Michael Foreman is one of our best-loved children’s authors and illustrators. The author of many books of his own, he has also illustrated others by Michael Morpurgo, Roald Dahl, J. M. Barrie and Oscar Wilde. He was awarded the Smarties Book Prize in 1993 and has twice won the Kate Greenaway Award. He grew up in a fishing village in Suffolk during the Second World War, an experience that has had a lasting and creative influence.
Michael studied painting at Lowestoft School of Art, then commercial art at St Martin’s School in London before going on to the Royal College of Art to study graphics between 1960-1963. He spent much of the 1960s travelling the world as a travel illustrator – he made animated films in Denmark, television commercials in France, and even worked briefly as an art director for Playboy magazine.
In 1967, his career as a writer and illustrator began to grow and by the 1970’s his work was much in demand. Among his own bestselling books, Dinosaurs and All that Rubbish (1972) is acknowledged as being groundbreaking in its environmental theme, and many of his books including Moose (1971) and War Game (1994) reflect the stupidity of war.
Michael has also illustrated many books for adults from Shakespeare and Dickens to Michael Moorcock, Edna O’Brien and Madhur Jaffrey.
He will be talking about his life’s work and drawing on experiences he describes in his most recent books Travels with My Sketchbook and A Life in Pictures.