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P. J. Lynch

Illustrator from Ireland

Patrick James Lynch (born 2 March 1962), known professionally as P. J. Lynch, is an Irish artist and illustrator of children's books. He won both the 1995 and 1997 Kate Greenaway Medals from the British Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book illustration by a British subject. Born in Belfast, Lynch was the youngest of five children. He was interested in art from an early age, often choosing to spend his free periods during school in the art department. According to Lynch, Belfast was a "scary" place for a teenager in the 1970s (see The Troubles), and he used drawing and reading as a "way of escaping for a while from the horrors that were happening around me in the real world." He attended the Brighton College of Art, leaving in 1984 to begin working on children's books. Lynch's first illustrated book was A Bag of Moonshine by Alan Garner (1986), a collection of folklore tales from England and Wales. For that work he won the Mother Goose Award, given to the "most exciting newcomer to British children's book illustration". Since then, traditional stories, legends, and fairy tales have been a recurring subject of his work. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Pj lynch,P.J. Lynch
Date of birth
1962-03-02
Place of birth
Belfast
Nationality
Ireland

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