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This being the month of all that is goulish and spooky, naturally the guys behind Insert Title decided they wanted their mugs on the front cover. To that end they provided me with head shots of everyone and a list of classic horror movie characters to apply to this (ahem) beautiful bunch. The result was this.. It was a bit of a tight turn around time but I am delighted with the end piece. Get your copy now!

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Forget Aristotle. Forget Kant, forget Nietzsche and Thomas Aquinas. One of the greatest philosophers of all time has to be Dr Seuss. “Oh the places you’ll go” is a handbook for life whether your 7 or 72. This is a little tribute portrait of Theodore Seuss Geisel for a upcoming illustrators ireland collaboration. I had to include some wise words too!

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The Baby Grand Studio at Belfast’s Grand Opera House is now showing the new Pointe Blank collection, inspired by Birmingham Royal Ballets performances of Giselle.

This is a collection of genuinely great work.

A show like this is a great chance to admire the individuality of the artists involved.

Last night the collection was launched in Belfast in the company of contributing artists and an invited audience. It’s now open for viewing by the public.

All the artists involved are members of the Illustrators Guild of Ireland.

The show will also visit Dublin.

It will open Wednesday July 3rd at The Circle Club, Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

My own piece is based on Albrecht the nobleman who disguises himself as a peasant and assumes the name Loys to win Giselle’s heart. The story turns upon the discovery of his sword and hunting horn. These could only belong to a nobleman. His rival Hilarion takes delight in exposing this lie and so causes a split between Albrecht/Loys and Giselle. The story moves into the realm of the after-Iife where revenge and retribution are high on the agenda. Giselle must decide the fate of her one time love…..

Have a look at the Pointe Blank facebook page for more on the story- times for the Ballet and the Pointe Blank Show.

I am hoping to make it to Dublin to see the show in the flesh before it returns to Birmingham. For anyone in the Belfast/ Dublin area, be sure and pay a visit.

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Professional book illustrator Olivia Golden will be giving a course in Cartoons and Comic strips at CTYI in UCC this summer.

The course is suitable for children aged 8-12 years old who demonstrate high academic ability.

It runs from July 1st to 5th, 2013.

To see Olivia’s work visit

http://www.oliviagolden.wordpress.com

For more information on assessment and course bookings visit

http://www4.dcu.ie/ctyi

CTY Ireland aims to allow all talented students to reach their potential both academically and socially by providing relevant and interesting challenges based on ability and interest rather than age.

CTY Ireland was established at Dublin City University in 1992 to meet the needs of high ability students aged 6 to 17 years from Ireland and abroad.

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I’ve always felt very sorry for the fox. It is a much mailgned creature. It features in scores of myths and folklore as the sly and cunning character who cannot be trusted. Cleverness is seen as something to be suspicious of.

In early folklore the fox was considered to be the devils spy. Some suggest this is where the practice of fox hunting began. Farmers chased the fox across their land to rid themselves of the devils influence. In favour of the fox – if you caught a fox with a magic pearl you were in luck.

To see one fox on it’s own is considered lucky…keep your eyes peeled no matter where you live. Foxes love the city just as much as the open countryside. Good luck.

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Whats April Fools all about? There are lots of explanations. Apparently one of the earliest references appears in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (1300’s) , the vain cockrel Chauntecleer is tricked by a fox. These two creatures capture the imagination- here’s my version of their encounter- The escape of Chauntecleer

 

MAJOR NEW EXHIBITION OF IRISH CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATION TO TOUR EUROPE AND IRELAND

Pictiúr, an exciting new exhibition of the work of some of Ireland’s leading children’s book illustrators and which has been curated by Laureate na nÓg, Niamh Sharkey, will visit four venues in Europe during Ireland’s Presidency of the EU, before returning to Ireland to tour.

During March, Pictiúr will visit the Festival for Young Readers at the Palais Auersperg in Vienna, Austria, before moving on to the Bologna Book Fair, Europe’s most prestigious children’s book event. Then, in April, it will visit the European Parliament building in Brussels before moving to the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Ireland’s cultural centre in Belgium. Pictiúr’s European tour is being funded by Culture Ireland as part of its Culture Connects International Culture Programme to celebrate Ireland’s Presidency of the EU.

In the Autumn, Pictiúr will begin its Irish Tour with visits to Draíocht Arts Centre in Blanchardstown and the Babaró Children’s Festival in Galway and before returning to Dublin to begin exhibiting at IMMA, Kilmainham, at the end of the year.

‘We are delighted to have the opportunity to tour the work of some of our finest illustrators, both internationally and within Ireland,’ said Laureate na nÓg, Niamh Sharkey. ‘Showcasing these artists will allow us to demonstrate the range, scope and skill of Irish illustrators and will help to grow our reputation both at home and abroad.’

Pictiúr features the work of 21 children’s book illustrators. Illustrators include P.J. Lynch, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Olivia Golden, Alan Clarke, Steven Simpson and Andrew Whitson. The exhibition will comprise 42 art pieces and will include illustrations from books written in English and Irish.

NOTE FOR EDITORS
Featured Illustrators:

Lily Bernard Adrienne Geoghegan Anita Jeram Donough O’Malley
Alan Clarke Olivia Golden Chris Judge Niamh Sharkey
Michael Emberley Chris Haughton P.J. Lynch Steve Simpson
Tatiana Feeney Paul Howard Oisin McGann Kevin Waldron
Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick Oliver Jeffers Mary Murphy Olwyn Whelan
Andrew Whitson

Pictiúr Itinerary:

AUSTRIA 14th -20th March 2013, Festival of Young Readers, Palais Auersperg, Vienna, Austria

The exhibition will be on show for the duration of the festival in central Vienna.  This annual festival attracts more than 8,000 visitors (schools and families) each year.

ITALY 25th to 28th March 2013, Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Bologna Italy.

The Bologna fair, which celebrates 50 years in 2013, is the most significant international trade fair for children’s books and it attracts over 1200 exhibitors coming from 66 countries and 5000 international professional trade representatives. As such, it offers a unique platform for Irish illustration.

BRUSSELS 9th April – 12th April 2013, European Parliament Building

BELGIUM 28th April – 21st May 2013, The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe

The exhibition will be on show for three weeks in the Leuven Institute.

Irish Tour Autumn 2013
Draoícht, Blanchardstown – 5th September – 5th October 2013

Babaró Festival, Galway Arts Centre – 13th – 31st October 2013

IMMA, Kilmainham, Dublin – December 2013

 

Full biographies and sample images from the exhibition are available on request and curator Niamh Sharkey is available to interview.

 

About Laureate na nÓg
Laureate na nÓg is an exciting project recognising the role and importance of literature for children in Ireland. This honour was awarded for the first time in May 2010 to author Siobhán Parkinson. Illustrator Niamh Sharkey is the current laureate, and will hold the title until May 2014. The laureate participates in selected events and activities in Ireland and abroad during their term and is chosen as a result of their internationally recognised body of high quality children’s writing or illustration and the considerably positive impact they have had on readers as well as other writers and illustrators. Laureate na nÓg is an initiative of the Arts Council with the support of The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Children’s Books Ireland, Poetry Ireland and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The programme is administered by Children’s Books Ireland.

For further information, contact 

Mags Walsh, Director, Children’s Books Ireland on 01/8727475 / 086 605 3888  

or Nessa O’Mahony, Project Manager, Laureate na nÓg on 087 9309670. 

Fainic a Fhiachra, written by Art Ó Súilleabháin and illustrated by yours truly is available in book stores nationwide and online at http://www.leabhar.com

It’s a simple story of a little buy who’s forever getting into sticky situations but by great luck comes away unharmed.

There will be some spreads to follow.

It got a nice space in the Evening Echo a while back- thanks for the mention there guys