Briony May Smith

Briony May Smith will be illustrating The Priest

WIP – A quick glimpse at the artwork


Scotney is in the hands of a strong Catholic family who are forced to give consent for their daughter to marry the Protestant poet, Barnabe Googe.

Their reluctance cast a cloud of suspicion around the family and when a Catholic Priest arrives unexpectedly at their door seeking refuge, things can only get worse.

The story is set in the Elizabethan Era

Will darkness overcome the light?

This period is known as the English Reformation. The monarchy was in radical transition, and the religion of the country with it; from Church of England under Henry VIII, the country became briefly Protestant under Edward VI, Catholic under Mary I, and then Protestant again under Elizabeth I.

These four changes to the accepted religion of the country happened within the space of just 11 years. It was a time of immense fear, full of plots, intrigues and conspiracies involving the highest levels of society.


About Briony

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Briony May Smith is a freelance illustrator currently living in Berkshire, specialising in children’s books and graphic novels. She graduated with a 1st Class BA (Hons) from Falmouth University in 2014 and was  Highly Commended for Macmillan Children’s Prize 2013 and 2014.

Briony was shortlisted for the Emerging Talent Category of the British Comic Awards 2014



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Previous works and illustrations

Imelda and The Goblin King

The Mermaid

Mumsnet Book of Animal Stories

Illustrations for Aquila Magazine

Interview with Briony May Smith