Children's author and illustrator Shirley Hughes dies :: NEWS

Children's author and illustrator Shirley Hughes dies

02 March 2022 Share

Shirley Hughes, the English author and illustrator behind more than 60 books, including Dogger and the Alfie series, has sadly passed away at the age of 94.

During a career that spanned 70 years, Hughes was voted the most popular Kate Greenaway winner in 50 years for her picture book, Dogger, and also won BookTrust’s inaugural lifetime achievement award in 2015.

Gowing up in Wirral, Hughes left the local grammar school at 16 to study costume at Liverpool School of Art. She went on to Oxford’s Ruskin School of Drawing before starting her career as an illustrator for the books of other authors, getting her first major break when she was asked to take on Dorothy Edwards' My Naughty Little Sister series, published in 1952. She was then sought out by Noel Streatfeild to illustrate a new novel, The Bell Family.

In 1960, Hughes proposed her own picture book, Lucy and Tom’s Day, which turned into a popular series. Her beloved picture book, Dogger, was published in 1977 to global acclaim, followed by her well-loved Alfie books, which began in 1981 with the story of four-year-old Alfie accidentally locking himself in his house after a shopping trip with his mum and his little sister.

Our thoughts are with her family and friends.