The Message Was Heard

In an earlier post I mentioned that "Can it be true?" by Susan Hill has been featured in a Christmas Carol Competition. Out of a huge number of entries six carols have been chosen and performed by the BBC singers. Listeners are being asked to pick their favourite which will be performed on Christmas day.

As from today you can listen to the six finalists in the BBC Radio 3 Christmas carol competition and register your vote by following this link. I am not sure if you need to live in the UK to hear these BBC podcasts?

My illustration above is one of the pages from the book "Can it be true?" It features some of the animals mentioned in the prose poem. Having spent so long visualising the images in the text it is something of a marvel to me to hear the words set to music. I am in awe of anyone who can create music and also those gifted with beautiful voices. Singing was never my strong point, even my little grandson implores me to stop!

This year we will be having a very busy family Christmas and I am already feeling great waves of panic at the thought of the food shopping and preparation ahead. In order to lessen the stress I have reduced the stock in my on-line shops, you can still buy books but they may not arrive in time for Christmas if you live overseas.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a Very Happy And Blessed Christmas. Thank you so much for your support, words of encouragement and friendship over the past months. I really do appreciate it. xxx

UPDATE- Congratulations to Jacqueline Burley whose Christmas Carol setting won the "Can it be True?" Christmas carol competition organised by BBC Radio 3. Jacqueline's version is a worthy winner and has done a brilliant job in her musical interpretation of Susan Hill's words.


  1. I hope you have a most wonderful Christmas!
    I read Down the Lane to Gretchen yesterday - and she loved looking for all the animals in the pictures.The other two books will wait for Christmas.
    Such a delight - always!

  2. That illustration is exquisite Valerie as is all your work - I am a great admirer. Have a wonderful Christmas - the shopping will get done. I am in the same dilemma and trying not to panic.

  3. Exquisite illustration, Valerie, the way we have come to expect from you, but each time you surprise us again.

    Love how you phrased that, "feeling great waves of panic at the thought of the food shopping and preparation ahead" - I empathise.

    Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas, with some time to catch your breath and ease into the New Year on light feet. Hugs, Merisi

  4. Your work is always a delight to the eyes!

    Hope you enjoy Christmas, it will be over before you know it. Take time to savour the season for yourself.

    Have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year, wishing peace and prosperity to you and yours.

  5. Val, I am sorry to report that my being over here in the States prevents me from casting a vote.

    However, I am delighted to report that yesterday I mailed copies of your beautiful books to some of my favorite folks as Christmas treats. I know that they will be thrilled.


  6. Valerie, I/followed the link but we are unable to vote here. I would have liked to listen. Just came over to send you a Greeting, hoping that Christmas will be kind to you and yours. Have a wonderful time with your family and we will meet again in the New Year!

  7. Merry Christmas Valerie, beautiful illustration have a wonderful time over the festive season and very best wishes for the New Year :)

  8. I have just discovered your blog, beautiful! Will def be a regular visitor xxx

  9. Wishing you a very happy Christmas with all your family.
    Many hands make light work. You don't have to do everything. Big family gatherings are the best , enjoy every moment together.

  10. I saw the winning composer on television this morning - the music sounds lovely - will listen again later. Happy Christmas to you and yours Valerie and best wishes for the New year:)

  11. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog Valerie, wishing you a very Merry Christmas :) Beautiful illustration in this post, I love it :) x

  12. I do hope you have had the most wonderful Christmas Valerie and that 2015 brings only good things to you and yours xxx