Is illustration important in your poems?

I think illustration is really important and I'd love be able to illustrate my own but there are wonderful artists around and I'm not one of them. I've had several different artists illustrating books. One of my favourites is Shirley Fells who is very good at illustrating mysteriously and she's got a very good feeling for a poem, she's done the covers for both of these books and she does some wonderful black and white pictures inside which really catch the mood in a few lines. I've been very lucky with illustrators, I've also had a new illustrator Jason Cockcroft, who did the pictures for Billywise and these are beautiful. This is a book for younger children about a young owl. This is an Italian illustrator called Giovanni Manna who did these pictures for this book (Someone I Like). 'Two Friends' - a great picture.

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