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James Mayhew

Children's Author & Illustrator

James has been creating books for children for 30 years. He loves experimenting with different techniques and finding just the right approach for each new project. He is the creator of the best-selling Katie series, Ella Bella Ballerina and Koshka’s Tales, as well as illustrating Mouse & Mole, Mrs Noah’s Pockets and Gaspard the Fox. Alongside his work in publishing, James works with many orchestras and musicians, presenting concerts that combine classical music and art, created live on stage. He lives with his Catalan partner Toto, and Diva the dog, in Suffolk, where the big skies and gentle light are perfect for artists. But when they can, they escape to Barcelona, for churros and chocolate!

Books published by Owlet Press


Nen and The Lonely Fisherman (Illustrator)

Winner of the inaugural Polari Children’s and YA Prize 2022, praised for being “important and radical”.

Nen and the Lonely Fisherman by Ian Eagleton, illustrated by James Mayhew (Owlet Press)

James Mayhew
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