creativity / inspiration / inspiring

Inspired by the books by Swapna Haddow

Last month we held the launch party for my new book Dave Pigeon at Pickled Pepper Books in London. Aside from all the cake and jammy biscuits and wonderful wonderful folk who turned up to support Dave Pigeon, one of my favourite bits about the day was our window.

When Pickled Pepper Books asked us to do a window for the shop, I was chuffed to bits. Any author will tell you when their book is out in the world, the bookshop window is the dream. Our Dave Pigeon window was inspired by one of Sheena Dempsey’s brilliantly illustrated spreads from the book itself.


IMG_1101Seeing our window up in its full glory, it got me trawling the internet for spaces inspired by books. We always hear about how an author’s surroundings inspire settings and characters but what about the other way around? Are there spaces inspired by the words from a book?

My hunt took me to this incredible wall inspired by Harry Potter. Each word is hand painted and the finished wall looks spectacular.

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I then came across a Bradford primary school library’s mural. What a delight. Who wouldn’t want to sit in this space and read their favourites books for hours on end?


And then there is the Kansas City Library. How is this for an awesome space inspired by books?


Now it’s over to you. What spaces have you come across that have been inspired by literature? Or have you created a space in your home or bedroom that has come straight from the pages of your favourite book? Do share your pictures with us here at Girls Heart Books.



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