Go and see Tom in Pitlochry

If you're up in Scotland at the weekend, why not pop and say hello to Tom Morgan Jones, intrepid illustrator of the Mission:Explore books, including our rather splendid Mission: Explore John Muir book, which has been downloaded literally (and actually) hundreds of thousands of times.

As part of a week-long series of events in the run-up to John Muir Day (April 21), award-winning illustrator Tom Morgan-Jones will display his artistic prowess by producing pen-and-ink sketches on demand, focusing on John Muir and outdoor-related themes.

Tom has illustrated more than 70 books, including John Muir: Mission Explore, which encourages young would-be explorers to undertake a range of adventure activities inspired by the writings of the Scots-born founding father of nature conservation.

This Saturday 15 April from 11am, Tom will be in the John Muir Trust’s Wild Space visitor centre, where he will invite children – and adults – to request quick-fire drawings of anything connected with nature, John Muir or the great outdoors.

As well as getting chance to meet a top illustrator, visitors can also pick up up a free copy of John Muir: Mission Explore, which was created as part of a partnership between the John Muir Trust and Mission:Explore, a group of teachers, artists, activists and adventurers.

Kevin Lelland of the John Muir Trust said: “We see this as a day of fun and philosophy in the spirit of John Muir himself, who combined rigorous scientific exploration with a child-like enchantment at the wonders of nature.

“Tom is a great illustrator and we’re delighted he’ll be applying his talent in a light-hearted way to get people talking and thinking about John Muir and his ideas.”

When: Saturday 15 April, from 11amWhere: John Muir Trust Wild Space visitor centre, Pitlochry