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Members Spotlight: Matt Shanks

From cracking the spine of a new release to settling in with a well-worn classic, there are few things that compare to losing yourself in a book. Apart from being a sure-fire way to whittle away a rainy winter afternoon, reading has long been proven to help reduce stress and keep your mind active and focused. With International Book Lovers Day upon us, we wanted to shine a spotlight on Teamsquare member and children’s author/ illustrator Matt Shanks. Matt is part of the Cogent team and after toying with watercolours for 10 years, made the monumental leap to published author with his whimsical illustrations and heart-warming stories now finding their way onto the shelves of kids across the world. We chatted with Matt to find out about how he gets his inspiration and how his hobby became a career.  

   

Did you grow up loving books? 

This is my secret shame, because the answer is actually no, I didn’t read very much at all for a number of reasons. We were never a booky household. We had some books, but my parents’ love of sport meant that my brother and I spent every waking hour either in the surf, or on…

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