“The Owl at the Window”

Listen to some of Dave Sugarbeet’s magical tune here:  “The Owl at the Window

So delighted that Dave Sugarbeet and Jonathon Coudrille will be playing live at the launch!

Edge of the World Bookshop



I am really looking forward to this Thursday’s event at the wonderful Edge of the World Bookshop to celebrate the launch of the new journal Elementum.   I will be talking about process and inspiration with Jay Armstrong. Conversations with Jay are always a joy – with her unique vision and extraordinary talent for bringing people together she has created a beautiful Journal that I am thrilled to be part of.






Jay and myself will be talking about storytelling with pictures and discussing  inspiration, processes and decisions.

Come and have a glass of wine or elderflower and find out more about this innovative new nature and art journal.




The lovely thing about books is that they seem to appear just like magic, complete and smelling beautiful.

They are an invitation to open a door and disappear into worlds where the impossible becomes possible and the interior world of your imagination takes flight and creates landscapes that are vivid and real.

In the Box of Delights by John Masefield, Kay Harker opens a small box and enters a world that shimmers and brims with possibility.  His senses are heightened, intensified and dreamlike.   He returns to find his adventures have lasted only a minute or two in real time but in the world of the Box he has travelled for hours.

Perhaps this is why I love both images and words.  When I work I aim to capture as intensely as I am able the emotional sensation of what I am seeing whether it is in the physical world or the world of poetry, music or literature.  When I was at college it was not considered good practice to title work in anything more than a brief description or a number but I have also always had a need to put words with the image.  I like the intrigue – the clue to the story but also the trick of playing with the sensation of the sound – the sensuality of the words reacting with the image.  I also like the fact that it is a little sly – you can take them or leave them, but I have dropped them in anyway.

Illustration for me has been a massive learning curve.  I had a lot of preconceived ideas about how it was done before I was asked to interpret The Princess’ Blankets by Carol Ann Duffy.   It took the confidence of Templar to tell me to just be myself and when the penny dropped I discovered that I had always “illustrated” in one sense but the stories were my own.  The most freeing part was being able to take liberties – things that I would never have done on canvas in case it was “illustrative” were suddenly absolutely alright.

I also thought that having written the story finding the images would be easy but actually it took a long time and a real struggle to find the visual language that enhanced the words – not just copied them.  It has been joyous to create picture spreads that contains words and something I want to explore further.

“The Star Tree” story is a simple journey of there and back again.

I think it is the hardest thing I have ever done.

An evening with Catherine Hyde at Waterstones, Truro

I’m happy to say that the rescheduled launch for  The Star Tree at Waterstones, Truro will take place next Tuesday 27th September at 7pm.

(hopefully it will not be a day of storms!)

Musician Dave Sugabeet will also be there playing live the theme from his wonderful soundscape for the Star Tree “The Owl in the Window”


Guardian Review

Another great review for Star Tree in the children’s books roundup by Imogen Russell Williams in last weekends Guardian.

“Another dreamy, lulling story, in a more grown-up pointillist mode, is Catherine Hyde’s The Star Tree (Frances Lincoln). Hyde’s first foray as both author and illustrator is a transporting poetic account of a small girl’s imaginative voyage on a moonlit midsummer night, helped along by an owl, a hare, a bear and a stag.”

It is wonderful to be included amongst this list of writers and illustrators.