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Nicola Killen

Books, cards and illustrations

My career in design started with making handmade cards and then working with card publishers. After 7 years employment at a couple of design companies I decided to apply for the MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. On the course I was encouraged to come up with story ideas to illustrate and that's how I started writing. My artwork usually combines various printmaking techniques although I always enjoy experimenting with different materials!

On graduation I won the publisher Egmont's Best New Talent Award and my first picture book Not Me! was published by them in 2010. It was shortlisted for the Cambridgeshire Read It Again Award and the Nottingham Children's Book Award

Fluff and Billy do everything together! was published in 2011 and was picked by Julia Donaldson as one of her books of 2011 in The Guardian and was nominated for the Sheffield Baby Book Award 2012.

My latest picture book I Got a Crocodile was published in February and has recently been read as a CBeebies Bedtime Story by the actor Damian Lewis.

For more information on Nicola follow her Blog. Or go to her website.

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