Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Mick and Brita are now on twitter:


Our new book published 2nd January 2014 by Frances Lincoln Publishing is The Beatles. So far it is in English/US, Spanish and Portuguese languages and available online and good bookshops.

You can buy it here: 

We hope to be doing some events later in the year and we will be In Philadelphia, USA for a few days at the ALA Midwinter.

Meanwhile the book has its own facebook page so please come along and like it:

Monday, 23 September 2013

Mick and Brita have an exhibition celebrating 20 years working together. This will be at the Yorkshire Craft Centre, Bradford, West Yorkshire. Work on exhibition will include illustrations from Tail-End Charlie, Taff in the WAAF and Charles Dickens. There will also be a selection of individual paintings and prints by both artists for sale.

Yorkshire Craft Centre. Monday, September 30, 2013 - 10:30 to Friday, October 11, 2013 - 04:00

Mick Manning. Osprey Faces. (Print.)

Monday, 10 June 2013

Secrets of Stonehenge.

Our new book with Frances Lincoln, Secrets of Stonehenge was a request from English Heritage to make an interesting non-fiction picture book for their new Stonehenge visitors' centre and bookshop. We have done our best and with great help from our consultant, Susan Greaney of English Heritage. Susan made sure we got our facts right in the shifting sands of Stonehenge theory and speculation. 

Finally we have dedicated the book to our friend the artist Stacia Blake who was kind enough to invite us to be part of her exhibition Pieceworks a few years ago.

There is a kind review here: http://booksforkeeps.co.uk/issue/200/childrens-books/reviews/the-secrets-of-stonehenge

'At each stage, without unnecessarily complicating matters, they make clear how little is actually known, how much is informed guesswork, and the way that explanations can be drawn from evidence. '

Friday, 17 May 2013

Our new big cat reader is now published. This book explains the importance of The Battle of Britain to primary school children.

Bader's Battle.

Friday, 12 October 2012

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Nominations 2013

Mick Manning and Brita Granström have been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award alongside over 200 other candidates from 67 countries in the world.

From the ALMA website:
' The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is presented every year. The award total is SEK 5 million, making it the biggest international children's and young adult literature award in the world. The award total indicates that reading by children and young adults is extremely important. The total is also intended to inspire those involved in this field.

The award is presented to authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and those active in reading promotion work. The award may be presented to a single recipient or to several, regardless of language or nationality.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is administered by the Swedish Arts Council.

An award by the Swedish people to the worldChildren’s literature has the ability to boost understanding and exchange between cultures and people. Children’s and young adult's access to literature is a precondition for democracy and openness. The award is designed to strengthen children’s rights at a global level. The attention garnered by the award leads to more translations and to more children having access to high-quality literature.

In the spirit of Astrid Lindgren
Astrid Lindgren argued in favour of peace and democracy and against all forms of violence. She participated in social debate as a creator of public opinion in speeches and in newspaper articles. Her deeply humanist spirit also permeates her books. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is presented to people and organisations who work in her tradition and safeguard democratic values.

Children have the right to good, entertaining, innovative, provocative and complex literature. Astrid Lindgren was prominent in the development of children’s literature as an art form. In works such as Mio, My Son and The Brothers Lionheart and of course via the revolutionary Pippi Longstocking, she stretched the limits of children’s literature. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award rewards artistic activity of the very highest quality.'

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Brita's Exhibitions

Some images from Brita's two recent exhibitions: Butcher, Baker, Cockle Sweet-Maker and A Breath of fresh Air
can be seen here...

... and the full exhibition list with thumbnails, dimensions and prices as at June 2012 here

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Charles Dickens book artwork Exhibition

The artwork from Charles Dickens – Scenes from an Extraordinary Life will be exhibited in the Print Room at the University Gallery and Baring Wing. Newcastle upon Tyne from 18 May - 27 June 2012. This will be framed original artworks.

This will run with Brita's painting exhibitions: A Breath of Fresh Air and Butcher, Baker, Cockle Sweet-Maker. (image below)

Monday, 30 January 2012

Charles Dickens: Scenes From An Extraordinary Life, reviewed by Simon Callow.

Mick and Brita performing in Dallas, Texas. January 2012.

In “Charles Dickens: Scenes From an Extraordinary Life,” Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom take us through the whole life, and do so very wittily, with a telling use of incidents evidently culled from a wide reading of the biographical literature: all sorts of striking detail, like Dickens leaping up from his writing desk to check the expressions on his own face as he wrote, create a fresh and often funny sense of the man. The major novels are neatly summarized in strip cartoons, the visual style is vivacious, with spoken texts ballooning out of people’s mouths, and there is a strong feeling of a life lived...
... anyone of any age who is interested in Dickens would gain something from this book: its verve and wit are infectious. The darker side of Dickens is not dwelt on nor, for this readership, should it be. The subtitle sums it up very well: a wonderful, enduring introduction for young readers.
Simon Callow writing in the New York Times

Buy the book on Amazon here:

There was also a nice review in the Washington Post on the 7th February:

"... like carrying around comic books illustrating Dickens’s life story and many of his most famous stories. It’s fast and fun and historically accurate."

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Brita Granström's London Exhibition 2011

This image by photographer and web designer Tom Bland was taken at Brita Granström's solo exhibition of paintings at Kings Place Gallery June-July 2011. A Breath of Fresh Air' was held at University Gallery Newcastle Upon Tyne: May 18th - June 29th 2012. Catalogue are still available from the University Gallery or via email