Norse Myths, Book of the Week

Great news today. Norse Myths is The Times’ Children’s Book of the Week (UK). Also Joanne Owen of Love Reading, describes the illustrations by Jeffrey Alan Love as “sublime: foreboding, cleverly scaled and incisively expressive”. In Bags of Books “the strange world of ancient magic, giants, dwarfs and monsters is unforgettably imagined”. Whether you like the US cover (above left) or the UK one, this book is certainly making waves.

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Death Star

I’ve always like this painting of the Death Star by John Harris. The original has been sold but it would make a nice print.

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Olivia at Mainstreet Trading and in Belford

Mainstreet Trading is one of the best bookshops in Scotland and at 7.00 on 6th December they are hosting an event where Olivia Lomenech Gill will be talking about her work. This will include images from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (see above for one – his spots were added later) and more. She will also be showing her work at her studio in Belford, Northumberland, on 9th December, from 2.00 until 6.00. Here’s a short film about her.

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Waterstones Piccadilly Christmas event

Jim Kay will be signing books at a special celebratory Christmas evening at Piccadilly Waterstones in London at 7.00 on 7th December alongside other bestselling writers and artists.

The illustrated editions of the Harry Potter books have been seen on bestseller lists in many countries, and now the British Library exhibition and book “A History of Magic” is also well reviewed and Julian Harrison, the curator of the exhibition will be signing at Waterstones too. The DVD of the BBC programme about the exhibition is available now, and the exhibition will travel to New York in October 2018. 

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A Child’s Christmas in Wales

I hope all our readers have a Christmas as jolly as this. This painting and many others by Paul Cox will be part of the Chris Beetles Illustrators Exhibition which opens this weekend, 2nd December.

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A ‘Magic’ talk at the British Library

Jim Kay and Olivia Lomenech Gill will be speaking about their work for the Harry Potter books at the British Library on 17th November at 7.00. This is to coincide with the exhibition ‘A History of Magic’ currently on show which includes some of their illustrations alongside some magnificent artefacts from the British Library’s own collection. The above illustration is Jim Kay’s Grindylow. You won’t see that at the exhibition but it’s included in the recently published Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

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Jim Burns 2018 calendar


Jim Burns’ calendars are always a treat. If you’d like to order one for yourself just email him at: jim_burns@blueyonder.co.uk

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World Fantasy Award

Jeffrey Alan Love has won the 2017 award for “Best Artist”. And of course he is! Many congratulations to him.

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Fantastic Beasts – on BBC Countryfile

Olivia Lomenech Gill was interviewed by the BBC programme Countryfile for the “Autumn Special”. Her she is, talking about her work in general but also about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Start at 13.18 minutes.

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