Irene gained her first degree in Graphic Design and Illustration from Glasgow School of Art, and has been designing all sorts of things ever since, from corporate identity, marketing and websites to interior graphics and stained glass, as well as creating her own range of bespoke wedding stationery.
She’s now enjoying a new path creating picture books having recently gained an MA in Children’s Book Illustration with distinction from Cambridge School of Art.
She lives in the beautiful rural county of Herefordshire, with her family and very old cat.
Emma was brought up in a family of artists and from as far back as she can remember she has wanted to be an illustrator. She studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and has worked extensively in advertising, editorial and book illustration. I LOVE MY MY MUMMY, written by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Emma, won the Booktrust Best Book For Babies award in 2010. Among Emma’s favourite things in life are surfing with her kids, punctuality and Scrabble. Things she cannot abide include heights, paté and children who complain that they are bored. ‘How can you ever be bored,’ she says, ‘when you can always draw a picture?’
I’m thrilled to be coming to Nosy Crow because the people there really seem to understand the sense of humour in my work. They laughed their heads off at my book Weasels and anyone who can appreciate a tale of woodland creatures and megalomania like that are people I want to work with! Also it’s thrilling for me to be joining the ranks of some other Nosy Crow author/illustrators that I really respect, such as Nadia Shireen and Leigh Hodgkinson, who are so talented it makes me feel a little bit unwell. All in all, it’s a dream come true and I’m so over-excited I may have to go for a little
S. E. Durrant
S. E. Durrant has wanted to be a writer since she was a child and has always squeezed writing in around the edges of her life. She spent her childhood in Scotland before moving to Leicestershire when she was twelve. She studied Fine Art (painting) and then travelled widely before settling in south London. She has taken on many jobs including working on a stall at Covent Garden market, selling paintings in Venice and teaching art to children. For many years she worked on research bids at the University of London. She now lives in Brighton with her partner and two teenage children, all of whom are taller than she is.