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This month's news items are the publication of a book illustrated by HVA Member Martin Impey, and the latest in our 'Postcard from Shetland' series by Connie Flynn.

Martin Impey

To mark the centenary of the start of the First World War one of the UK’s top creative teams, Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey, have dedicated their new book Where The Poppies Now Grow to their great uncles who fell at the Somme. 

Admiring of their devotion to duty, and deeply aware of the effect the deaths of their great uncles had on their grandparents' families, they have combined their talents in a beautiful story of devoted friendship which is tested, but survives the tragedy of war. In tribute to the war poets of the time, Hilary’s work of fiction is written in rhyme, and is set in a bygone age.  Martin, who previously illustrated War Horse for OUP, has with illustrious artwork captured the very essence of the time, the innocence of childhood and the courage of those in battle.  In short Where The Poppies Now Grow is a celebration of the human condition.

“Written in the great poetic tradition of depicting war as something immensely sad and personal, ‘Where the Poppies Now Grow’ is a powerful, poignant and beautifully written poem, superbly illustrated, one which touches our hearts.“   Gervase Phinn, author and former County Inspector of Schools

Where The Poppies Now Grow has been written to help young children engage with a period of history where so many sacrificed their lives, so that we might live in peace.  The sequel, The Christmas Truce – The Place Where Peace Was Found will be published later this year.

About the illustrator: Martin Impey studied graphic design with distinction and alongside illustration has worked in design, film, advertising and marketing.  Passionate about military history he illustrated War Horse for OUP.

Where the Poppies Now Grow
by Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey Strauss House Productions, paperback, £6.99 ISBN: 978-0-9571245-8-5.

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HVA Member Connie Flynn records her experiences whilst studying for a degree in Contemporary Textiles in Shetland via a monthly 'Postcard'. 

APRIL - Dazzle Camouflage in Shetland !

Photograph by Connie Flynn
Click here to view the series of postcards to-date