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Naturama is a beautiful large format wildlife book for children, written by Michael Fewer and illustrated by me, Melissa Doran.
Out now and published by Gill Books.

Number 1 Bestseller in Irish Children’s Non Fiction

“This breathtakingly exciting new book introduces you to Ireland’s flora and fauna with every changing season. Discover the magic of nature right on your doorstep, from the back garden to the local park and the countryside. Even the smallest garden is a vast canvas of nature with its worms, insects, flowers and birds. Listen to the blackbird’s song, spot an madra rua in your local town, discover why the ash tree is good for making hurlies, count a snail’s 27,000 teeth, watch stags fight and spot jellyfish at the seaside, laughing as you discover the meaning of their Irish name, smugairle róin! With Naturama you will discover the magic of every Irish season. So put your boots on – it’s time to go outside!”

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Naturama, Open your eyes to the wonders of Irish Nature

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Michael Fewer is a beautiful writer, and Naturama is a very gentle and playful introduction to the world around us. My illustrations for the book are inspired by my own childhood, growing up on a small farm in county Leitrim. I loved exploring the fields, walking my two dogs and finding foxes dens and wild blueberry bushes but most of all birdwatching. I kept nature journals and drew pictures and wrote stories about everything I saw out in the wild. This was before the internet so we had to make our own entertainment!

I was speaking on the phone with my uncle Tony in America who is almost 90. He grew up in the same house I did many years before me and told me that the book is bringing back so many happy memories for him from when he was young, which was just lovely to hear. I think that nature and wildlife is a theme that is so relevant for every generation and I’m hearing a lot of feedback about grandparents, parents, and kids enjoying it together.

To see a gallery of Naturama drawings on the RTÉ Culture Website, click here.

For a funny Naturama review on Mooney Goes Wild radio Show from RTÉ 1, listen here (from 23 mins in).

For Naturama related press enquiries please contact Ellen Monnelly at Gill Books, emonnelly@gill.ie

Me on TV!

This is me talking about Naturama and how I draw. It went out on RTÉ 2 on May 26th just before Home and Away so all the teenagers were watching :) If you can’t see it on youtube, watch it here on Facebook..

My Nature Journals from when I was 11

RTÉ Guide

I had a double sided pull-out A2 Naturama themed activity poster in the RTÉ Guide (week starting 20 June 2016) and there was also a reader offer promotion so hope you got a hold of it!

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The Irish Times

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We got a Naturama themed double page spread in the Irish Times weekend magazine on June 25, 2016. The article was written by Arminta Wallace, and features interviews with Michael Fewer and I. To read the online version in The Irish Times, click here.

Irish Mail on Sunday

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On Sunday July 10th 2016 we had a double page spread in the Irish Daily Mail with an article about the inspiration behind Naturama by Michael Fewer.

The Sunday World

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In November 2016 there was the cutest ever Naturama booklet free with The Sunday World, filled with my Autumn and Winter illustrations from the book and nature writing by Michael Fewer. They also made a beautiful promotional video to go along with it, which you can watch here.

The Spring/Summer Naturama booklet came out in March 2017, with a little promo video here.

Farmer’s Journal

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Lovely interview about how I ended up becoming an illustrator by Maria Moynihan in the Irish Country Living section of the Farmer’s Journal – you can read the article here.

More Press:

Therese Mc Kenna interviewed me in a day-in-the-life style interview in the Irish Daily Mail (July 2016) focusing on health and lifestyle. You can read the article here.

Naturama special in the 2017 Leitrim Guardian combined with a love letter to Leitrim  –  the perfect place to live and work as an artist.

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Buy Naturama

Naturama in the gift shop at the National Botanic Gardens Dublin

Naturama in the gift shop at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin

 

Naturama is available in all good bookstores across Ireland so support your local bookstore!
You can also buy online in many places including:
Books.ie (they ship worldwide)

I am also selling prints from Naturama in my etsy shop,  and some framed prints in Bí Urban, 3 Manor Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7.

Some Pics…

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