An Evening with Jackie Morris and Cathy Fisher – Illustrating Childrens Books
Jackie and Cathy are both exceptional artists, best known for their work illustrating children’s picture books, other people’s and their own.
Join them for an evening looking at how their work has developed over the last few years, leading the revolution in the quality of the books that are published for children – yet which are remarkable works of art that defy easy categorisation.
Taking their work together on the newly published ‘The Panda’s Child’ as their starting point, Jackie and Cathy will explore their different journeys to where they are now, enjoying a level of acclaim that is extremely unusual for illustrators generally, and children’s book illustrators in particular.
Jackie and Cathy will discuss how they work, with plenty of illustrated examples.
Was born in Birmingham in 1961. Her family moved to Evesham when she was four. As a child she was told that she couldn’t be an artist, but despite this she learned to paint. Morris went to High school at Prince Henry’s High School in Evesham and afterward the Bath Academy of Art.
On leaving college she found work in editorial, illustrating magazines like Radio Times, New Statesman, New Society and Country Living. She worked for years illustrating books and in 2016, she was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal for Something About a Bear.
She lives in a small house by the sea in Wales, painting and writing
Cathy Fisher is an author and illustrator. She grew up with eight brothers and sisters in Bath and has been a teacher and practising artist since she graduated from art school.
She has lived and worked in both Seychelles and Australia as well as the UK. Her art portrays her deep connection with nature and her tender and insightful observation of human behaviour and emotion. Her exquisite illustrations add layers of visual narrative and meaning, making stories richer, deeper and more accessible.