Haley, Gail E.
Found in 18 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents In this third of sixteen interviews, Ms. Haley discusses the period in her life in which she authored Noah's Ark (1971), Jack Jouett's Ride (1973), and The Abominable Swamp Man (1975). She describes the origins and themes of each work, the techniques used to create the artwork, and revisions she would undertake in retrospect. Ms. Haley also talks about beginning three more books during this period: Go Away, Stay Away (1977), The Post Office Cat (1976), and Costumes for Plays and Playing (1977)....
Dates: 2006 April 13
Scope and Contents In this fourth of sixteen interviews, Ms. Haley discusses The Post Office Cat (1976), which was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration. Ms. Haley describes how a news story concerning parliamentary debates over wage increases for post office cats inspired her to research the history of cats at the Royal Mail and ultimately to write the book. She also recalls several stories about her own cat, Clarence, who served as the model and inspiration for her illustrations. In addition, Ms....
Dates: 2006 May 30
Scope and Contents In this fifth of sixteen interviews, Ms. Haley describes her work on Go Away, Stay Away (1977). She recounts viewing a short film featuring the traditions of the Lötschental Valley in Switzerland, which inspired her to research the custom of using masks to frighten away spirits and winter. Ms. Haley's research, conducted at the Folklore Society and Horniman Museum, as well as her interest in the works of Joseph Campbell and James George Frazer, culminated in the creation of Go Away, Stay Away....
Dates: 2006 October 12
Scope and Contents In this sixth of sixteen interviews, Ms. Haley relates working on The Green Man (1979). Ms. Haley describes her initial discovery of the Green Man as a figure on pub signs. She recalls the way the images resonated with her, which in turn motivated her to research the character at locations such as the Cecil Sharp House. Eventually she decided to create a book inspired by her research. Throughout the interview Ms. Haley discusses the many variations of the Green Man and his connection with...
Dates: 2007 February 16
Scope and Contents In this seventh of sixteen interviews, Ms. Haley discusses her work on Birdsong (1984). The inspiration for Birdsong came from a chapbook on bird catching which came to Ms. Haley's attention while researching The Green Man (1979). Though her initial attempts to incorporate this information did not reach fruition, she later had a dream which she adapted, along with her research, into the book. While describing the origins of the story, Ms. Haley reviews the techniques used to create the...
Dates: 2007 April 05
Scope and Contents In this eighth of sixteen interviews, Ms. Haley describes two of her publications connected with the mythic character of Jack, Jack and the Bean Tree (1986) and Jack and the Fire Dragon (1988). Ms. Haley recounts how she first became involved with Jack while reading the work of Joseph Campbell, as well as her interpretations of the character using the theories of Campbell and Carl Jung. In particular, she discusses Jack as an archetypal figure and "everyman" whose character spans cultures. Ms....
Dates: 2007 April 20
Overview In this series of sixteen interviews, Gail E. Haley, a prolific author born in Charlotte, North Carolina and the first of only two authors to win the American Caldecott Medal and the British Kate Greenaway Medal for picture book illustration, discusses her life and career as a children’s author and illustrator. Throughout the interviews, Ms. Haley describes her artistic process, detailing her inspirations and research as well as techniques she employed and pioneered in order to illustrate her...
Dates: 2005 - 2009
Overview Papers and selected art work of Haley. The collection includes drafts of her books, printing blocks and color separations for some of her illustrations. Gail Haley was the first person to win both the Caldecott (American) and the Greenway (British) awards for children's book illustration.
Dates: 1842 - 2005