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Brita Granström (born 1969) is a Swedish artist who graduated from Konstfack Stockholm in 1994 and now lives and works between Great Britain and her homeland as a painter and illustrator.



In 2011 Granström's self-portrait Mother of Four was bought by The Ruth Borchard Collection. A major solo exhibition Life in Landscape opened in London at Kings Place Gallery and toured to The University Gallery in Newcastle in 2012 under the title A Breath of Fresh Air.[1] Recent exhibitions include The Night Swimmer (2014)[2] at The University Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne and Sea Salt & Sourdough[3] (2015) at The Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh. She is represented by Thompson's Galleries Aldeburgh.


Granström was shortlisted for the ALMA (Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award), in 2013 and 2014 for her children's books.[4] The ALMA is the largest children's literature award in the world.[5] She was elected as a Fellow of the English Association in May 2011.[6] As a children's book illustrator, Granström often collaborates with her associate and partner, Mick Manning. They have produced various children's titles, such as Charlie's War Illustrated (Frances Lincoln) - winner of the 2014 English Association Award.[7] Taff in the WAAF, their book about Manning's mother's war service for Bletchley Park, won the English Association Award in 2011.[8] In 1998 The Scotsman newspaper wrote: "Mick Manning and Brita Granström's approach to non-fiction for younger children has revolutionised our bookshelves".[9]

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