Monday, 5 August 2019

Primadonna Festival 30th August-1st September

Primadonna Festival is for everyone interested in literary delights! There's an amazing line up of authors, speakers, poets, writers and performers. Panels of experts discuss everything from AI to gender to writing biographies. There will be workshops for the budding writer and comedy to entertain and of course there's music. Live bands and many other activities for families. I'll be running a workshop event called Phoenix Island. All ages welcome to get involved in a creative discovery...just what does live on Phoenix Island?? We'll be in sunny Suffolk and more information can be found here:

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

New for 2019

You're Not A Proper Pirate Sidney Green! is a proper adventure by talented author Ruth Quayle and published by the much admired Nosy Crow.
There are many action-packed double spreads throughout which gave me a chance to play with a slightly graphic style.
Familiar as I am with drawing Pirates and parrots, this story was another challenge to illustrate as I wouldn't say drawing diggers and racing cars are my strong point! So I was a little worried when a digger was to feature on the cover and then a racing car on the back! I'm sure there will be some digger experts to guide me when I take this book to school classrooms over the coming year. Look out for those comparisons later!

Friday, 21 September 2018

Dragon included in nominations by the amazing St Helens Libraries

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Perfect translation

There's something so very satisfying about the perfect translation. Especially when that language can express even more concisely the sentiment of the story. What fantastic titles! 
Princess Swashbuckle sails to Portugal and France...

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Princess Swashbuckle Activity Pack

A suitably Swashbuckling and free activity pack is available here to download!
Test your skills with fun puzzles, spot the difference and dot-to-dot. Colour, sprinkle sparkle and decorate Princess Swashbuckle's dress as she leaps to the Grand Frog's Ball.

Friday, 27 July 2018

Princess Swashbuckle launches August 8th!

Adventurer and ship's Captain, Princess Swashbuckle, gathers a loyal crew for surprising missions on the high seas in author Hollie Hughes cleverly crafted story.
I loved creating the characters in this book - and there are plenty! - even though we begin with froggy characters we soon leave the palace in Frogland to encounter all sorts of animals in far off places. Offering skills and friendship on their journey, Princess Swashbuckle steers her crew on a new course. This is no frilly princess stuck in a tower waiting to be married off to any ol' frog prince. She has a vision....!

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Free books for eager readers

I'm supporting Bookgiving Day 

Every year 1000's of books are donated on bookgivingday to international children's charities, refugee sites, school libraries, nurseries and community halls. 
It is a simple and wonderful gift that can brighten any space and give delight to any child. In past years I've given to doctors/dentist waiting rooms, nurseries and cafes.
I have more books to give away this year! If you know of a library, school or cause please get in touch. I have lovely picture books, novelty and early readers in english. ALSO hardback foreign editions I would gladly pass on in most european languages!
Please contact me by 14th February 2018 via the blog comments or tweet me @debbieallwright for worthy recipients.
Thank you.