Independent publisher Graffeg to publish James Mayhew title
- Graffeg to re-publish James Mayhew’s
classic children’s tale, The Knight Who Took All Day
- Author of iconic ‘Katie’ and
‘Ella Bella Ballerina’ series signs
book deal with Graffeg
The Knight Who Took All Day
Publication August 2017
Hardback, 250 x 250mm, £11.99
This August, indie press Graffeg will publish The Knight Who Took All Day by James Mayhew. This wonderful children’s book is a cautionary tale of love, vanity and the dangers of procrastination. Originally published in 2005, it has been unavailable for several years but will now be made available once again in a new, modernised format.
This new relationship between James, creator of the ‘Katie’ and ‘Ella Bella Ballerina’ series, and Graffeg marks the latest in a number of popular children’s authors coming to work with the Wales-based publisher, with Jackie Morris, Nicola Davies and Malachy Doyle all in the process of creating new and exciting releases.
In 2017, The Knight Who Took All Day was adapted by composer Bernard Hughes as a new orchestral work for children, with James narrating the premiere with the Hertford Symphony Orchestra. The rights to The Knight Who Took All Day were agreed with Ben Illis of The BIA.
James Mayhew is an illustrator, author, concert presenter and storyteller. His first children’s book, Katie’s Picture Show, was published in 1989 and has been in print ever since, followed by twelve more “Katie” titles. The best-selling series can now be found in museums and galleries all over the world. James is also the creator of the much-loved Ella Bella Ballerina series as well as other books including Miranda the Explorer and Boy. Alongside his work in publishing, James has devised and performed in a hugely successful series of concerts for children, combining live classical music, storytelling and art. James lives in Hertfordshire.
Graffeg publish illustrated books and gifts by best-selling authors, photographers, artists and illustrators. Graffeg work with Jackie Morris, Nicola Davies, Tom Cox, Celestine and the Hare and Amanda Owen aka The Yorkshire Shepherdess, producing calendars, children’s books, non-fiction illustrated books about Wales, landscape, photography and food, along with a growing range of greetings cards and notecards including ‘Dylan Thomas Quotes’, ‘Castles of Wales’, and Jackie Morris’ popular greetings card range. All products are available from Graffeg’s online shop. Graffeg has offices in Cardiff and Llanelli. www.graffeg.com
For more information, contact Matthew Howard at Graffeg, Matthew.Howard@graffeg.com / 01554 824000.
Independent publisher Graffeg agrees terms with Jackie Morris
- Graffeg will re-issue two classic children’s books
by Jackie Morris
- The Ice Bear and The Snow Leopard to be
published in September 2017 in deluxe format.
The Ice Bear
Publication September 2017
Hardback, 365 x 270mm, £17.99
The Snow Leopard
Publication September 2017
Hardback, 365 x 270mm, £17.99
This September, small indie press Graffeg will re-issue two classic children’s titles by award-winning illustrator and author Jackie Morris.
The Ice Bear and The Snow Leopard, originally published in 2014 and 2007 respectively, will be re-published in lavish, large-format editions.
The Snow Leopard is a tale of magic and myth set amongst the Himalayan mountains with Jackie Morris’s glorious illustrations and lyrical text now matched by the lavish production values of this book.
The Ice Bear, set in stunning icy landscapes, tells a tale of tolerance and understanding, and reminds us of our duty to take care of this world’s wild creatures.
Graffeg and Jackie Morris first worked together on Cat Walk in 2014, followed by Queen of the Sky in 2015. Jackie’s latest collaboration with Graffeg, the big, beautiful book of lullabies for adults, Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow, was published in September 2016. The Ice Bear and The Snow Leopard will be the first Jackie Morris books published by Graffeg following her collaboration with Robert MacFarlane on The Lost Words: a spell book (Hamish Hamilton).
The press began its children’s list with Perfect in May 2016, which has been longlisted for the CILIP Greenaway Prize 2017. This month, it was also announced that debut illustrator Abbie Cameron has been longlisted for the Klaus Flugge prize for her work on Animal Surprises, published by Graffeg in June 2016.
The rights to these two books were agreed with Jessica Woollard of David Higham Associates.
The Snow Leopard Review, New York Times: ‘vivid watercolor illustrations that meld ink-brush abstraction and subtle detail into a gorgeous fantasy.’
An internationally best-selling author, artist and illustrator, Jackie Morris has over thirty years’ experience in writing and illustrating books. Amongst her current work, East of the Sun has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal, Little Evie in the Wild Wood has been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and Something About a Bear was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2016. She is a two-time winner of Tir Na Nog and her books have been published in 17 languages. She lives on the remote St David’s peninsula, south Wales.
Graffeg publish illustrated books and gifts by best-selling authors, photographers, artists and illustrators. Graffeg publish Jackie Morris, Nicola Davies, Tom Cox, Celestine and the Hare and Amanda Owen aka The Yorkshire Shepherdess. They produce calendars, non-fiction illustrated books about Wales, landscape, photography and food, along with a growing range of greetings cards and notecards including ‘Dylan Thomas Quotes’, ‘Castles of Wales’, and Jackie Morris’ popular greetings card range. All products are available from Graffeg’s online shop. Graffeg has offices in Cardiff and Llanelli. www.graffeg.com