Pam Smy

Senior Lecturer, Illustration

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Cambridge School of Art

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Illustration, drawing and book art

Courses taught: Children's Book Illustration, Illustration, Illustration and Animation

Pam combines her lecturing with ongoing illustration for children, specializing in illustration for chapter books and novels for older children. Her work has been published by a range of UK publishers, including The Folio Society, Walker Books, Random House Children’s Books and David Fickling Books.

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Pam studied BA (Hons) Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University, going on to study the MA Children's Book Illustration in 2001. As a student, Pam was awarded 3rd place in the Macmillan Prize, a project that led to her first picture book contract with Egmont Books in 2003. Pam has worked for various UK publishers including Macmillan Educational, Hutchinson, Frances Lincoln, Walker Books, A&C Black and Egmont. She has illustrated for authors such as Julia Donaldson, John Agard and Arthur Conan Doyle, Siobhan Dowd, Penelope Lively and Linda Newbery. Pam's books are published in various countries around the world including Britain, Germany, USA, Italy, Korea, Israel and Australia.

Research interests

  • Narrative drawing
  • The history and contemporary use of black and white artwork


  • BA (Hons) Illustration
  • MA Children's Book Illustration

Selected recent publications

As Illustrator:
Newbery, L. Brockenspectre, (Penguin Random House, 2015)

Lively, P. The Ghost of Thomas Kempe, (The Folio Society, 2014)

Dowd, S. The Ransom of Dond, (David Fickling Books, 2013)

Newbery, L. Lob, (David Fickling Books, 2010)

Donaldson, J. Follow the Swallow, (Egmont Books, 2006)

Conan Doyle, A. The Hound of the Baskervilles, (Walker Books, 2006)

Cattell, B and Agard, J. Shine On, Butter-Finger (Frances Lincoln Ltd. 2007)

Cattell, B and Agard, J. Butter-Finger (Frances Lincoln Ltd. 2006)