Robert Hume

Robert Hume (author)

Author Robert Hume
Robert Hume lives in Broadstairs, Kent, and has taught in three Kent secondary schools. from 1988-2010 he was Head of History at Clarendon House Grammar School in Ramsgate. Robert is currently a home tutor for the East Kent Health Needs Education Service, and a feature writer for the Irish Examiner. His publications include a biography of Christopher Columbus; a GCSE History textbook; a historical novel (Ruling Ambition); an investigation into a Victorian railway disaster (Death by Chance); and three children’s books on Perkin Warbeck, Dr Joseph Bell and Olaudah Equiano. He has given lectures on the QE2, and appeared in an episode of BBC TV Crimesolver that investigated the Abergele train crash.

Illustrator Cheryl Ives
Cheryl was born in Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex. She trained to become an art teacher at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, Wiltshire, in the mid sixties, where she didn’t learn much about teaching but did learn a lot about art, and even more about people! Among her tutors at Corsham were a young Howard Hodgkin, Robin Deny, Harry Cliff and the brilliant print-maker, Stephen Russ.

Cheryl taught for many years, her last twenty at Clarendon House School, Ramsgate, where she was privileged to teach some delightful pupils, many of whom went on to careers in art, design, photography, theatre design, film and art history.

She has been married to Chris since 1967 and they live just outside the beautiful city of Canterbury, Kent. They have two daughters, Natasha and Ivy.

In 2001 Cheryl decided to retire from teaching so that she could concentrate on portrait painting. She prefers to work in oils on canvas but also enjoys acrylic painting and pastels. In October 2003 Cheryl held a joint exhibition in Canterbury with eldest daughter, Ivy, which they called “Relative Values”.

Cheryl is very fond of France where she has tutored children’s workshops, and she now has several portrait works hanging in France.

In 2005 Cheryl was delighted to collaborate with an ex-colleague, author Robert Hume, on the children’s book: Dr Joseph Bell: the Original Sherlock Holmes. This was her first venture into book illustration, since when she has worked with Robert on two further books: Equiano, the Slave with the Loud Voice (2007) and Mary Shelley and the Birth of Frankenstein (2008).

Cheryl again strayed from portraiture in 2006 when she painted two large semi-abstract landscapes as a commission for the Arundel Unit at the William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, Kent. She has also designed logos and promotional material for various organisations and recently completed a commission for a new leaflet for the Kent Gardens Trust.

Cheryl and Chris have been members for nearly 20 years of Rethink, a national organisation supporting all those affected by severe mental illness and they now jointly and voluntarily co-ordinate the local Rethink Carers’ Support Group. Cheryl is well aware of how therapeutic the creative arts are for those suffering from mental ill-health and she is currently helping to promote a creative arts festival in Canterbury called Mind the Gap celebrating the creativity, individuality and diversity of those taking part, and helping to beat the stigma of mental illness.

Cheryl Ives (illustrator)