This week I’ve been up to Glasgow for the Aye Write Book festival. On Monday I managed to remember to photograph my co-conspirators: Andy Stanton, Damien Harvey, David Bedford, John Fardell and Anne Havant.
As ever it was a meticulously well organised event. I was in the main hall with about 200 children at each of four events. I had a microphone on my lapel. This made my voice boom around the enormous room. I had to slow down my delivery to give the echoes time to catch up. It was like the room could only cope with one speed of performance! We did lots of fabulous drawing and had a really great time. In the afternoon I managed to get to the Burrell Collection – something I’ve wanted to do for some time. It was wonderful. I made a lot of sketches and got lots of ideas.
After my session on Tuesday, I flew down to Birmingham where I picked up my car and drove on to Monks Risborough for my day with the Primary School on Wednesday (It can be a busy life being a children’s author!)
I had a great day but forgot to take pictures. I was amazed at how the Red Kites have taken over the area. Everywhere I looked pairs of Kites were dancing around in the sky. There are almost too many of them! It’s an un-naturally large population, but the locals seem very fond of them all the same. They must be feeding them!
Each year are trying to do illustrations in the style of different Illustrators. Year Six are trying to be me. I tried to explain how I do my computer drawings, but it was a bit difficult without my laptop. It will be interesting to see how they get on – Good luck Year Six!