Human cargo: A Journey Among Refugees

March 18, 2019 § Leave a comment

lampedusa-human-cargo.jpg I am honoured to be doing an event with acclaimed writer and human rights journalist Caroline Moorehead at Stirling University, where ‘Lampedusa’ is on loan as part of their year long programme about ‘Experiences of Exile’. 3-5pm Monday 18th March, all welcome.


March 9, 2019 § Leave a comment

Invitation I am delighted to be doing an exhibition with Abbott & Holder, opening this coming week. A body of 40 or so new works, all or mostly about birds… All welcome! There will also be an ‘in conversation’ event (!) on Saturday 16th at midday.


May 25, 2018 § 1 Comment

 after a long absence due to a serious seduction by Instagram… probably noticed by noone….!?



We are fed up with hearing about conflict, disputes and all the other stuff that is going on in different parts of the world at any one time. We as in me, Olivia, and Lomenech Gill & Fils are artists/artisans and our work, one could argue, is a commodity and so is ‘gardening’ for us in the UK but actually in most of the world, it is not! Forget the Chelsea Flower Show, we are talking gardening to grow stuff one can live off and support families and communities. That is mostly what I do, grow food for my family, with the little bit of ground I am lucky to have. What I hope to do is start an initiative whereby others can do the same, starting or re-starting gardens in or after places/times of conflict. This, today, is the launch, and whatever funds are raised will go towards a future initiative.

All plants here are: local, organic and hardy. I am a guerilla gardener and so anything I grow has a good chance of survival!

100% of funds raised through sales today will go to charity.


come and see us at:

Lomenech Gill & Fils

2 Market Place, Belford NE70 7ND


Harry Potter Book Night: Fantastic Beasts!

January 26, 2018 § 3 Comments

Harry Potter Book Night: An Evening with Jim Kay and Olivia Lomenech Gill, Waterstones, Piccadilly on Thursday 1st February 18:30

Jim Kay’s spectacular ‘The Phoenix’ with sketches and copperplate etching by Olivia Lomenech Gill

Join us on Harry Potter Book Night to hear from two illustrators who have lovingly, and carefully imagined the world of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts.
Jim Kay’s work on the Illustrated Editions of J.K. Rowling’s prized series, and Olivia Lomenech Gill’s work on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them differ in mood and approach, but both achieve stunning, immersive results. Jim’s interpretations of Beasts faced by Harry Potter and his peers include that of Buckbeak and The Phoenix whilst Olivia has depicted Occamy and Sphinx among many more. Both however, have invented and created Beasts in incredible detail that fascinate both children and adults alike.
Join us for a special opportunity to hear from both Jim and Olivia as they chart their influences and inspiration for approaching one of the nation’s most loved series, and the pressures that come with it as a celebration of Harry Potter Book Night.
This event will be chaired by Emily Drabble. Emily is Head of Children’s Books and Promotion at Booktrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity.

Extraordinary Sketchbooks Exhibition

January 26, 2018 § Leave a comment

 Delighted to be part of this exhibition in highly distinguished company. Two sketchbooks from the RHA barracks will be on display alongside ‘Standing To’. War-Horse-etching-B&amp;W

Copperplate etching (78 x 107cm). Limited edition of 10 available.

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: