Quentin Blake is knighted

I was thrilled to hear that Quentin Blake has been knighted in the New Year honours list.

Quentin BlakeKnown perhaps most widely for his illustrations for Roald Dahl’s stories and his drawings during episodes of Jackanory in the 1970s, as well as his support for hospitals and health centres around the country, Blake has apparently referred to the honour as ‘quite a nice 80th birthday present’.

Since the illustrator has just moved to Norfolk, two new exhibitions will be held in the area to display some of his work, including ‘The World of Quentin Blake’ at the Diss Corn Hall Gallery (until February 2nd) and ‘Quentin Blake: Drawn by Hand’ at the The Big Draw Quentin BlakeFitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge (February 12 to May 12).

A new museum, The House of Illustration, is also due to open near King’s Cross in London in early 2014, to which Quentin Blake has pledged his archive of more than 4,000 drawings and 250 illustrated books. You can find out more about it by following this link. I can’t wait!