13 June 2020. Welcome to Cruinniú na nÓg, Ireland’s national day of free creativity for children and young people.
This reading was created to make the book available for all children Ireland during the National Day of Creativity for Children – Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Together with Sligo Central Library, I’m holding an ocean-themed illustration workshop at 14pm, join in for some tricks and ideas on how to illustrate ocean-inspired creatures! We will take inspiration from the book Murphy the Seal.
“Murphy is a happy seal pup living in the wild Atlantic Ocean. One day he’s out swimming with his sister and hurts his eye in a storm. When he wakes up he is an animal hospital. Will Murphy get back to his family in the wild Atlantic Ocean?”
This book is inspired by a real seal rescue and seal release of a seal pup in the village of Strandhill in County Sligo, Ireland when a rehabilitated seal pup was reintroduced back in the Atlantic Ocean.
The Winter exhibition which is organised by artist/illustrator Brian Gallagher hangs at the United Arts Club, Dublin from the 14th of November until the 6th of December. I have two pieces exhibiting. Inspired by the Atlantic ocean and its treasures and meals around the dinner table; The Donegal Atlantic Lobster Christmas Recipe and the Oyster loving Octopus. All Welcome!
Illustration for Queen Maeves Surf Open.
The Irish Warrior Queen, Maeve, is said to be resting in a cairn on the top of Knocknarea. Now, I know you are supposed to look at the waves when you are out in the water. However, I often find myself looking in overland. Especially days when there’s a very particular piercing light over Knocknarea. I think Queen Maeve is looking out for the surfers from up there. Moving far away from home is never easy but the community in this little beautiful place in the North West Coast of Ireland have opened their arms and hearts. May the waves be with you. X
P.S. After requests I have put the prints in the online shop, and you’ll find them here.
The Great Irish Science Book!
For the last couple of months, I have had the pleasure of working with Luke O’Neill, who as it happens, not only is a Professor of Biochemistry in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology at Trinity College Dublin but also super good at explaining complex things! Together we have written and illustrated a book that will take you on the greatest journey of them all. From the very big to the very small travel through the wonders of the universe, the mysteries of the human body, and the tiny world of molecules. A thrilling and engrossing book packed with fascinating phenomena, vibrant illustrations by yours truly, and heaps of fun facts.
Thanks to the team at Gill Books it is now available for pre-order at Easons Ireland & DubrayBooks: www.bit.ly/EasonTGISB and www.bit.ly/DubrayTGISB
“He was, I take it, the most perfect reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen, but as a lover, he would have placed himself in a false position.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
This little bird has just flown off from my drawing room towards the Biennale of Illustration, Bratislava, to be part of the Migrations Exhibition.