2021 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal!

Incredibly humbled and slightly daunted to share that “Children of Lir by @laurarmaher and m’self has been nominated for the 2021 Kate Greenaway Award @cilip_uk
A HUGE thank you to all the wonderful librarians involved and to @theobrienpress for making it all possible
@bathlitagency #kategreenawaymedal #ckg21 #illustration #illustrator #kidslitart #booksforkids #irishpicturebooks #irishmythsandlegends #childrenoflir #swans #kidslit

Preview book release “Ulster Fairytales and legends”

Fresh outta’ the postman’s van! The latest book I’ve been working along side the wonderful @theobrienpress team and father/daughter writers Nicola and Peter Heaney!

Always a joy to hold a final piece in your hands but more so when you’ve enjoyed every bit of it. Out 5th October (THATS NEXT WEEK! ) via the @theobrienpress site and most local book shops.

Will have a sneak peak for you later #UlsterFairytalesAndLegends #picturebookmakersni #kidslit #kidslitart #cbi #childrensbooksireland #irishmythology #irishfairytales #irish #ulster #ulstermythology #illustration #illustrator #watercolor #sneekpeek #childrenstories

A bit about me…CBI

For anyone that fancies a gander, I was asked by the lovely folks @kidsbooksirel to write a little about m’self and why I love to work within Children’s picture books https://childrensbooksireland.ie/features/books-make-things-better-with-conor-busttil/ #kidslitart #kidslitillustration #irishchildrensbooks #irishcreatives #irishartist #childrenspicturebooks #picturebookmakersni #artscouncilireland

Nature in Lockdown day#3

Great to hear any conservation story when something comes back from the brink. So to hear that for the first time in 250 years that the White tailed Eagle was spotted over south- west England is a triumph I think. Needless to say there’s always one or two residences that might not take it too well…

“Eagles over England”

Nature in Lockdown

‘Nature in Lockdown’ you cant help but be inspired by all the wonderful scenes of recent where nature is rediscovering the world again without our nosy, smelly everyday presence. The brill idea was suggested to me to illustrate some of the quirky and surreal goings on of nature over the past few weeks and I thought I’d have a go #natureinlockdown #nature #wildlifeinlockdown #lockdown #illustration #doodle #sketchbook #penandink #freedom #picturebookmakersni

“Nature in Lockdown“

CBI conference 2019

Not long back from the wonderful CBI conference of 2019 “Belonging” and what a treat it was to be a among such a warm and welcoming people.

Hosted in the perfectly situated “Light House Theatre” with its very hip and modern style I had the nerve wracking honour to speak as one of New Voices of 2019.

First up on the list, I got to sit alongside of Ireland’s most super talents new artists and Authors – what a treat.

And there we are, the “New Voices class of 2019” all stood smiling nicely together after our talks. I couldn’t believe how talented they all were, I have definitely made some friends for life after this experience not just with my fellow New voices but with a few of those smiley faces up in the audience.