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Shakespeare Week Portraits

Mick Manning and Brita Granström’s William Shakespeare

Who created it?

Mick Manning and Brita Granström


What is it made of?

Watercolour paint


Artist Biography

Mick Manning and Brita Granström's much-loved children's non-fiction picture books mix words and images in all sorts of inventive and delightful ways. 

Their first book together won the Smarties Silver Prize and since then they have won many, many awards. Their book about Mick's father Tail-End Charlie was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and they were shortlisted for the 2013 and 2014 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the largest children's literature prize in the world.

They have written and illustrated a book together all about Shakespeare and his life. It’s called William Shakespeare – scenes from the life of the world’s greatest writer. It’s all about Shakespeare’s life and it was published in association with The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.


About the Picture

This portrait of William Shakespeare by Brita Granström was made after visiting the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and being given a very informative and inspiring tour of Shakespeare’s Birthplace.

Brita says she wanted to capture the humanity of Will but also give him the twinkle in his eye we all know was there!