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Cover to cover: Kathy Page’s Paradise & Elsewhere

Designer Kate Hargreaves searches for the right blend of reality and fantasy, animal and human for the cover of Kathy Page’s story collection Paradise & Elsewhere (Biblioasis)

Paradise & Elsewhere 11. When I started working on this cover, the word that kept coming up to describe Kathy Page’s collection was “lush.” The characters and narratives seem to exist in an almost mythic place, outside of an identifiable time and location. I knew I needed a strong image to reflect this book, and my mind went immediately to the work of Jennifer McIntyre, a young British artist currently working in Australia. Her elaborately detailed drawings and prints, which often feature animals transfigured in some way, seemed to speak to the tone of the collection and the strangeness that permeates it.