Published: 28 March 2023 at 12:30
ARU illustration lecturer brings Mary Anning’s remarkable story to life for children
A children’s book telling the story of an often forgotten forerunner in the field of palaeontology has been written and illustrated by Kate Winter, lecturer on the BA (Hons) Illustration course at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU).
The Fossil Hunter, published by Puffin Books, explores the achievements of Mary Anning, a fossil collector who gained global renown for her discoveries on the south coast of England in the 19th century.
The historic relics unearthed by Anning on the beaches of Dorset made her a pioneer of palaeontology, with many of her finds still contributing to scientific understanding of dinosaur evolution.
Featuring an inspirational tale told on panoramic fold-out pages, all illustrated by Kate, the publication will be available to buy as both a picture book and e-book from 6 April.
Discussing her motivations for telling this story, Kate said:
The Fossil Hunter will not be the last Puffin Books title written and illustrated by Kate Winter, who has another project with the publisher set to be released next year. This book will focus on cave paintings and humanity’s innate creativity in storytelling.
Not only affiliated to the university as a member of staff, Kate also completed an MA in Childrens Book Illustration at ARU. In the process, her work received broad acclaim as she won the Cambridge School of Art Ronald Searle prize for creativity, finished runner up in the prestigious Batsford Prize for Illustration and was highly commended in the V&A Student Illustrator of The Year.
In addition to commercial commissions for the likes of Nokia and Nike, Kate’s previous projects have included work on titles such as Yoga for Motherhood and Other Women’s Kitchens.