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Last Bank Holiday Monday, I ran a shadow puppet workshop, for Wonderful Beast’s 'Storm of Stories', based in Aldeburgh. Here are some of the pics... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Frances McKay Illustration
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To help celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death The Guardian published my 'How to make a dip pen' in XI acts. It appears in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Frances McKay Illustration
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My new book, Steven Seagull Action Hero, is published today! It’s about Steven, a retired police detective, who’s called back into action for one last... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at Frances McKay Illustration
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I'm delighted to say I have illustrated 'The Boy and the Globe', it's written by the dashing bard that is Tony Bradman and published by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at Frances McKay Illustration
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I'm delighted to have won The Folio Society Book Illustration Competition and a commission to illustrate War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. The result was announced... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at Frances McKay Illustration
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‘The Great Big Sleep’, like most of the stories I write, is semi-autobiographical and inspired by true-ish events. It is a tale of two friends,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at Frances McKay Illustration
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Having just finished two books for Ladybird that I can’t quite sing about just yet, I’ve put my writing hat back on and dug out... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at Frances McKay Illustration
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The children from Irene’s debut picture book ‘Blocks’ having fun opening their Christmas presents. I wonder what this one could be! Published in the UK... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at Frances McKay Illustration
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This is a first for me; I’ve recently completed a sleeve and a label design for a vinyl record. Vinyl! For a child of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2015 at Frances McKay Illustration
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Here is a preview of Dreamer, Bee Willey and poet Brain Moses' forthcoming book for Otter-Barry Books. Janetta Otter-Barry, formerly of Frances Lincoln, has a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at Frances McKay Illustration
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Best witches from Nicola Pontin. Happy hunting from Elys Dolan. Monkey paws galore from Sean Julian And a fright to remember from Alan Marks. Happy... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2015 at Frances McKay Illustration
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In aid of Books Are My Bag an unsuspecting bookshop in Colchester called Red Lion Books let me paint all over their shop window. For... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2015 at Frances McKay Illustration
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The auction of Shaun the sheep brought the Shaun in the City trail to an end. The auction of 126 Shaun the sheep sculptures raised... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at Frances McKay Illustration
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My latest picture has arrived - ‘Bear Can’t Sleep’ written by Marni McGee and published by Little Tiger Press is out on 10th September 2015.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at Frances McKay Illustration
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Today is the publication day for my new book The Mystery of the Haunted Farm. If you like ghost stories and agriculture then this is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2015 at Frances McKay Illustration
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This week I have illustrated Germany's biggest listings magazine cover. They do not usually use illustration for the cover, so it was a special honour... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at Frances McKay Illustration
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Occasionally I get a commission that makes me look up from my drawing board and think about the real world. Through dialogue, Penal Reform International... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at Frances McKay Illustration
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Henning Löhlein gets up-close and personal with world-famous film star Shaun the Sheep, and, no doubt, has some gossip on Wallace and Gromit - but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Frances McKay Illustration
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Last month we wrote that Bee Willey would be running workshops at the Third Felixstowe Book Festival. Focusing on the Ladybird Books story of The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Frances McKay Illustration
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Allow me to introduce myself! I am Nicola Pontin, the newest addition to FMI. I am delighted to be represented by Frances and part of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Frances McKay Illustration
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Hot of the press: "What is swimming there?" will be available from 22nd June 2015. A book without words, following a submarine going from a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Frances McKay Illustration
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Bee Willey will be working for the Felixstowe Book Festival this month and will give mixed media illustration workshops in three schools to celebrate 100... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Frances McKay Illustration
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The Unlikely Outlaws, written by Philip Ardagh, illustrated by Tom Morgan-Jones and published by Barrington Stoke has just been released. Here the brilliantly bearded Philip... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Frances McKay Illustration
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"A luscious blend of cool blues and verdant greens lights up the pages of this poetic picture book, which traces the course of a river... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Frances McKay Illustration
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Hello everyone, As some of you may know, 3 of the illustration horses out of the Frances McKay stable, Henning Lohlein, Donough O’Malley and Sean... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Frances McKay Illustration