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Proud is illustrated by a number of illustrators including:
Steve Antony has written and illustrated twelve picture books, won numerous awards and toured the UK, USA, Italy and Taiwan. He illustrated Tim Minchin’s When I Grow Up from his hit musical Matilda and illustrated a cover for the Famous Five series. He’s a proud patron of Swindon Libraries and recently designed a new children’s library card for them. He is red-green colourblind, which has influenced the way he works.
Kate Alizadeh has illustrated two picture books, one of which – Quiet! – featured in the Booktrust Great Books Guide 2017. She has hand-lettered cover designs for two of Non Pratt’s books. She lives in Cardiff.
Alex Bertie is a young transgender YouTuber. At just fourteen he started making videos on sexuality and gender identity, and continues to do so today with weekly uploads. To this day, he has reached 250,000 subscribers. His work has been picked up by organisations such as Childline and Stonewall, and has been recognized by the Independent, YouTube magazine TenEighty and trans publication FTM Magazine.
Kathi “Fatti” Burke is an Irish illustrator living in Amsterdam, working specifically on children’s non-fiction titles following the success of her first book, Irelandopedia (Gill Books, 2015), which was a collaboration with her father, John Burke. Her illustration style is colourful, humorous and childlike, mirroring her love for visual communication and education. When she’s not illustrating books for kids, Kathi enjoys people-watching, eating big dinners and playing along with game shows.
Frank Duffy is a nonbinary trans person from Cardiff. They have been a freelance graphic designer and illustrator for fifteen years, and have an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University. They have written and illustrated a partly autobiographical art book about gender, the shifting nature of identity and the self – visit their website frankduffy.co.uk for more information.
Leo Greenfield has contributed to The Daily Telegraph UK, L’Officiel, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Hardie Grant Books, and collaborated with brands such as Brooks Brothers and Gucci. Greenfield has exhibited his work widely in Australia as well as Paris and London. Greenfield is currently working as a columnist for the Adelaide Review, where he profiles the people of Adelaide in Drawn to the City.
Saffa Khan is an illustrator and print maker who self-publishes printed matter on the themes of identity, mental health, race, culture and daily feelings. She also runs @tenderhandspress, a small risograph press that aims to diversify DIY spaces, and curates @makestuffclub, a series of skill-sharing workshops for anyone who seeks comfort through making.
Priyanka Meenakshi is a self-taught writer and artist living in Bristol. She writes and illustrates for a variety of different publications, on themes of trauma and recovery. You can see more of her work at priyankameenakshi.com
Alice Oseman is a writer and illustrator. Her first novel, Solitaire, was published when she was nineteen. Her second, Radio Silence, was published in 2016 and her third, I Was Born for This, in May 2018. Her webcomic, Heartstopper, follows the relationship of two characters from Solitaire.
David Roberts is one of the UK’s foremost children’s illustrators and has been shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for Little Red, The Dunderheads and Tinder. David won a Gold Award in the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize for Mouse Noses On Toast in 2006. He has worked with acclaimed writers including Julia Donaldson, Sally Gardner and Julian Clary.
Kristen Van Dam is a Seattle-based illustrator and writer. By day she is an art director in a casual game house, and by night she makes comics, illustrates and writes. Nowhere in there does she sleep. Her favourite things in the world are her mini-poodle Bug, Sailor Moon, and things that look like they might be enchanted.
Kameron White was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He is a lover of comics. Kam graduated with a BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in spring of 2018. He now resides in Minneapolis as a comic artist and illustrator.
March 2019 Book of the Month | Compiled by YA author and broadcaster Juno Dawson, this inspiring anthology of illustrated short stories by LGBTQ+ writers shines a light on a kaleidoscopic array of experiences through an equally kaleidoscopic breadth of genres, themes and styles. From Chinese lesbian fairytale The Phoenix’s Fault by Cynthia So, to Simon James Green’s hilarious, heart-warming Penguins (who would’ve thought a pair of penguins could steal a person’s coming out thunder?!), this is a powerfully diverse collection. Alongside more established names, among them authors David Levithan and Jess Vallance, and illustrator David Roberts, special mention must go to the four new voices whose stories grace these pages – be sure to seek out what Karen Lawler, Michael Lee Richardson, Cynthia So and Kay Staples do next. These are stories of struggle and trouble, passion and promise, with much wit, warmth, wisdom and support shared along the way. And so it seems fitting to leave the last loud, proud, celebratory words to Dan from David Levithan’s queer youth choir story: “You hold your ground. You sing out loud and proud in defiance of all the people who want you to be quiet”.
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