Quentin Blake

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair offers its best wishes for the 90th birthday of the great English artist and illustrator: an entire wall at the entrance to the fair will be dedicated to Quentin Blake, welcoming visitors from all over the world with illustrations created on the occasion of the artist’s birthday. To celebrate Blake’s milestone birthday, indeed, the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration have invited 90 of the UK’s leading illustrators (including Axel Scheffler - best known for his collaborations with Julia Donaldson including The Gruffalo, Lauren Child - former Children’s Laureate and creator of Charlie and Lola, Chris Riddell - political cartoonist for The Observer, Margaret Calvert - best known as a designer of the UK road sign system, plus Oliver Jeffers, Posy Simmonds, Joey Yu, Hannah Berry and many, many more) to create an image of a candle that references the original meaning of the word ‘illustration’ as “to light up, make light or illuminate”.