Quentin Blake is delighted to become the newest Patron of the Owls Trust. He was invited to do after adopting one of the Trust's owls, Woodii (pictured, on a visit to QBHQ in February 2018), an African Wood Owl which is looked after at the Trust's headquarters in North Wales. The Owls Trust works to rescue owls and birds of prey and offers education in their care and well-being for schools and visiting groups.
Quentin's interest in owls began early in life when as a schoolboy he put together enough pocket money to buy a copy of Eric Hosking’s Birds of the Night. Recently he seized the opportunity to illustrate, in an English version by John Yeoman, Emmanuele Luzzati’s Three Little Owls.
He says: “The shapes of behaviour of owls has always fascinated me, and they are always getting into my work, from Mr Magnolia who had some owls who were learning to hoot to oil paintings with figures and flying owls. It’s something very special to be asked to become a patron of the Owls Trust; not only a privilege, but full of interest.”
For more information about the work of the Owls Trust, or to visit their Sanctuary, go to: theowlstrust.org.