John Vernon Lord in-conversation with William Feaver

John Vernon Lord was born in Derbyshire. He is an author, illustrator and teacher. His children’s books have been published widely and translated into several languages. His picture book The Giant Jam Sandwich has become a classic, having been in print for forty-five years. His illustrations for The Nonsense Verse of Edward Lear and Aesop’s Fables both won national prizes. The latter won the W.H. Smith/V&A Illustration Award in 1990. He has also illustrated books of poetry, myths, legends, sagas and epics. Recently he has illustrated Ulysses and Finnegans Wake by James Joyce for the Folio Society. Vernon Lord has also had a career in education having been head of various departments and schools during his 55 years teaching at Brighton. He was Professor of Illustration at the University of Brighton 1986-99, where he is now Professor Emeritus. He was the Chair of the Graphic Design Board of the Council for National Academic Awards 1981-84.