Natalie Russell

Russell, Natalie



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Natalie Russell is a Lecture of Illustration and an Author / Illustrator of children’s picture books - her work has been published within the UK, USA, Japan, China, Korea and Thailand.   
Natalie’s research focuses on the process of composing children’s narratives, with particular interest in the writing process and the influential factors that shape each story and resolve her animal character’s individual dilemmas. She believes it is important to get to know each character intimately through crafting the narrative over time. Actions, dialogue, settings, plots and themes are all explored in depth to assist in the decision making process and to lead Natalie’s uncertain journey to a more meaningful and sure-worded end.
Since the publication of her first book ‘Hamish the Highland Cow’ (Bloomsbury) in 2003, Natalie has published eight solo titles with leading international publishing houses including Bloomsbury Children’s Publishing and Macmillan Children’s Books, and recently collaborated with Kobi Yamada on ‘Because I had a Teacher’ for Compendium Inc. in Seattle, USA. In 2004 Natalie was shortlisted for the Scottish Booktrust Early Years Award (Best New Illustrator) with ‘Hamish the Highland Cow’ and was nominated for the The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal in 2009 with ‘Moon Rabbit’ (Macmillan). ‘Lost for Words’ (Macmillan) became runner up in the Scottish Children’s Book Awards in 2015 and was included in the Bookbug Family Pack that was gifted to every Primary 1 child in Scotland.
Natalie was mentor on the successful Picturehooks Mentoring Scheme (2012/13 & 2014/15) for emerging Scottish Illustrators and regularly attends literary events at learning institutions, libraries and book festivals to promote books, literacy skills and related image-making processes.  

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts

Award Date: 15 Dec 1999

Bachelor of Design

Award Date: 15 Jun 1996

External positions

Guest Lecturer, University of Edinburgh


  • NC Drawing Design Illustration
  • Narrative


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