Hawick Art Club welcomes Roald Dahl’s illustrator

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The children’s book illustrator Patrick Benson, whose pictures adorn books by Roald Dahl and Wind In The Willows author Kenneth Grahame, is returning to Hawick Art Club at Hawick High School tonight, at 7.30pm, to give a lecture titled Drawing From Life: an Illustrator’s Tale.

Mr Benson, who studied classical drawing in Florence and at the Chelsea School of Art, has illustrated 24 titles, including William Mayne’s Hob Stories, Owl Babies, written by Martin Waddell, The MinPins by Roald Dahl, as well as The Little Boat, by Kathy Henderson, and The Sea-Thing Child by Russel Hoban, both of which were shortlisted for a Kate Greenaway Medal.

A passionate fly fisherman, Benson also illustrated Fly Fishing by J. R. Hartley, of Yellow Pages television advertisement fame.

“It is with great anticipation that we welcome him once more,” said Hawick Art Club’s president Elizabeth Jackson. “Visitors on the night are most welcome.”

Tickets cost £3, and there will also be tea and coffee served.