• Summer Update

    Along with half the planet, I’m officially melting here at O’Connell HQ – even typing seems to be a huge effort! However, here are some bits of recent news…

    • I had some library posters made after receiving a number of requests. If your school or public library would like one then let me know. They’re size A3 and there’s a space for a message/autograph too.

    • In the Autumn, Archie Budge transmogrifies into Arthur McBell in the Dutch version of The Chocolate Factory Ghost (The Secret of the Sweet Factory) – here’s the cover! I’m guessing McBell rhymes with karamel, as there’s no Dutch version of fudge! It’s been translated by Sandra Hessels who also translated Monster & Chips, so I know it’s in safe hands.

    That’s all! I’m thinking of having August away from the internet as best I can – I expect I won’t be able to resist popping up on Instagram and Twitter occasionally, and my next newsletter comes out at the end of the month too, but otherwise I’m going to focus on some writing and brushing up my illustration skills. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

  • CBC Writing & Illustrating A Picture Book Course

    If you’ve ever thought about writing or illustrating your own book, then Curtis Brown Creative have launched a series of online courses for aspiring picture book creators. They asked me and my fab friend and Jampires co-author Sarah McIntyre to help come up with content for three courses: one for writing (me), one for illustrating (Sarah) and a combined course offering material from both of us.

    When I quit my day job to work in children’s books I spent a long time floundering around: I was completely clueless as to how to go about it. We’re passing on our experience so you don’t have to make the same mistakes and can get on with being creative.

    There are detailed notes and accompanying video content, creative exercises and mentoring, all to help you make your picture book idea a reality. The courses start in October, so sign up now at the CBC website.