Illustrator Event: Stephen Walton, Illustrator of Counting Lions

Front Cover Counting Lions

Join us for our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday November 25 at Bury Art Museum where we will be joined by Stephen Walton, the talented and acclaimed illustrator of Counting Lions.


Ten Zebras Ever Alert

This is a book that has been receiving a lot of attention in the book press recently and we wholeheartedly endorse the hype – it’s truly a book to fall in love with. With spectacular full page charcoal drawings (almost photographic in their detail) this is a glorious production. Beginning with ‘one lion’ and ending with ‘ten zebras’, all the animals have been specially chosen because they are endangered. The large format and astonishing detail give the portraits an immediacy which fully brings home the need to cherish and protect these animals.  A sentiment perfectly echoed by Katie Cotton’s poetic text. Rendered in an almost neon orange type this sits beautifully alongside the illustrations:  

“Five elephants travel the dusty paths of memory./ From the day of their birth, the babies walk./ They walk into adulthood and beyond,/ following the paths set by their mothers before them.”

A foreword from eminent wildlife campaigner Virginia McKenna and endnotes offering information about the animals and their endangered status bookend this beautiful book – add to that the fact that a 5% royalty will be donated to the Born Free Foundation and there’s really no reason not to rush out and grab yourself a copy.

We will have copies of Stephen’s book available for sale and signing on the night but in the meantime I’d urge you to go and take a look at his website Stephen Walton Wildlife Art & Illustration –  the fabulous timelapse video of him drawing the eponymous lion from the front cover is a must see.

Places for the event are free of charge but must be booked in advance. To reserve places at this special event, please contact

5:00pm (for 5.30 start) – 7:00pm

Wednesday 25 November

Bury Museum

Moss Street




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