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The Bookseller – News – HarperCollins promotes Macdonald to Artistic Director

HarperCollins has promoted Holly Macdonald to Creative Director of HarperFiction, HarperNonFiction and Avon effective immediately.

She was previously Associate Art Director and will continue to report to Claire Ward, Creative Director.

HarperCollins said the promotion is in recognition of “Macdonald’s continued contribution and success in creating cutting-edge covers for all market areas, while supporting Claire Ward in the management and art direction of the design”.

Since joining HarperCollins in 2017, Macdonald has designed commercially successful covers for established fiction writers such as Bernard Cornwell (Lord of War), Britton Fern (Cornish girls), Tracy Chevalier (one wire) and Phillipa Ashley of Avon (A special Cornish Christmas), alongside new hardback books launched for the Agatha Christie estate and non-fiction such as Extraordinary insects by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson. Macdonald “brought equal talent” to cover design for early writers, including Gail Honeyman Eleanor Oliphant is perfectly fine.

Ward said: “Holly is an amazing assistant. She is exceptionally driven, creative and a natural at managing the team. Without her support, I wouldn’t be able to manage so many divisions and continue to design covers. She deserves totally this promotion to Art Director as she already shares much of the responsibility for running the department, and she will be instrumental in building the team for the future.”

Macdonald said: “I am delighted that HarperCollins champions and supports the talents of its in-house designers. I am fortunate to be part of such a creative team that pushes me to be a better designer and I look forward to continuing our work together.”