TTLG Author/Illustrator Profiles

Sue Heap

Sue Heap

Sue Heap loved reading as a child, “particularly comics. I loved the characters and the world that the artist conjured up from them. It intrigued me how an elephant, a pig and a squirrel could wear clothes and, even more fantastically, live in the same house!” She and her brother were both enthusiastic drawers. “We were particularly keen on drawing aerial maps of zoos and would appoint each other zoo keepers.”

Sue studied photography at Hull College of Art. She started her working life as a temporary store person dealing with O rings, cheesehead screws and other valve components, before moving on to Yellow Pages, where she designed layouts for such copy lines as (filed under Plumber) “Mr Onion will fix your leek!” A move into the world of book design followed, beginning with school text books and moving on to picture books, and then book illustration.

Sue’s first picture book, Mouse Party (by Alan Durant), was published in 1995. She actually illustrated the book twice, having rejected her first set of “finished” illustrations and then starting all over again! She has since illustrated many more picture books – a number of which she has also written. These include Cowboy Baby, which won the Smarties Book Prize Gold Award in the picture book category, and Danny's Drawing Book.


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