Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Illustrated Voices

An historic day, watching the Chilean miners being brought to the surface one by one, like something from an episode of Thunderbirds – amazing stuff.

On a more mundane, but personally gratifying level – I found out earlier that the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) are holding a competition to illustrate  the stories featured in the 2010 Undiscovered Voices anthology. Hopefully a couple of artists will choose Fifteen Days without a Head – it would be fascinating to see someone else's interpretation of the story.

The artwork will be displayed and judged at this year's SCBWI Conference and the deadline for submissions is November 6th, with a place on the Illustrator Masterclass as the prize. Full details here. I'll post some of the illustrations next month, if I can get the artist's permission. In the meantime, my gang here have had a go.


  1. Love your gangs front covers. Great facial expressions in the drawings and who came up with the cockroach quote? Is it taken from your book?

  2. Thanks Paula. I particularly like the hooked-nosed lady coming out of her flat – very Gerald Scarfe! Yes, the cockroach quote is taken from the book. In fact, it was the opening line in one of the early drafts. I like it, but I doubt it will be used as the tag line for the cover as there are more representative quotes. It will be interesting to see the actual designs when they're done. Do you know when the artwork for Celia Frost will be ready?