“It is with deepest sorrow that we announce that Shirley died peacefully in her sleep at home on Friday 25th February”
Those are the exact words of Ed, Tom and Clara, Shirley Hughes’s children.
The British children’s author and illustrator Shirley Hughes, best known for her popular “Alfie” series and classic picture book “Dogger,” has died at 94.
Who was Shirley Hughes ?
Winifred Shirley Hughes, CBE was an English author and illustrator. She wrote more than fifty books, which have sold more than 11.5 million copies, and has illustrated more than two hundred. As of 2007, she lived in London.
Hughes won the 1977 and 2003 Kate Greenaway Medals for British children’s book illustration. Wikipedia
Born: July 16, 1927, West Kirby, United Kingdom
Died: February 25, 2022
Spouse: John Vulliamy (m. ?–2007)
Parents: Thomas J Hughes
Notable awards: Kate Greenaway Medal; 1977, 2003
Children: Ed Vulliamy, Clara Vulliamy
How did Shirley Hughes die ? .
News of her death was confirmed by her children with no mentions of death cause. We have no information at the moment on the cause of Shirley Hughes’s death .
Condolences – Comments and Reactions.
Tributes and condolence messages are pouring in on social media to honor the life and legacy of Shirley Hughes.
Reacting to the news of Shirley Hughes’s death, the Kind Kids Book Club on Facebook wrote
The world feels a little less bright this morning following the news that incomparable children’s author and illustrator Shirley Hughes CBE has died.The impact Shirley’s remarkable canon of work has had on my life and my family for decades cannot be overstated. Her wonderful stories and extraordinary characters are intricately woven into the patchwork of our family – from my very early years and for generations afterWhen I was 4 and 5 and 6, Shirely’s mesmerising worlds – so deeply and beautifully observed – infiltrated my own. An overtired Annie Rose. A trail of shopping spilled from a string bag onto the kitchen floor. Maureen and her dreams of becoming a plumber.Bernard hurling crayons into the air. Christmas shop windows. Brand new welliesWhen I was 10 and 11 and 12, along came brand new nephews hungry for stories and I passed these beloved (if slightly dog-eared) books on. They loved them too. Not all of those little boys, now brilliant young men, are still with us – so the memories of reading Shirley together are some of the very dearest I hold.When I was 16, I visited an exhibition of Shirley’s illustrations at Tate Liverpool and cried my eyes out all the way round. The splendour of the work and the shimmer of my own memories was almost too much to take in.When I was 19, in my second year of university, I moved into a Victorian terrace with my friends. Because I came from rural Wales, the only time I’d ever seen this type of street was in the pages of Shirley’s books. Every morning when I looked out of my window, I thought of AlfieWhen I was 30, a week before I got married, I put an original framed illustration from An Evening At Alfie’s above the fireplace in my childhood home. One of our all-time favourites. We all cried buckets.When I was 31, my first son arrived and it was time for me to take those Shirley stories back and begin againPhilip Pullman got it right when he explained:“Shirley and the characters she’s drawn and written about are a great family of witnesses to the power of love and kindness.”Thank you for the storiesThank you for the memories#shirleyhughes #picturebooks
Illustrating Natures Details with Sarah Morrish wrote on Facebook.
There are many illustrators whose work I admire, and it is always sad when they die. Shirley Hughes has passed away. I first came across her work more than 30 years ago when I trained as a Nursery Nurse and then worked in early years education.Her books about the little boy called Alfie, that she both illustrated and wrote have brought so much happiness to young children and the people reading them.
I had to remember to not spend too much time looking intently at the illustrations as I read them! Thinking about it, it was probably to hundreds of children in that first career of mine, happy memories! Now I am looking forward to buying them for my God daughter .I will post some links to further info about her work in the comments below. There was a brilliant documentary about her a while back, I will try and find it.
Devastated to hear Shirley Hughes has passed away. The Alfie books were a staple of my childhood, I still have The Big Alfie Out of Doors Book, brings back good memories. There was even a cassette with it so you could listen too.
— Deanne (Dee’s Book Blog) 💙 (@GeordieDeeDee) March 2, 2022
All at @FaberChildrens are saddened to hear the news about the kind and talented Shirley Hughes, whom we had the honour of publishing many years ago. Shirley’s legacy will live on in her beautiful books and the many generations she has inspired. Our thoughts are with her family. pic.twitter.com/XUVfrwqLJC
— Faber Children’s (@FaberChildrens) March 2, 2022
A big thank you to Shirley Hughes from all the parents who needed reassurance-via-illustration that flats can be messy, flats can be small, flats can be crowded, you’re working your ass off, you make mistakes, and everything is OK. pic.twitter.com/Cj0vWTRSBV
— Amy Smith (@amysmith292) March 2, 2022
Such sad news to wake up to this morning; Shirley Hughes was such a big part of our childhoods and her books shaped so many of us. We’re remembering her through her fantastic books and the lovely letter she sent to our shop. She shall be missed by us all. pic.twitter.com/WBL9OZ7KrZ
— Madding Crowd (@Furtherfrom) March 2, 2022
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