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Freelance Illustrator Maddy Burrows

Maddy Burrows won a D&AD New Blood award for her short story ‘Bucket’, she is a graduate of the Leeds College of Art (& Dundee) and now works as a freelance illustrator.

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‘My favourite illustrators have, metaphorically speaking, followed me throughout my childhood and unapologetically entered into my adult life. And now, at the start of my career, I still feel a strong loyalty to those that have inspired me and (although sadly I have never met them) pushed me forward, among which are Tove Jansson, Wolf Erlbruch, and Judith Kerr.’

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‘I grew up in the city of York with my cats and little sister, after moving there from London when I was small. In 2011 I completed my foundation in art and design at Leeds College of Art, before moving to Dundee (and leaving my cat, Gwendolyn behind!) to take a Bachelor of Arts degree in Illustration. I graduated with honours in June 2014, and then moved to Glasgow with my partner, and got a ragdoll kitten called Moomin (who is constantly eating my work).

Since graduating, I have won a D&AD New Blood award for my short story ‘Bucket’. I have also been writing and mocking up picture books and sending them off to publishers, as well as completing freelance projects. Aside from my favourite authors and illustrators, I also find inspiration in cats, hot drinks and the ever-changing weather conditions of the British Isles.’

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