Moving tributes to Secret Fairy artist
Illustrator died four days after her wedding
A WORLD famous children’s author and illustrator has died four days after getting married.
Penny Dann, who grew up in Vine Road, Stoke Poges, died on Saturday, December 20, aged 50, after a battle with cancer.
Four days earlier she had married partner of 11 years, graphic artist Tom Sanderson, at the Martlets Hospice in Hove, where she was staying.
Her parents have spoken proudly of her achievements.
Mother Jill Dann, from Framewood Road, Stoke Poges, said: “When she was two years old she loved to sit and draw, cut and colour.” Miss Dann illustrated anthologies, early readers, fairytales and poetry collections, and most recently illustrated Polly Parrot Picks a Pirate, released in September.
She also created The Secret Fairy series, in the 1990s and early 2000s, which sold more than a million copies.
Her career began more than 30 years ago when she won a place at Brighton Art College where her tutor was Raymond Briggs – creator of The Snowman.
He was so impressed with her work he helped her get a publisher for her first children’s book, One for the Pot.
She also illustrated Making Magic for magician Fay Presto, the Animals Bedtime Book, Read Me a Story, Please and Too Many Tickles.
The latter featured on CBeebies just before Christmas, read by actress Lisa Riley.
Miss Dann had more than 250 books published.
Father Julian Dann has spoken about his early fears over her career choice and recalled how he advised her to take A-levels. He said: “She agreed to take A-levels but when I finally learned what subjects she had chosen, they turned out to be art and etching. She knew exactly what she was going to do.”
Miss Dann’s funeral takes place at the Downs Crematorium, in Bear Road, Brighton BN2 3PL, on Wednesday at 1pm.
MAKING MAGIC: Tributes have been paid to Penny Dann, the children's author and illustrator who died from cancer four days after marrying her long-term partner