Raymond Briggs was born on the 18th of January 1934 in Surrey, England. Briggs created children’s classics such as Fungus the Bogeyman, Father Christmas, and The Snowman, among others. His passion for drawing came from an early age, and Briggs studied at Slade School of Fine Art, eventually becoming an illustrator for children’s story books. During the 1960s Raymond work as a professional illustrator, and began work on his own stories in the 1970s. In 2017 Briggs was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Birthday Honours for services to literature.
Following his Lifetime Achievement Award presented to him by the Book Trust, author and illustrator Raymond Briggs spoke to BBC Newsnight. Newsnight’s culture correspondent Stephen Smith met Briggs at his cottage in Sussex for the interview below where he spoke as candidly as possible about his illustrations and the popularity that he gained.