Cover Artists

Our covers are very important to us. We like to use original art by artists and designers whose work we admire. Find out more about the people who provide the art for our covers on this page. See some of the covers in full, including the back, which is usually just as special, here

Karen Keogh, Cover Artist, London Lies and Foraging



Gail Brodholt, Cover Artist, Stations

Stations Cover. Image copyright Gail Brodholt

Annie Rickard Straus, Cover Artist, Lovers’ Lies

loversliesFINALcover front only

My name is Annie I like to draw,
Birds and rhinos and hats and more,
and sometimes even in my sleep,
I pretend to draw with my feet.




Melina Traub, Cover Artist, Mosaic of Air

CPotts_MosaicofAir front

Born in New Zealand and growing up in the melting pot of Los Angeles (father a German architect, mother a New Zealand scientist), exposure to other cultures, particularly in art, has distilled a disposition for the eclectic.
My artistic career started in the early 1980’s creating relief paintings and wooden sculpture, holding exhibitions in Los Angeles and in London.
Later, with a studio in Covent Garden amidst a buzz of the emerging London fashion scene, I began experimenting with different forms of plastic. This led onto creating jewellery and for a number of years I worked in accessory design producing one-off pieces and limited ranges in collaboration with clothing designers and shops such as Paul Smith, and Liberty’s.

More recently my work has been guided by the emergence of the digital realm, with drawing, painting and collage still forming the basis of my creative process.
I endeavour to produce works that have a strong graphic appeal, and are alluring, beautiful, and sometimes surreal.

Ed Boxall, Cover Artist, Devilskein & Dearlove and Illustrator, The Old Woman From Friuli


Devilskeinfront final for bus card












Zoë Ann Lee, Cover Artist, The Other Side of Sleep

Final Cover Design for The Other Side of Sleep. Copyright Zoe Lee

Zoë Ann Lee is a London-based Illustrator. She graduated from the University of the West of England in July 2014 with a First Class (Honours) Degree in Illustration. She uses a combination of paper-cut techniques, photography, drawing and computer design to create her imagery.



The Dowry Blade FRONT Cover final




Lucy Reynolds (background) / Cherry Potts (Foreground)

The Dowry Blade





Kam Rehal is Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design at the University of Greenwich, London. Passionate about all things concerning design, visual communication and storytelling, Kam has two flash pieces in Story Cities and designed the cover and internal layout. Kam is also one of the three editors of Story Cities.





Fiona Humphrey, Cover Artist, Mamiaith, 100neHundred


Gordy WrightCover Artist, YA series: The Naming of Brook Storyteller and A Gift of Rivers is an illustrator/printmaker based in Hamilton House in Bristol. He graduated from the University of the West of England with a First Class (Honours) Degree and has since become an illustration tutor at the Bristol Folk House. His work is created through a wide variety of traditional mark making techniques which are then digitally composed together to create the final outcome.


this-poem-here-draft-front-coverPaul Summers








Cherry Potts is an occasional photographer and designer, when the mood takes her. She designs most of Arachne Press’ publicity materials and website and logos, and dabbles in book covers when the need arises.

Cherry Potts/Emma Lee

The Significance of a Dress


Zed and the Cormorants Klara Smith (Cover) and Sally Atkins (Interior)

Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier

No Spider Harmed in the Making of this Book

Spider-Cover A1

copyright Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier

Kevin Threlfall, Cover Artist, Weird Lies, With Paper for Feet, In Retail, Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed, Departures, Tymes Goe By Turnes, Accidental Flowers, Strange Waters

Kevin Threlfall is a professional designer and illustrator who somehow also finds time to run an independent art gallery in his beautiful home town of Marsden, West Yorkshire. Kevin regularly exhibits and has been Artist In Residence at Lawrence Batley Theatre, where he explored the connections between music, performance and the visual arts.

The original for With Paper For Feet is an oil painting called The Pennine Way, done primarily with a pallet knife, based on the Yorkshire landscape where Kevin lives (this can be viewed on his website ). We tweaked the colours a bit for the cover design.

I draw or paint things I really want to see myself, and my work can be seen as an expression of my compulsion to create. Nothing excites and scares me more than a pencil and a blank page. Motivation comes from exploring the possibilities of enhancing everyday life by making magic from the mundane. Materials, styles and techniques are constantly changing and evolving, but my artwork always contains a dreamlike quality at its heart.

Camille Smithwick, cover artist Incorcisms


Komal Madar

Cover artist Where We Find Ourselves, Words from the Brink

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