Town artist designs top book
Nobel Prize winner gets help from Inkymole
AN ARTIST from Hinckley has helped to illustrate the front cover of a new book by the youngest Nobel Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai.
Renowned illustrator Sarah J Coleman, better known as Inkymole, produced the flowing text and imagery on the front of the children’s book Malala’s Magic Pencil, which was published by New York based Little, Brown and Company in October.
Her work sits above an illustration of a young Malala holding a pencil, by the French illustrators Kerascoet, who produced the book’s interior illustrations.
A copy sent to her as a thank you bears a handwritten dedication from Malala herself.
Former John Cleveland College student Sarah, who works from a home studio in the town, had previously submitted a title illustration for Yousafzai’s best-selling autobiography I Am Malala which came out in 2013, although it was substituted at the last minute.
She said: “I did the work (for Malala’s Magic Pencil) around 18 months ago and created the big ornate title and the golden decoration surrounding it. “It was all created in ink on paper. “I created new versions in Spanish, Gallego and Catalan earlier this year, which are due out soon.
“At one point a proof of the book was flown from the publishers all the way from New York to Birmingham, which is where Malala was living at the time.
“I never got to meet her. I rarely get to meet my authors but this is one young lady I’d love to have chatted to.
“Her image and story are so internationally well known that it’s easy to think we know her but I imagine that any conversation with her would be surprising, inspiring, and challenging.”
Malala is a Pakistani activist for female education who became famous when she was taken to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment after being shot by a Taliban gunman in 2012 when she was just 15.
Since recovering, she has continued her human rights work, pressing for the education of women and children in her homeland.
In 2014, at the age of 17, she was announced as co-recipient of that year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
Now aged 20, her new book may encourage more young people to speak up for what they believe in and to make a difference.
“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world,” is the message it bears.
According to her publishers, as a child in Pakistan Malala made a wish for a magic pencil that she could use to redraw reality.
“She would use it to give gifts to her family, to erase the smell from the rubbish dump near her house, to sleep an extra hour in the morning.
“As she grew older, Malala wished for bigger and bigger things. She saw a world that needed fixing.
“And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.”
This book, they say, tells her story in her own words for a young audience and shows them the world view that allowed her to hold on to hope and to make her voice heard even in the most difficult of times.
Renowned Hinckley-based illustrator Sarah J Coleman, better-known as Inkymole, with a personally dedicated copy of the Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai’s book Malala’s Magic Pencil for whom she produced the title text and surrounding embellishments
Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai with a copy of her book Malala’s Magic Pencil, whose title text and surrounding embellishments were produced by renowned Hinckley-based illustrator Sarah J Coleman, better-known as Inkymole, October 2017