Hello! I’m Anne
As a child my favourite books were the ‘Famous Five’ series by Enid Blyton, ‘The Secret Garden,’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and an ancient copy of ‘Pinocchio’ published a long time ago by Birn Publishers. I still have Pinocchio although its cover is held together with tape and there are very few pages left. As a child I loved this book so much because the pictures were so full of life. The illustrator (unnamed) gave such expression to each character that they leapt off the page as real personalities. When I left school I wanted to go to art school but having taken ‘A’ level art a year early I was too young to study for a degree.
I became a teaching assistant at a primary school for a year until I was old enough to study at Camberwell School of Art in London. I got my degree in Graphic Design specialising in illustration and then did a year’s teacher training. Afterwards I taught art part time in schools as well as illustrating.
When I was a student I was very much influenced by artists such as Carl Larsson, Arthur Rackham, Aubrey Beardsley and Maurice Sendak. My favourite contemporary author/illustrators are Oliver Jeffers and Anna Kemp.
I won the Times Educational Award for ‘Tournaments’, a beautifully written book by Richard Barber on medieval tournaments.
Apart from books I’ve illustrated for magazines, designed posters for Cambridge University Press and drawn a full page illustration for ‘Cash’ (a German Financial Newspaper). I’ve exhibited at the David Paul Gallery (Chichester), The Cork Gallery (London), and the Chris Beetles Gallery (St James, London).
Presently I’m interested in developing as a writer of picture books as well as illustrator.
The thing I find most difficult as a writer is keeping a grip on the length of my story! I spend a great deal of time cutting out chunks of writing. This I find quite scary as I tend to think ‘am I cutting out the best bits!’ My friend Dinosaur Jim is an excellent writer…please read the texts he sends me every week.
My other passion is playing bridge. My husband and I run a bridge club in Battersea. I learnt to play bridge after a serious illness. Apart from painting and drawing it was a wonderful aid to my recovery.
I am also a member of the Society of Authors and Illustrators.
My published work
When I illustrate, I get through a huge number of putty rubbers and pencil sharpeners. While I’m drawing and painting I listen to Radio 4 or BBC Sounds. I especially enjoy the drama programmes.