Wyre Council

Winner of Mythic Coastline Illustrator Competition Revealed

Published on Monday 18th October 2010

A talented artist has been selected to illustrate an exciting new children's book celebrating the history, landscape and folklore of the Cleveleys coast.

Hannah Megee from Totnes in Devon will provide the illustrations for the book provisionally titled "Between the Moon and the Earth" following a nationwide search of hopeful artists to depict the theme of the book in captivating imagery.

The 28 year old wowed the judges with her creative flair and enthralling illustrations which saw her beat off stiff competition from over one hundred artists.

The competition was organised by Lancashire literature agency Litfest, and Wyre Borough Council, to launch the Mythic Coastline project which aims to develop stories, illustration, public art works and events to inspire and enthuse local people and visitors to the Lancashire coastline between Cleveleys and Fleetwood.

Andy Darby, Artistic Director of Litfest, who will edit the book, said: "Hannah's stunning imagery and creative capabilities really captured the imagination of the judges who were bowled over by her interpretations of the Mythic Coastline.

"Her outstanding artistic flair, together with her endless passion for the project, really inspired us all. This made Hannah the perfect choice to capture the spirit of the Mythic Coastline and bring it to life through her illustrations.

"We are delighted to welcome such a gifted artist to our talented team working on this exciting project."

Hannah will work alongside critically acclaimed children's author Gareth Thompson on the book which will explore some of the coastline's treasures from Fleetwood Harbour and Rossall sand dunes to mythical shipwrecks.

Her designs will also be the inspiration of public artworks which will be created by public artist Stephen Broadbent who has designed the award-winning Cleveleys 'People's Promenade'.

Stephen said: "Hannah's work has a mythic quality that fits very well and I look forward to working together to bring Gareth's narrative alive visually and physically as public artworks."

Hannah, who describes herself as a 'traditional illustrator', is absolutely thrilled to have won. She said: "I am so excited to be involved in such a fascinating project and it means so much to me that my designs will be featured in the book and inspire all aspects of the project.

"Coastal imagery is particularly important to me as growing up by the sea in the South West has always inspired my creativity and my illustrations intuitively capture the themes of magic, mythology and nature.

"I am really looking forward to working with Gareth and the team at Litfest, Stephen Broadbent and Wyre Borough Council to symbolise what makes the Mythic Coastline so special."

Hannah has a Masters Degree in Authorial Illustration and her portfolio of work spans across the creative industries with her artwork adorning television, the record industry and new media.

Wyre Borough Council is pleased to deliver the Mythic Coastline project which aims to connect together the nearby communities of Rossall and Fleetwood. The project follows on from the successful coastal regeneration along the Cleveleys coast by Wyre Borough Council, Birse Coastal Limited and the public artist Stephen Broadbent.

Councillor Lynne Bowen, Wyre Borough Council Cabinet member with responsibility for culture, added: "We're delighted that such an exceptional artist has been chosen to make Wyre's new waterfront come alive in vibrant artwork for local people and visitors to enjoy for years to come."

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