stories and illustration


Books for Children

Riding to Canonbie. poetry for children with black and white illustrations. Hamish Hamilton. 1972

Old Merlaine, poetry for children with black and white illustrations. William Heinemann. 1975.

Parchment House, novel for children with scraperboard illustrations. Methuen. 1989

Twenty-Six Rabbbits Run Riot, picture book. Orchard Books. 1990.

Twenty-Six Rabbits Go Crackers, picture book. Orchard Books 1991.

Dudley Shadow, novel for children. Methuen. 1993.

Pzazz, novel for children with black and white illustrations. Methuen. 1993.

Billy Dipper Braves the Ghosts. Flipper Series. Macmillan.1995.

The Witch-Baby, story for young children. Andersen Press. 1998.

The Berwick Bear & His Fiddle. Serafina Press. 2005

Bear in a Boat in the Borders  (with Jennifer Doherty).  Serafina Press. Press 2008.

The Midnight Hare, picture book.  Moonwuzo Books 2018.

Picture Books illustrated for Serafina Press

The Mouse of Gold, by Jennifer Doherty and Gerald Goldin. Serafina Press. 2006.

The Eyemouth Mermaid, by Jennifer Doherty. Serafina Press. 2007.

Secrets of the Smuggler’s House, by Fay Waddell. Serafina Press. 2009.

The Fierce and Gentle Wolf, by Jennifer Doherty and Geraldn Goldin. Serafina Press. 2011.

Awards and Prizes

Short-listed, John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for best first novel by writer under 35. 1964.

Winner of Habitat Christmas Card Design competition, 1984.

Winner of Signal Award for best children’s book of the year, for Parchment House. 1989.

Additional Material

My work has frequently been chosen for Children’s Books of the Year exhibitions and publications, and has been mentioned in various other publications. I have poems in a number of anthologies. I have also illustrated work by other authors, many being of folk tales. Editions of my books have been published in USA, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Holland, Spain and Denmark. Recently The Mouse of Gold, which I illustrated for Jennifer Doherty and Gerald Goldin, has been translated into Arabic and has been published as a dual language edition in Israel, as part of an educational project.  The Fierce and Gentle Wolf has also been translated into Arabic, under the same scheme.



  1. Oh, my goodness – you wrote “Riding to Canonbie!” I found that beautiful book at a yard sale in the late 70s, and completely fell in love with it. I’m a composer, and immediately wrote music to “Jeremy Jimpson,” which I taught to the children with whom I babysat – and they still remember it today. Somewhere along the way I lost the book, and am thrilled to find it available online! THANK YOU for “Riding to Canonbie.” It is transcendently lovely and unforgettable.


    Comment by rattyariel | November 16, 2017 | Reply

    • What a wonderful communication to receive this cold morning, and so touching to know that the book I wrote so long ago, in the wilds of the Cumbrian countryside, could give pleasure and inspire you to write music to one of the poems. Thank you for writing, it means a lot to me. My son once said to me: “What you do for work is good in that it doesn’t harm anyone and it gives pleasure to people,” and I have always treasured that comment.


      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | November 27, 2017 | Reply

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