April 15, 2017 Jennifer Farley

Bliain na nAmhrán (Year of Song) Book


Book Cover illustrated by Tarsila Kruse.

Bliain na nAmhrán (Year of Song). Songs and Rhymes of four seasons. Written by Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin and illustrated by Tarsila Kruse, Christina O Donovan, Brian Fitzgerald and myself (Jennifer Farley). Published by Futa Fata.

Each illustrator was responsible for creating pictures for songs and rhymes for a different season. I made the pictures for winter. Some of which you can see below. This was a wonderful project to work on and the resulting collaborative book is beautiful.

The book has been shortlisted for the Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards.


The title spread of the winter section of the book.


Mummy deer looks on as baby dreams about Santa on his sleigh.


A walk on a wild and windy day.


The animals sleep and dream in winter.

The book is available to buy in good bookshops and also from the Futa Fata website here.


Jennifer Farley

Jennifer Farley is an Irish illustrator, designer, and author. She creates colourful, retro-inspired characters for books, maps, print, web, advertising and promotional events. Jennifer is also a design instructor and has been teaching Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom and InDesign for nearly 15 years.