The following illustrations and spreads were for the poem “Merlin and the Snake’s Egg” by Leslie Norris. The anthology of narrative poems “Once Upon a Poem”, was also illustrated by Peter Bailey, Carol Lawson and Chris McEwan. We were all students at Brighton Art College many years ago, along with the designer Ian Butterworth. The publisher was The Chicken House. The book was championed by Kevin Crossley Holland, Philip Pullman, J.K.Rowling and Michael Morpurgo. Leslie Norris was born in Merthyr Tydfil and became a poet and short story writer, earning his living by lecturing in Britain and the U.S.A. He wrote to me following the publication of this book. FullSizeRender copymerlin3merlinmerlin 2FullSizeRendertree