Jeremy Furness

Jeremy Furness – Author and Illustrator

Jeremy Furness was educated at Kelly College in Devonshire, England and served at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, London for two years. By 1978 Jeremy had enrolled at Monash University obtaining a degree in Graphic Communications and majors in Marketing and Sociology.

After graduation Jeremy worked as a graphic designer for seven years, then as a consultant for the design and print industry. By 2000 he had become general manager in an advertising agency. In 2003 Jeremy formed Raw Creative specializing in design and publishing.

Jeremy’s passion for motorcycles stem from his school days in the Devonshire countryside. His first motorcycle was a ex-Royal Mail BSA Bantam, a marque that was to remain close to his heart for many years to come. In Australia he was to become an active member and eventually President of the BSA Owners’ Association, foundation member of the Norton Owners’ Club and raced for both for Hartwell MCC and the Historic Racing Association of Victoria.

In the 1980s Jeremy pursued racing BSAs in both solo and in the sidecar classes. In 1986 he took third in the prestigious Southern Classic in ‘Sidecars’ and the ‘Senior 500’, and again in the ‘Sidecars’ in 1988.

The passion for motorcycles and family has bought Jeremy to write for children on a subject that has been so much part of his life. It is not surprising that Jeremy’s first motorcycle is brought to life in the character Barry. Set in a time where life was a little less rushed and perhaps a little friendlier, the tales of Barry and his friends are captured for the young readers to enjoy.

Mary Ann Furness

Mary Ann Furness-Principal Illustrator

Mary Ann Furness comes from a strong artistic family. Her father was a leading cartoonist for the Veteran Car Club of Victoria while her grandfather, W.B. McInnes was awarded the Archibald Prize seven times.

Educated at Laburnum P.S. and Tintern C.E.G.G.S, Mary Ann went on to obtain a Diploma of Teaching at Melbourne University (formally Melbourne State College) and a Diploma of Art and Graphic Design at Monash University (formally C.I.T.).

In the early 1980s, Mary Ann worked for Longman Cheshire focusing on Educational books for primary level. After four years with Longman Cheshire, with two years as a production controller, Mary Ann became a freelance designer and illustrator for some of the largest publishing houses of the world. Her skills have been used by Longman Cheshire, Thomas Nelson, McGraw Hill, Oxford University Press, Melbourne University Press, Cambridge University Press and many others.

From 1999 to 2003 Mary Ann joined Mimosa Publishing and worked as a full time Illustrator producing educational books and learning materials for the domestic and the U.S.A. markets.

Mary Ann’s extensive experience illustrating childrens’ books, along with a family of four boys and Jeremy’s passion for motorcycles, have been some of the vital ingredients which helped bring ‘Barry the Bike’ books to life. The ‘Barry the Bike’ illustrations reflect Mary Ann’s love of art and illustration and are sure to provide enjoyment to many young readers.

‘As a child, mum used to save the large sheets of butcher paper for my brothers and I to draw on. I have always loved drawing and filled many of my lecture notes with daydreaming scribbles – all you need is a pen and paper!’

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