About

A writer, illustrator and designer specialising in works associated with the natural world, as well as fictional adventures

 

Photo of Heidi Ball, her favourite mug, a little bit of nature and lots of illustrative tools.

 

From the mysterious land of Cornwall on the south-west edge of England, my name is Heidi and I live there with a husband and a gathering of feline friends. I love to write, create designs and generally turn the house untidy. I like to make lots of lists and although I am a grown-up I do still have a My Little Pony. I probably watch way too many movies which may well be an addiction. I also worry about the deteriorating state of the planet, but then maybe the zombie apocalypse will sort out the over-population, so things will be all right in the end.

I have a fictional life wish-list (bet you have one too!): many years ago I wanted to be a St Trinian’s, but now I think I’d rather be an astronaut, as long as I can get my very own custom built spaceship filled with luxuries and an entertainment system. I also dream that my house will one day slip into the hillside and become a proper Hobbit-hole – that would be really cool. If I had any super-powers, they would have to include telepathy and being able to fly, with giant bird-like wings, although hovering looks pretty good too, hover-boards really are the future. And if I could be like anyone from one of my favourite films, it would have to be Ellen Ripley, apart from having to deal with all of those pesky aliens, she’s definitely the best – she also loved her cat too.

 

Photograph of Heidi's favourite cat.

 

Awards

 

2016 IWR Writing Competition (winner), Iceland Writers Retreat

2015 SWIMBY Musical Promotion Design Competition (winner), ReGenSW

2014 Graphic Literature Prize (winner), Atlantic Press

2012 Word Art Competition (highly commended), Arvon Foundation

2011 Design Competition (finalist), Stack Magazines

 

Publications

 

2017 Writing: Of Morgawr and Mawnan by Heidi Ball, Tribe Media, online

2017 Writing: A Calculated Wish by Heidi Ball, The Drabble, online

2016 Writing: White Light by Heidi Ball, Iceland Writers Retreat, online

2015 Illustration: The Dreamcatcher's Apprentice by Fiona Egglestone, online

2015 Illustration: Plen-an-Gwari by Golden Tree Productions, ISBN: 978-0-9933322-0-3

2014 Illustration: The Element in the Room by Matt Harvey, Regen South West ISBN: 978-0-9927482-1-0

2014 Writing and illustration: The Devil's Noose by Heidi Ball, Atlantic Press ISBN: 978-0-9571549-4-0

2013 Writing and illustration: The Singularity by Heidi Ball, self-published

2012 Illustration: Ways to hide a Ragfief by MAAP, self-published

2011 Illustration: The Progeny of Pegasus by Heidi Ball, self-published

2011 Illustration: Tipsy Children by Heidi Ball, self-published

2010 Writing and illustration: Memories of Mabel by Heidi Ball, self-published

 

Qualifications and Study

 

2017 Writing Romance, Professional Writing Academy

2017 Hypatia: Her Story writers research group, Hypatia Trust

2016 Writing Short Fiction course, Professional Writing Academy

2016 Short Story Writing /Advanced Creative Writing courses, Free Writers Centre

2016 Marketing Writing, Professional Writing Academy

2013 MA Illustration: Authorial Practice (Distinction), Falmouth University

2010 Foundation Diploma (Distinction), Falmouth University

2008 City & Guilds in Life Drawing, Truro College

2008 AS-Level in Photography / Fine Art, Truro College

2007 A-Level in Illustration, Truro College

1999 BSc(Hons) Industrial Management (2:1), Nottingham Trent University