bedtime read with a stunning fold-out night sky ending. Catherine Rayner is the winner of the 2009 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for Harris Finds His Feet and illustrator and author of Solomon Crocodile and Augustus and his Smile.
‘Krrrr ... okodil!’ PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2014!!
The Dutch edition of my book ‘Solomon Crocodile’ has been selected as PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2014 in The Netherlands by the CPNB.
You can read more about it if you ‘click here’ (Google can translate the page for you if you aren’t fluent in Dutch!)...
Gobbolino The Witch’s Cat
I’ve illustrated one of my favorite children’s classics for a 70th anniversary edition!
The book was written by Ursula Moray Williams back in 1942 and I was delighted when I was asked to re-illustrate the story for this special hard cover anniversary edition. You can buy the book here.
Iris and Isaac WIN the UKLA Children’s Book Award 2012!
At the awards ceremony in the University of Leicester on Friday I found out that Iris and Isaac have won the UKLA Children’s Book Award. I am thrilled! The shortlist was wonderful, with books by Viviane Schwarz & Alexis Deacon, Suzanne Bloom, Chris Wormell, Jeanne Willis & Sarah Fox-Davies. I feel honored that my little polar bears picked up the prize.
For more information visit their website.
Solomon Crocodile Shortlisted for Scottish Children’s Book Award…
I’m utterly delighted that Solomon Crocodile has been shortlisted for this years Scottish Children’s Book Awards, along with ‘Jack and the Flumflum Tree’ by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by David Roberts and ‘The Day Louis Got Eaten’ by John Fardell.
For more information have a look at Scottish Book Trust’s website.