Raymond Briggs – A tribute to renowned author and illustrator

With great sadness, the news of Raymond Briggs’ passing was announced today. Best known for his 1978 wordless picture book The Snowman, Briggs has written and illustrated many titles that have inspired joy and touched the hearts of the readers who have turned their pages. Some of his other works include The Mother Goose Treasury (1966) and Father Christmas (1973) – both of which earned him a Kate Greenaway medal – and a favourite among the TSA staff is the graphic novel Ethel and Ernest (1998), which tells the story of how his parents met and their life together.

Briggs was also a great teacher for others interested in illustration and telling stories. He taught illustration at Brighton School of Art from 1961 to 1986. One of his students during this time was Chris Riddell, who has penned a tribute to him as a mentor.

We send our best wishes to Raymond’s family and friends. He will be greatly missed.