Nicola’s degree show at the Royal College of Art immediately caught the eye of publisher Tom Maschler and her debut, Nicola Bayley’s Book of Nursery Rhymes, was published by Jonathan Cape in 1975. Illustrated with charm, finesse and an almost enamelled luminosity that was to become her hallmark, it was a huge success.

She is responsible for the gorgeous paintings in the perennially popular Mousehole Cat, written by Antonia Barber.

Nicola is now collaborating with award-winning British poet Brian Patten on picture books for Andersen Press.

  • The Big Snuggle-up was shortlisted for the Sheffield Book Award 2012
  • "Bayley's pictures are characteristically painstaking and gentle, softly lit, finely worked and pretty" The Sunday Times on The Big Snuggle-up
  • "Bayley is a brilliant artist whose pictures glow like Medieval manuscripts" The New York Times on Can I Come Too?
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