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Alexis Deacon

Monday, 10 March 2014

Alexis Deacon was born in London in 1978 to a family of artists. For the first two years of his life he travelled across the United States of America seeing all sorts of amazing things. He remembers none of it.

From an early age he showed a passion for drawing and storytelling that has stayed with him throughout his life. As a young child he would fill sketchbook after sketchbook with scribbled drawings much to the dismay of his grandmother who knew how much they cost. Now that he is working as a professional illustrator she is convinced that this is the reason.

When he left school at eighteen he had a place to read English at Cambridge University but he spent too much time playing Playstation and didn't get the right grades. He went to art college instead, which was where he had wanted to go all along, getting a First Class Degree in Illustration from the University of Brighton.

Whilst at Brighton, he wrote a story about a docile nocturnal animal called a Slow Loris. Slow Loris was published by Random House in 2002. Now he is a published author many times over and teaches on the MA in Children's Book Illustration at, ironically, Cambridge School of Art. 

In 2002, Slow Loris was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award. Beegu was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2004. His books have twice been selected for The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books Award. In 2008 he was chosen by Booktrust as one of the ten best new illustrators of the last decade.