03 July 2018

Sarah McIntyre

Sarah McIntyre, illustrator and author
by Katie Smart

Sarah McIntyre works as an illustrator and writer from her studio in south London.

Her solo picture books include There’s a Shark in the Bath, Dinosaur Firefighters and The New Neighbours, and she’s worked with writers such as Giles Andreae (Morris the Mankiest Monster), Gillian Rogerson (You can’t Scare a Princess!) and Alan MacDonald (The Prince of Pants). She also creates longer illustrated chapter books with her co-author Philip Reeve, such as Pugs of the Frozen North and Oliver and the Seawigs.

She first got into publishing through comics, where she met her Jampires co-author David O’Connell. She learned a lot from watching David produce and sell his own stories and pictures at comic fairs, and they entertained themselves drawing improvised stories. These ‘comic jams’ eventually led to a Jampires comic, which they later took to a publisher and turned into a picture book.

She’s blogged as BookTrust Writer-Illustrator in Residence, delivered a TEDx talk on learning how to grow from our mistakes, spoken internationally at book festivals, and led a campaign called Pictures Mean Business, encouraging the book industry to credit illustrators properly for their work.

Website: jabberworks.co.uk

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