Fun and philosophy in Pitlochry as Wild Space hosts top illustrator

Families invited to challenge Mission:Explore John Muir book illustrator to produce inky sketches on demand

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As part of a week-long series of events in the run-up to John Muir Day (April 21), award-winning illustrator Tom Morgan-Jones will display his artistic prowess by producing pen-and-ink sketches on demand, focusing on John Muir and outdoor-related themes.

Tom has illustrated more than 70 books, including John Muir: Mission Explore, which encourages young would-be explorers to undertake a range of adventure activities inspired by the writings of the Scots-born founding father of nature conservation.

This Saturday 15 April from 11am, Tom will be in the John Muir Trust’s Wild Space visitor centre, where he will invite children – and adults – to request quick-fire drawings of anything connected with nature, John Muir or the great outdoors.

As well as getting chance to meet a top illustrator, visitors can also pick up up a free copy of John Muir: Mission Explore, which was created as part of a partnership between the John Muir Trust and Mission:Explore, a group of teachers, artists, activists and adventurers.

Kevin Lelland of the John Muir Trust said: “We see this as a day of fun and philosophy in the spirit of John Muir himself, who combined rigorous scientific exploration with a child-like enchantment at the wonders of nature.

“Tom is a great illustrator and we’re delighted he’ll be applying his talent in a light-hearted way to get people talking and thinking about John Muir and his ideas.”

When: Saturday 15 April, from 11am
Where: John Muir Trust Wild Space visitor centre, Pitlochry