Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Renowned Illustrator's Precious Gift to Children's Book Centre

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Renowned Illustrator's Precious Gift to Children's Book Centre

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Byline: David Whetstone Culture Editor david.whetsone@ncjmedia.co.uk

THE man who helped to cut the ribbon when Seven Stories opened in 2005 has now donated his archive to the much-loved attraction in Newcastle.

Award-winning illustrator Nick Sharratt is best known for illustrating the books of Jacqueline Wilson and the pair of them formally opened the national centre for children's books.

Now he becomes the latest in a line of distinguished figures in children's literature - most recently Michael Morpurgo, of War Horse fame, and South African author Beverley Naidoo - to see Seven Stories as the best repository for his celebrated work.

Nick Sharratt has also notched up another Seven Stories first - he and author Pippa Goodhart have dedicated their latest book, You Choose in Space, to Seven Stories.

Chief executive Kate Edwards said: "Nick is, and has always been, a loyal supporter of Seven Stories.

"He was with us to celebrate our opening day in August 2005, alongside Jacqueline Wilson, and has continued to work with us ever since.

"We are absolutely delighted that Nick has chosen to donate his archive to the growing collection.

"The book dedication is a first for Seven Stories - the first of many, we hope."

The centre, housed in a converted warehouse in the Ouseburn Valley, was set up to celebrate children's books at a time when much archive material - manuscripts and original artwork - was being lost or snapped up by overseas institutions.

Now, with help from a Heritage Lottery Fund called Collecting Cultures, Seven Stories is home to material relating to some hugely popular books.

Nick Sharratt was born in London in 1962 and studied graphic design in the city.

Books on which he has collaborated with Jacqueline Wilson have sold more than 30 million copies while sales of picture books he has illustrated exceed nine million. …

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