My career has been in children’s literature. My first job was working for an inner city library service telling stories to children. Some my own stories some traditional tales and some using the best picture books of the time. I was able to have some of my stories published. Alex’s Bed. Alex and Roy. Jilly You Look Terrible….and many more. Charlotte Firmin http://www.charlottefirmin.co.uk, Joanna Stubbs and Meena Jamil doing the illustrations. .I still tell stories and run craft/bookmaking workshops for children and adults. My output never matched what I could get published so I began making my own books. I soon realised the potential for very personalised books and books with such intricate construction that they could never be produced commercially. These I would now describe as Artist Books.
Producing more than one or two copies by hand was limiting so I took up Lino cut printing. It offers the opportunity to make multiple copies and there is something about the simplicity of the images that I enjoy. I make personalised commemorative books and bound collections of lino prints
In recent years I have studied book binding. My early work was very cheaply and unprofessionally produced. I now consider my books are made to a high standard.
In even more recent times I have self published several books for children and a biography.
- Self published books including: I HAD ALL THE LUCK IN THE WORLD. A biography of my uncle who was born in Hove Sussex in 1918. It describes Hove at that time and his experiences as a ‘Private’ during the Second World War.
- Picture books: IT’S A HARD LIFE BEING A TWIN BABY, RED ADMIRALS and GERM. Plus a re-issue of ALEX AND ROY with illustrations by Charlotte Firmin.
ALEX AND ROY
This is a re-issue. It is a story of the ups and downs of friendship.
This is a book that can be read from either end telling each twin’s story.
This is a book I wrote to commemorate my mother’s life.