Biography / Artist statement
Jane Porter is an award-winning children's illustrator and author, and has lived in Southfields for 28 years. She loves working with all sorts of materials from collage to household emulsion, and has even made her own ink using foraged oak galls. Jane loves visiting schools and nurseries to share her stories and encourage children to make their own, and also enjoys taking part in local events like Southfields Harvest and Window Wanderland. Jane's recent picture books as author and illustrator include 'Pink Lion' (Walker Books, 2017) and 'King Otter' (Simon & Schuster, 2019), and she has illustrated 'Wings!' and 'Brian the Brave' (written by Paul Stewart, published by Otter Barry Books). She is also the author of 'The Boy Who Loved Everyone' (illustrated by Maisie Paradise Shearring) and 'So You Want To Be An Owl' (illustrated by Maddie Frost, both Walker Books). Jane has also been a river clean-up volunteer with the Wandle Trust for over 15 years, and this experience has inspired her comic graphic novel, The Ghost Carp - a re-telling of Moby Dick, set on the river Wandle.