Poem and Story Collections

Between 1999 and 2002 Random House New Zealand commissioned me to illustrate four anthologies: 100 New Zealand Poems for Children; Another 100 New Zealand Poems for Children; 30 New Zealand Stories for Children and Another 30 New Zealand Stories for Children. 

The collections gave me a wonderful opportunity to work with material from many Kiwi writers I admired. They also, in some cases, got me into a bit of a muddle...

In 100 New Zealand Poems for Children I decided to give each poem an illustrated block in which to place it’s number – which worked fine for about the first dozen. Then I had to wrack my brains to come up with ideas for the remaining 78 poems!

100 Poems spots 

100 Poems number blocks.

To the show 

To the Show
E Muriel Attewell


Bev Kemp


Lauris Edmond

Uncle Trev, Old Tip and Old Toot

Jack Lasenby 

There’s a Solemn Wind Tonight

 Katherine Mansfield 

There is a solemn wind tonight

That sings of solemn rain;

The trees that have been quiet so long

Flutter and start again. 


Original art from these poem and story collections are now for sale here

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