Follow the tales of the Irish bog imps. Created by character artist and children’s author Richard Wall and illustrated by Kevin McHugh.
Working as a character artist, the creatures I create seem so full of personality, that they cry out for a back story. You start to think, where would this little creature live? What would it’s habits be? How would they interact with the real world? Muckfoot was the first of the imps that seemed to have a fully formed personality.
She sat on a shelf in my workshop in Leitrim and every time she caught my eye I would begin thinking of her story. Hedgeroot and Dryleaf soon followed and whilst on a walk in the boggy fields of Stadermot, (an area near my workshop in Ballinamore) the Bog Imp tales started to take shape.
I approached local artist Kevin McHugh to see if he would illustrate the books. I was delighted when he agreed as I always loved his work and thought our two styles would work really well together. We set to work and with the help of lots of cups to tea and generous slices of apple tart, we brought the Irish Bog Imp tales to life.