Monday, 28 May 2012

Monster interview about my journey from being an illustrator to writing my first picture book. With J.R.Poulter.

I have just done an interview with award winning Australian author J.R.Poulter about my experience as an illustrator and my recent adventure writing and illustrating my first picture book The Monster Machine.

If you are interested in becoming an illustrator, interested in writing a picture book, or just interested in monsters hop on over to read the interview-


About J.R Poulter -

J.R. Poulter is the author of 13 books & 7 digital books for children and education in the UK, USA and Australia, including Crichton Award winner, MENDING LUCILLE. Her 13th book is due out June 2013 with Windy Hollows. J.R. Poulter also engages in editorial writing (WQ Magazine,The Courier MailMagpies Journal of Critical Review for Children’s LiteratureQueensland Country Life and more). 

She has taken workshops and readings for ETAQ Conferences, SCWBI International Conference, Brisbane Poetry Festival, Kyeema Arts Festival [Arts Qld Funded], Channel 7 Family Picnic, Opening of BCC Central City Library, Mountains to Mangroves, Book Week and more. A former senior librarian, senior education officer and English Expression tutor to international postgraduates, she also once worked in a circus.  Under J.R.McRae she is an award winning literary poet and also a published short story writer and  artist/illustrator. 

Websites - 

Friday, 25 May 2012

Of Monsters and bookshops and things...

Hi All,

Summer has finally woken up at last here in the UK and it's time for a quick check in here in the blogosphere, or whatever the kids call it. My debut picture book The Monster Machine has been out in the wild for a whole week now, and it has been lovely to see it out there in book form, prowling the shelves.

I had my first ever book signing event at Waterstones Nottingham last weekend, met some wonderful people, and the talented kids I met helped make a monster collage... Check it out over on 'The Monster Machine Blog'

On the shelves out in the wilds of Waterstone's...
Earlier this week I was pleased to see The Monster Machine was picked out as May book of the month over on the fantastic Lovereadinguk site. Which was nice!

People have been asking me where and how they can get a copy, and now it is officially published, you can buy The Monster Machine directly from my publisher Anova Books, and in your favourite online and offline bookshops. If they don't have it in stock you can ask them to order it in for you, and help support your local independent bookshops.

It's a glorious Friday afternoon here, which means it is practically the weekend, so to quote the late and great Maurice Sendak, let the wild rumpus start!



Wednesday, 16 May 2012

My monster picture book 'The Monster Machine' is published today!

Today is publication day for my picture book The Monster Machine! Woohoo :) It is published by Pavilion Children's Books, the children's imprint of Anova Books.

The Monster Machine cover

Here is a peak inside at some of the pages....

The Monster Machine © 2012 Nicola L Robinson all rights reserved.
The Monsters... © 2012 Nicola L Robinson all rights reserved.

I'm really pleased with The Monster Machine, I think it is probably one of my most colourful achievements! I've illustrated all the pages fully, there aren't any white pages with text next to a picture in a square here, every surface is covered...I dread to think how many pairs of eyes I've drawn in the process...

Here is a sneaky peak at the back cover too-

The Monster Machine back cover photo
Take a look at the Monster Machine Website

It is now available to buy from your favourite online and offline bookshops. If your bookshop doesn't have it in stock you can ask them to order it in for you, like in the old days before the internet :) It still works.

Get a copy

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Tomorrow.... The Monster Machine is released into the world!

Hello all, you may have noticed from my blog and website or if you follow me on twitter @NLRobinsonart that I have recently written and illustrated a picture book 'The Monster Machine'. Published by Pavilion Children's books.

Tomorrow is the publication day, and I am very excited! I have created a separate blog for The Monster Machine which you can check out here The Monster Machine Blog

Monstrous wishes,

Nicola