Town artist de­signs top book

No­bel Prize win­ner gets help from Inky­mole

Hinckley Times - - FRONT PAGE - RACHEL PAR­RISH rachel.par­rish@trin­i­tymir­

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

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