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8th July 2019

Harry Potter Patronus Postcard Auction

The Patronus Art Auction for BookTrust kicks off celebrations marking 20 years of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

We are very lucky to have worked with Bloomsbury Publishing on the amazing anniversary House Editions illustrated by Levi Pinfold plus four of our artists have been asked to contribute their own patronus designs to the charity auction for BookTrust, the country’s largest reading charity. Part of a stellar line-up of 26 top UK illustrators. You can view more over on the Pottermore website

Diana Gerald, BookTrust CEO says “We are thrilled to be part of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’s 20th anniversary and we know that these exclusive, one of a kind illustrations will be in high demand. It’s lovely to think that a novel which has inspired children around the globe, along with some of the world’s most talented illustrators will help BookTrust to support families and get books into the hands of children across the UK” 


Harry Potter Patronus Auction

Doe Harry Potter Patronus Auction Levi Pinfold



Harry Potter Patronus Auction

Phoenix Harry Potter Patronus Auction Jonny Duddle



Harry Potter Patronus Auction

Tiger Harry Potter Patronus Auction Alex T. Smith



Harry Potter Patronus Auction

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5th July 2019

Harry Potter celebrates 20 years with lavish new editions

It’s almost impossible to believe that on the 8th July 20 magical years have passed since we opened the pages of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third spell binding Harry Potter story in which readers were first introduced to the notion of casting their Patronus, a protective spell that manifests as a silvery animal guardian.

Levi PInfold Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

‘The Patronus turned. It was cantering back towards Harry across the still surface of the water. It wasn’t a horse. It wasn’t a unicorn, either. It was a stag. It was shining brightly as the moon above … it was coming back to him …’ 

To celebrate this momentous occasion in true lavish style Bloomsbury Publishing are set to publish luxurious house editions featuring exquisite Levi Pinfold illustrations of Herminone Granger, Severus Snape, Nymphadora Tonks and Cho Chang.

Levi PInfold Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Levi PInfold Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


Bloomsbury are celebrating the Patronus Charm in all of its magical forms with not one but TWO incredibly exciting projects, firstly collaborating with the UK’s largest children’s literature charity BookTrust on a very special charity auction.

A stellar line-up of 26 top UK children’s book illustrators – including Bloomsbury Harry Potter book artists Jim Kay, Jonny Duddle, Levi Pinfold and Alex T Smith  – are creating ORIGINAL postcard-sized illustration of Patronus creatures. You can see them featured on our news post here: Patronus Postcards

Follow this project on twitter using the hashtag #patronusonapostcard.

Prospective purchasers will be able to bid for the pieces online at BookTrust’s eBay for Charity page, which will be live at 6pm BST on Monday July 8th, and the postcards will be displayed during that week at Waterstones Piccadilly.


Bloomsbury are also working closely with The Week Junior magazine to challenge children in schools throughout the UK to create their own ‘Patronus on a Postcard’ and win some amazing Harry Potter prizes. The Judges include Harry Potter illustrator Levi Pinfold and The Week Junior’s editor-in-chief Anna Bassi.




You can view Levi’s online portfolio HERE or follow him on Instagram HERE, take a moment to watch our video interview with Levi HERE 




3rd July 2019

Claude…. Anyone for Strawberries?

Alex T Smith Anyone For Strawberries


With Wimbledon starting this week we thought we would avoid the queues for plastic cups of over priced strawberries and join beloved portly pooch Claude for some juicy fruit in the latest Alex T Smith Claude TV tie in adventure.

Claude Anyone for Strawberries? inspired by the Alex T Smith Claude adventures, published this week in glorious strawberry hues, this giggle inducing picture book romp will have little readers rolling in their seats.

Claude and Sir Bobblysock are looking forward to a nice breakfast of delicious juicy strawberries – but there are none to be found….ANYWHERE! Greedy guzzlers have snapped them up to eat at the Pawhaven Tennis Championship. Claude has to win the championship to make sure Sir Bobblysock doesn’t miss out on strawberries-for-breakfast day, but can he do it… after all he’s not terribly well known for his backhand?

Inspired by the hit Disney Junior TV series, this book packs a humorous punch as Sir Bobblysock and Claude embark on yet another titter-some slapstick adventure.. will it be game set and match for our all round winner Claude? Here’s hoping.

Alex T Smith Anyone For Strawberries


Alex T Smith Anyone For Strawberries


Alex T Smith Anyone For Strawberries




Claude Anyone for Strawberries? is OUT NOW published by Hachette Children’s Books you can grab a copy HERE


Praise for Alex T. Smith’s Claude series:
‘Illustrated with humour and elegance’ The Times
‘With quirky illustrations and plenty of humour’ Metro


Follow Alex on Twitter: @Alex_T_Smith

1st July 2019

Steve May Updated Portfolio!

From pint sized comedians and crime fighting sheriffs to unlucky footie players and lumbering yeti’s Steve may’s newly updated portfolio is certainly eclectic.

Steve has a delicious talent for spontaneous pen and ink illustrations perfectly capturing hilarious moments in the lives of the characters he illustrates. From frustration, to elation, to absolute hysteria Steve’s illustrations burst off the page with life and laughter.

Recent work in Steve’s newly updated portfolio for Faber and Faber, Barrington Stoke and Scholastic clearly illustrate that this much in demand illustrator has a special skill for bringing children’s fiction to life with absolute undiluted humour.


View Steve’s online portfolio HERE Follow Steve on Twitter HERE or check him out on Instagram HERE





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View Steve’s online portfolio HERE Follow Steve on Twitter HERE or check him out on Instagram HERE

27th June 2019

Enter a world of adventure at Discover Story Centre

Pencils at the ready, get on the starting blocks for the Arena Illustration Takeover Day at Discover Story Centre. With a huge tooty fanfare we are thrilled to announce our collaboration with Discover in Stratford, East London on July 27th with a whole day of events including guest appearances from Adam Stower, Jonny Duddle and Simon Bartram.

Program of Events:


Kicking off at 11:30 am, Adam Stower author and illustrator of the phenomenal King Coo series published by David Fickling Books will be appearing in the event space on the top floor.

Crowns at the ready, beards brushed, King Coo is in the building. Author and Illustrator Adam Stower will entrance young book worms with a reading from his latest book, King Coo and the Curse of the Mummy’s Gold, as the mystery unfolds Adam will demonstrate how to draw some of the crazy characters from his series. An event suitable for curious minds and book worms alike.





At 1pm prepare to hoist the main sail and get ready to embark on the piratical adventure of a lifetime with real-life pirate Jonny Duddle , creator of The Pirates Next Door (published by Templar Publishing). Hear tales of the high seas and watch illustrations appear before your very eyes ….The perfect event for little pirates to get to grips with doodling – Arrrh!


Book tickets HERE



Simon Bartram legendary anti gravity creator of the Bob Man on the Moon series (published by Templar Publishing) will be appearing pen in hand at 2:15pm

Celebrate the anniversary of the historical moon landing with everyone’s favourite Bob, Man on the Moon. Author and Illustrator Simon Bartram will enthral and delight young audiences with storytelling and drawing demonstrations… you  may even need to get your brain boxes whirring to help Simon create an amazing, mind boggling alien moon creature. An event suitable for avid explorers, don’t forget to wear your gravity boots!


You can book tickets for all of these fabulous events HERE, books will be available to buy on the day for personal dedications. We very much look forward to seeing you there!


View their online portfolios here or follow them on social media so see what they’ve been getting up to .

Adam StowerOnline Portfolio / Twitter / Instagram 

Jonny DuddleOnline Portfolio / Twitter 

Simon Bartram –  Online Portfolio / Instagram