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Ian Morris is a passionate Illustrator with an authentic illustrative voice. He spends time observing his charming hometown, Manchester. Which, he believes lends inspiration for his characterful and whimsical illustrations. 

Ian has worked on a variety of commissions including Every Word Tells A Story by Tom Read Wilson (Quarto), The Library Book by Gabby Dawnay (Thames & Hudson), Alfie’s First Fight by Oliver Sykes (Stories Of Care) and previously worked as monthly Illustrator for Prospect Magazine’s Upfront article section as well as developing his own projects. Ian is enthusiastic about encouraging reading and drawing for children, as a Literacy Champion with the National Literacy Trust for Manchester Central Library.

Ian is represented by Neil Dunnicliffe of Spring Literary.

For all enquiries or commissions, please contact



BA Hons (1st Class): Graphic Design

University of Salford 2014-2017

Master of the Arts in Illustration

Manchester School of Art 2017-2018



Longlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize 2022 for ‘The Library Book’


Nominated for the Yoto Carnegie Illustration Medal 2023 for ‘The Library Book’


Shortlisted for the Portsmouth Library Award 2023 for ‘The Library Book’


Winner of the Gold IPPY Award for Children’s Picture Books 2022 for ‘The Library Book’


Longlisted for the UK SLA Information Book Award 2023 for ‘Every Word Tells A Story’


Winner of the Children’s Literature Book Festival Awards 2023 in Illustrated Young Reader for ‘Alfie’s First Fight’


Acknowledged by the Association of Illustrators for their Top Ten Upcoming Image Makers 2017


Thames & Hudson, Bloomsbury, Quarto Publishing, The National Literacy Trust, Manchester Libraries, Politico Europe, Elephant Academy, Prospect Magazine, BBC History Magazine, The Class of 92, Manchester International Science Festival, OKIDO.

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