FOREMAN, Michael

1938 - ?

Michael Foreman

Born at Pakefield, Lowestoft, Suffolk on 21 March 1938, son of Walter T. Goddard who kept the village shop who died a month before Michael's birth, his mother's maiden name was Goddard. When Michael was three the family home was struck by an enemy bomb but he, his mother and his two elder brothers survived. He studied at Lowestoft School of Art under Eleanor Doris Varley [q.v.] and at St Martin's School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London from where he won a scholarship to study in the United States. His first children's book was published while he was still a student. After completing his studies, he travelled all over the world, making films and television commercials and doing hundreds of sketches which he later used as the inspiration for many of his books. Before becoming a full-time author and illustrator, he lectured at various Schools of Art. He has illustrated books by authors such as Dickens, Shakespeare, The Brothers Grimm, Roald Dahl and Rudyard Kipling, has designed Christmas stamps for the Post Office, and regularly contributes illustrations to American and European magazines. He won the 1982 and 1989 Kate Greenaway Medals for British children's book illustration and was a commended runner up five times. Michael Foreman also writes and illustrates his own books. He married his first wife, author Jane Charters, in 1959 and their son Mark was born the following year. He now lives in London (2010).




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