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Pam Royds on Grasmere , 1971 with Sally Christie, children’s author and daughter of Philippa Pearce. I was just twenty two when I fir...

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My blog is about writing and illustrating children's books which I have been doing since 1974. www.gillianmcclure.com has all my books. I also have another blog: www.paulcoltman.blogspot.com where I publish my father's poems.

Monday, 17 March 2014


A few years ago I did a residency at Wisbech St Mary’s Primary School and out of it came a flood story. We had been looking at old photos of the 1947 Cambridgeshire Fen floods. One of the pupil’s grandfather remembered those floods and his reminiscences fed into the writing and stories we were working on during the residency.
It was pictures like this of incongruous things floating in the flood that inspired some of the images in my picture book Flood though I was careful not to include anything too human floating around.

 Instead, I tried to create the surreal beauty of nature gone topsy-turvy:

I was working on these pictures this winter against a back drop of all the flooding in the south west of England. It was quite a submerging experience and now the book is complete I’m relieved to be back on dry land again. 

1 comment:

  1. Those are very beautiful pictures, Gillian! I look forward to the book.