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Research Profile

  • Phoebe is a freelance illustrator based in London and specialising in writing and illustrating children’s books with themes of environmental and social peace.

    Her debut picture book, King Leonard‘s Teddy, had a message of anti mass-consumerism and was shortlisted for the 2020 Little Rebels Award and is on the United Nations sustainable development goals booklist.

    Her forthcoming title, The Welcome Blanket, is based on drawing from observation in market streets around her local area and celebrates cultural diversity through the visual metaphor of a patchwork blanket for a new baby, made from fabrics from all over the world.

    Her illustrations have also been shortlisted for The Association of Illustrators‘ Prize for Illustration in 2017 and World Illustration Awards in 2020.

  • Phoebe delivers workshops relating to her specialist skills in drawing, colour theory, social media content creation, printmaking, including digital printmaking, and book-binding. She also supports third year students through one-to-one and small group tutorials on their final major projects.

  • Phoebe’s current practice-based research explores inclusion in picture books. She is taking part in a training course called Foundations for Inclusion which explores in depth the inclusive representation of disability, diverse ethnicities, LGBTQ characters and families, accessibility and more. She is researching authentic representation and challenging stereotypes and in creating imagery that is accessible for readers with visual impairment. Phoebe is applying her research to the development of her current picture book which has an extremely ethnically diverse cast of characters, representative of the area of London in which she lives.

  • Her debut picture book, King Leonard’s Teddy, was published in 2019 by Child’s Play and has been co-editioned in French, Chinese and Korean.

    The Welcome Blanket is currently in development and has been supported with a grant from the K Blundell Trust through The Society of Authors; it is due for publication in 2022 by Child’s Play.