Illustrators / Photographers / Etc.
Born in Blackburn in 1907, Alfred Wainwright left school at the age of 13. A holiday at the age of 23 kindled a life-long love affair with the Lake District. Following a move to Kendal in 1941 he began to devote every spare moment he had to researching and compiling the original seven Pictorial Guides. He described these as his 'love letters' to the Lakeland Fells and at the end of the first, The Eastern Fells, he wrote about what the mountains had come to mean to him:
"I suppose it might be said, to add impressiveness to the whole thing, that this book has been twenty years in the making, for it is so long, and more, since I first came from a smoky mill-town (forgive me, Blackburn!) and beheld, from Orrest Head, a scene of great beauty, a fascinating paradise, Lakeland's mountains and trees and water. .....
Kevin Walker runs popular mountain navigation courses from Crickhowell in the Brecon Beacons and Betws-y-Coed in Snowdonia.
Simon Warner lives in a farmhouse under the edge of Haworth Moor. He is a widely published photographer of the British landscape. The books he has illustrated include National Trail Guides. To visit his webiste click here
Steve Weatherill studied at Hornsey Art College and the Royal College of Art. A freelance cartoonist and illustrator, he created the Rat Race cartoon for the Financial Times. He is the author of the successful Baby Goz series. Steve regularly tours schools, libraries, festivals and bookshops with his popular Baby Goz show.
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Linzi West lives and works in her studio in an ancient Tudor house by the sea in Lyme Regis. She lives with her husband Danny who helps to run her gallery and shop, The Mermaid, her son Joseph who is the inspiration for many of her book illustrations and two cats Pebble and Shrimp who steal the show. Linzi paints and illustrates portraits, cards and children's books.
Bruce Whatley is one of Australia’s best-loved and most-respected author–illustrators. Bruce has illustrated over forty books to date, including the enormously successful and award-winning Diary of a Wombat, written by Jackie French, and its companion volumes.
Olwyn Whelan was a newspaper cartoonist and graphic designed before becoming a freelance illustrator. He goal is to produce timeless books that children will treasure for life. She has illustrated many children's picture book collections, including Celtic Memories, The Mermaid of Cafur and The Barefoot Books of Princesses (all Barefoot Books). Olwyn lives in Ireland with her husband and two children.
Annie White's childhood was spent jumping waves on the beaches along the Great Ocean Road, climbing very tall trees and drawing endlessly at the kitchen table. Today, Annie has graduated from the kitchen table to a wonderful big work room, full of light and overlooking a giant liquidamber tree. She has illustrated over fifty books for children and lives in Melbourne.
John Wilkes was born in 1936 at Reigate in England. After studies in Ancient History and Archaeology at University College London and the University of Durham, he taught these subjects in the Universities of Manchester, Birmingham and London. At retirement in 2001 he held the position of Yates Professor of Greek and Roman Archaeology at University College London. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and of the Societies of Antiquaries of London and Scotland, and is Honorary Vice-President of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies. .....
Bee Willey, illustrator of Celebrity Cat has illustrated many books for children, including Dancing Jane, written by Andrew Matthews, which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award. She lives in Ipswich, Suffolk.
John's illustrative background is in visual storytelling. He has worked as a storyboard artist for film and animation companies, as a comic strip artist for Marvel comics, on workshops for BBC Blast and BBC RaW programmes, in schools on visual storytelling projects and illustrated various educational publications including books on Drama and History. His work has appeared in various countries including America, Australia, France and Japan. .....
Sophy Williams attended the Central School of Art and Design and Kingston Polytechnic studying Graphic Design. Since then she has illustrated many award-winning children's books. She lives in Bradford on Avon.
Bob Wilson manages to write and illustrate with equal brilliance. He is the author of the famous Stanley Bagshaw series and other picture books. He lives in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, although he is also to be found in France.
KEN WILSON MAX was born in Zimbabwe in 1965. He studied art in Harare, Zimbabwe before coming to England where he studied Design and Print Planning at the London College of Printing. He worked as a designer in both London and Zimbabwe. Ken has worked at Orchard Books and the BBC as a children's book designer and was appointed Assistant Art Director at David Bennett Books. Since then he has worked as a freelance designer. .....
Andrew Wilton is Visiting Research Fellow at the Tate Gallery, London
Susan Winter was born in South Africa and graduated from Natal University before becoming a social worker, first in South Africa and later in London. After the birth of her second child, she studied illustration at Chelsea School of Art, and began a new career as a freelance illustrator of children's books.
Gillian Wolfe CBE is Director of Learning and Public Affairs at Dulwich Picture Gallery, one of the most renowned private collections in the UK. She also works as a freelance consultant, and has lectured all over the world. Her previous art books for children include My First Art Book, winner of the Parent Choice Silver Honour Award, USA; and Art Activity Book and Children's Art Book, both winners of the Gulbenkian Prize for Best Museum Publications of the Year. .....
Jakki Wood studied graphic design at Wolverhampton Polytechnic. A successful author/illustrator of children's books, she lives in West Malvern, Worcestershire. Her books for Frances Lincoln are Hole in the Road, Animal Parade, Baby Parade, Noisy Parade and Number Parade; March of the Dinosaurs, Bumper to Bumper, Deep Blue Sea and Fiddle-I-Fee.
Award-winning photographer Steven Wooster specializes in the photography of gardens and plants. He lives in London.