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Competition !!! Win a copy of ‘On Sudden Hill’ and Lovely Blog News.

October 27, 2014

Happy Monday one and all and I thought it was about time for another competition. This time, the prize was very generously donated by non other than the very talented Mr Benji Davies himself ! and it’a a paperback copy of his latest book ‘On Sudden Hill’ written by Linda Sarah. Which I’m delighted to say has just been nominated for the 2015 Kate Greenaway Medal ! 

Fishink blog On Sudden Hill

It’s beautifully illustrated and aimed at 3 to 7 year olds but many adults will love it too !

To win this fabulous book I’d really appreciate it if you could ….

1. Tell me why you read Fishink Blog and what you like and perhaps dislike about it, you can leave me a comment below. (All feedback most welcome)

2. Tell three friends about this blog who you think would like it and may not know about it already and ask them to show me that you have guided them here.

3. Explain who your favourite illustrator is and why you like them.


I’ll be picking the best reply I receive on next Monday’s blog, and it’s open to anyone all around the world. So don’t delay, get busy today !!!



On an equally happy note, the fabulous travel writer Lizzie over at Dream Discover Italia has nominated Fishink Blog for a ‘Lovely Blog Award’……  how great is that !

The award states that I must share 7 things about myself that you may not already know, so here goes : –

1. I’m a Textile Designer / Illustrator currently living in Manchester, UK.

2. I’m also a Reiki Master and have trained in this for the last 12 years.

3. Next Christmas time I will be fifty years old, (although, curiously, I still feel about 25 ! ). I have no fears at all about reaching this age, especially as my friends keep telling me I’m        wearing well, perhaps that’s why they’re my friends lol

4. My favourite colours are blue and orange.

5. No surprises for guessing that my favourite design era is around the mid-century.

6. For relaxation in the evenings, I like to escape by watching quality Sci-fi dramas (Battlestar Galactica, Fringe, Game of Thrones) or sometimes by reading teenage fiction. I find they help stimulate my creative side and give my practical, multi-tasking-brain some time off too.

7. I feel very lucky to still have two wonderful parents, many great friends (some dating back to my school days), a fab partner and beautiful dog to help me appreciate my life. Long may that continue : )


For 9 of my own nominations (in no particular order) for this award, from the myriad of great blogs that I follow : –

Lizzie over at Dream Discover Italia for her tourist’s eye cast over the life of Venice as a city.

Michelle at Pattern Observer for her wonderful selections and featured artists work.

Bowie Style over at Print & Pattern, a blog I’ve loved, admired and followed for the longest of time now.

Hazel Terry at The Art Room Plant for introducing me to so many fabulous artists I’d never have discovered if not for her.

Jil Casey at The Art Of Children’s Picture Books for showing me so many great illustrators of children’s books.

The peeps over at Quad Royal for sharing their love of vintage posters and artists.

Laura Ottina at The Animalarium for her amazing collections of different animals and fascinating articles.

Irene Hoofs over on Bloesem for her impeccable interior taste and styling.

Katie Treggiden at Confessions of a Design Geek, whom it appears shares very similar likes to myself as her blog never fails to please.

And for everyone of you that continue to follow and comment on my blog too.. Many thanks !

Useful information – The Rules

The One Lovely Blog Award nominations are chosen by fellow bloggers for those newer or up-and-coming bloggers. The goal is to help give recognition and to also help the new blogger reach more viewers. It also recognizes blogs that are considered to be “lovely” by the fellow-blogger who chose them. This award acknowledges bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a beautiful manner to connect with their viewers and followers.

In order to accept the award nominees should –

  • Thank and link back to the person who nominated you for the award.
  • List the Rules and Display the One Lovely Blog Award logo to your post and/or blog.
  • Share 7 facts/or things about yourself.
  • Nominate up to 15 other bloggers and let them know about the award
  • Follow the blogger who nominated you (if not already!)
6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 27, 2014 7:01 pm

    Awww, Craig, you are too lovely!! Keep up the great work!!! xxx

  2. October 28, 2014 2:39 pm

    Hello Craig! I know I won’t win your book with my comment, but I do so appreciate your blog and how dedicated you are to exposing us to the fabulous world of art, design, advertising, etc. Always interesting, always inspiring in so many ways… thank you for your lovely photos of your outdoor excursions and promotion of other artists. You’ve now presented me with 9 more blogs to check out, goodness I’ll never be able to pry myself away from the computer!

    • October 28, 2014 3:40 pm

      Hi Joy, well you’re the first person to have mentioned the competition so far lol but thank you so much for your sustained interest and heartfelt contributions throughout the blogs lifetime. Yes I’m a Capricorn too, us goats need to stick together : ) Hope I haven’t given you too many blog distractions to think about.

  3. October 28, 2014 2:41 pm

    P.S. We may very well share the same (or near) birth date! We’ll celebrate within the same general time period. lol.

  4. October 30, 2014 11:11 pm

    Hi Craig,
    Hooray – a competition! I love your blog as you feature such amazing illustrators and designers and you write beautifully too. It’s like having a little, happy, calm place to go for half an hour!
    Currently, the girls and I are mostly enjoying Quentin Blake as they have reached the perfect Roald Dahl age. I think his illustrations are very inclusive in their scruffiness; you feel he could be sitting next to you as you read it, quickly sketching the pictures as the words pass your lips.
    Gordon and I are also quite fond of Oliver Jeffers – he gives such an innocent, other-worldly charm to his books.
    Keep on blogging!

    • October 30, 2014 11:19 pm

      Hi Carys, Many thanks for your comments, it’s great to hear who are your likes and dislikes in terms of illustrators. How lovely to have mister Blake in the room with you for a bedtime story too : )

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