Nadia Shireen is an illustrator, writer, and author of the book The Bumblebear.
This week we are in glorious North London to meet picture book illustrator and kids book powerhouse Nadia Shireen! Nadia is the creator of the Billy book series and blockbusters such as The Bumblebear and The Cow Who Fell To Earth. She is also an ex-Smash Hits staffer - which may be mentioned in the course of the episode. We also talked to her about reading guilt, sort of stalking Paul Auster and the Pet Shop Boys.BOOKSDaisy Buchanan - The SisterhoodDale Shaw - Painfully British HaikusNadia Shireen - Billy and the DragonDaphne Du Maurier - RebeccaCharlotte Bronte - Jane EyreHubert Selby Jr - Last Exit to BrooklynDonald Sturrock - Life of Roald DahlRoald Dahl - The WitchesBenji Davis - Bizzy BearMarta Altes - The King CatChris Haughton - Goodnight EveryoneEd Vere - How to be a LionSophy Henn - Where Bear?Oliver Jeffers - The Day the Crayons QuitJohn Klassen - I Want My Hat BackStephen Fry - The LiarStephen Fry - PaperweightVarious - Amassed HysteriaTom Hibbert - Who The HellSmash Hits - Best ofJay McInerney - Story of My LifePaul Auster - Moon PalacePaul Auster - New York TrilogyPaul Auster - Mr VertigoPaul Auster - Hand to MouthTayari Jones - An American MarriageJudy Blume - Letters to JudyJudy Blume - SuperfudgeJudy Blume - Tales of a Fourth Grade NothingJudy Blume - Are You There God It’s Me MargaretJudy Blume - Then Again Maybe I Won’tJudy Blume - Iggie’s HouseJudy Blume - Otherwise Known as Sheila The GreatJudy Blume - DeenieJudy Blume - Tiger EyesJudy Blume - ForeverHanif Kureishi - Buddha of SuburbiaSue Townsend - Secret Diary of Adrian Mole  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Illustrator and children's author Nadia Shireen celebrates the comic voice of Smash Hits magazine, and the influence it had on her, and the way we make jokes about pop.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
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London Borough of Ealing, England, United Kingdom
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1 hour, 52 minutes