Fantastic Beasts at the LG workshop!

December 6, 2017 § Leave a comment

The Beasts have come home! After some wonderful events at the House of Illustration, the British Library, Seven Stories and Mainstreet Trading we are celebrating the launch of Fantastic Beasts ‘at home’, in our Belford workshop, where the book was made.

2-6 pm Saturday 9th December, Lomenech Gill & Fils NE70 7ND

We have copies of the book in stock, standard and deluxe editions, available for signing by the illustrator. If you would like to reserve a copy please send us an email.

A selection of artworks, etchings and bronzes will also be on display. Come and join us, friends and family welcome.


Fantastic Beasts in St Boswells 6th Dec!

December 4, 2017 § Leave a comment

Delighted to be a guest at Mainstreet Trading this Wednesday and following in the exquisite footsteps of one of my all time heroines, Judith Kerr, who spoke at Mainstreet last week, and whose work and life is a true inspiration!!

Armed with my first ever Powerpoint presentation, previously shown at the House of Illustration and Seven Stories (the audience survived as far as I know!), I will be talking about all the various influences, techniques, ideas and species that went into the making of ‘Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them’.

7pm Wednesday 6th December. Mainstreet, St Boswells, Scottish Borders TD6 0AT Tel. 01835 824 087

For some sample pages see below, and for more info go to:


Inside Fantastic Beasts Illustrated & Deluxe editions

November 28, 2017 § 1 Comment

 I just had my first proper look at the deluxe edition of Fantastic Beasts, with beautiful design by art director Stephanie Amster and marvellous production by Bloomsbury. My favourite part is the cardboard box, full of surprises….

A full colour printed cloth slipcase

Containing a cloth covered hardback

With a Hebridean Black dragon & the Cuillin mountains?

And a small print of the Phoenix etching inside

And the page I keep forgetting about, The Ukranian Ironbelly gatefold. My other favourite bit!

Both standard and deluxe editions of Fantastic Beasts are available at the workshop, Lomenech Gill & Fils, where we will be doing a special launch event on 9th December.

The British Library, Friday 17th

November 14, 2017 § 1 Comment

To accompany the ‘History of Magic’ exhibition currently on at the British Library, Jim and I are talking about our work on the Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts books. It should be…magic!

For more info, go here:

Beasts on BBC Newcastle!

November 13, 2017 § Leave a comment

 Fantastic Beasts on BBC Radio Newcastle! I was hugely excited to go behind the scenes of my favourite medium (that’s radio!) and talk to Lisa Shaw about Fantastic Beasts. Thank you to Lisa and everyone at BBC Newcastle! Anyone who wants to listen can do so using the link here:

Fantastic Beasts at Seven Stories

October 27, 2017 § 2 Comments

I am delighted to be doing an event at Seven Stories, Newcastle, to launch the new book, for anyone who would like to come along. Friday 10th November, 6pm, more details here:

This will be a chaired event, with a ‘slideshow’ and signed books available. All welcome.


‘Fantastic Beasts’ – Publication Day!

October 26, 2017 § 2 Comments

Blue-unicorn-edit After many months of work in the studio, and several months in production, the wait is over. The launch and publication of the fully illustrated version of ‘Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them’ is on 7th November, 7pm at House of Illustration, London.

For more information:

So, forget the movie, this is 140 pages of full colour ‘magizoology’, the book that Newt Scamander wrote on his return from his travels, with a bit of help from JK Rowling.  Originally published in 1927, it found it’s way onto the shelves of Hogwarts Library and there was found by a small boy called Harry Potter. The rest as they say, is history.

Published by Bloomsbury, with the most exquisite design and production, the book will, from 7th November, be available from all good bookshops, so anyone who would like a copy, please support them. Bookshops are FANTASTIC!

(And this also supports the author/artist royalties which is actually really important, especially in this case when two marvellous charities are the beneficiaries).

End of sermon.