About

Elys grow up in a place that consisted of a house, a tree and a field. She lived in the house, played in the field and occasionally fell out of the tree. Later, Elys amassed an extensive collection of colouring pencils and went to study on the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. She’s been writing and illustrating children’s book ever since.

When not making books Elys grows cacti, collects pocket watches and confusing maps and waits for the day that someone will bake her banana bread. She is also a lecturer on the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art.

 An army of chickens at The Book Factory Awards 2018

An army of chickens at The Book Factory Awards 2018

Elys can’t stop telling people that she has won, been shortlisted, longlisted or nominated for a range of awards. Here’s some of them:

Lollies 2018 - shortlisted - Mr Bunny’s Chocolate Factory

The Branford Boase Award 2018 - shortlisted - Knighthood for Beginners

The Book Factor 2018 - winner - Mr Bunny’s Chocolate Factory

Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 - nominated - Mr Bunny’s Chocolate Factory

Sutherland Award 2015 - winner -Weasels

Read it again! 2014 - winner - Weasels

Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2014 - shortlisted - Weasels

Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013- shortlisted - Weasels