Holly is a a freelance children’s author and illustrator based in the North East of England. She loves to work by hand using a variety of different media including watercolour, pencil and different printing processes. In 2009, Holly graduated from the University of Sunderland with a First Class Honors Degree in Illustration and Design. In 2011 she decided to go back to university, to do a two year Masters at Edinburgh College of Art. She graduated with a Master of Fine Art (MFA) with Distinction in 2013. In the same year she was highly Commended for the Macmillan Illustration Prize and the winner of the Seven Stories/Frances Lincoln Illustration Competition. After Holly completed her Masters Degree, she worked at a greeting card company in the North East of England. After a year in the industry, Holly decided to make writing and illustrating picture books full time commitment. Holly now lectures in Illustration and Design at Sunderland University alongside her professional work. She has been nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Award and selected by The Independent as one of the top 12 books of the year.