I’ve known Renita for a while now. Originally from America, Renita now lives in Wigtown, which the book town in Scotland, with the most stunning views across the estuary. When I’ve performed at the festival, the children have all been whipped up to a frenzy by Renita, who welcomes them in and “settles them down” [...]
You are going to love this video!!!!
I met up with my old friend, Debi Gliori, this weekend at the Wigtown Book Festival. I managed to get her into a corner and filmed this wonderful interview with her. She shares confidences, ideas, hints and tips, she shows us her incredible sketchbook and then shows us how to draw that cute little rabbit from her latest book The Scariest Thing of All
Actually it’s rubbish acting I was pretending to be the sound man for the RHExperience’s film at NextUp Creator Camp. I was the sound man, in fact, but I don’t thin they used my recording! The green screen drawings are mine too. It’s a bit weird drawing scenery in a windy garden for a movie that they are making up as they go along! The RHExperience are an improvisational comedy team, go see their site for more weirdness! The Mad French Director is my friend Nicolas Nova, from Paris. You can see more of him here.
I was acting, last week, in a French video made by my new friend Nicolas, who has a youtube channel called danslepeaudemartin – which means in martin’s skin. He leaves each episode open at the end and his viewers decide what will happen next. It’s very French, very stylish and very interesting. you will also see my new friends, the RHExperience, who are an improvisational comedy team from London, who are very talented and are going to go a long way.
I love this video! Every time I pick up a pencil I wonder how they are made and this video show how they are made at the Staedtler factory. Marvel at the calm precision of the machinery!
We’ve been on a cruise! Never done that before and not sure what I think about it yet. I got so woozy from the rocking of the ship, I had to see the doctor to get some pills. It was the calmest sea voyage you can imagine, so I don’t know what I’d be like in a storm!
We left Southampton on the P&O Ventura, which is like Las Vegas on water! It’s huge and glitzy and very comfortable and the staff were all incredibly kind and helpful. Our room was terrific and we had our own balcony to watch all the comings and goings in port.
We visited le Havre and Saint Rochelle in France and Bibao and La Coruna in Spain. I’ll mention aboout Our shore trips later, when I’ve had time to draw breath. A week away and everything has piled up around me, so I’d better get to work!
It’s the question that authors get asked the most. I used to give jokey answers,because i didn’t have any idea what the answer was. But I’ve spent a long time thinking about it and this video is a stab at explaining where I think that ideas come from. If you think I’m crazy, I probably am – but it works for me and that’s the important thing!
We went to Ikea this week. just after the display of the ubiquitous Billy bookcases, we came across a display for single, studio apartment living. It looked so sad and lonely.
Ikea are so good at naming their products, I thought they might like to rename this singleton range as Billy Nomates!
here’s a new drawing tutorial that does exactly what it says on the packet!
I first met her, looking very confused, at what was probably the worst ever organised “Literary Festival” on the outskirts of Edinburgh. We were both doing our thing in the same school where they seemed a bit unprepared for us. I think there was another author there too at the the same time. A case of overkill.
My best time with Julia was sitting on her broom, as she showed a group of authors what she did at school events. If only someone had taken a picture of us all in our costumes!
I know the Gruffalo is most people’s favourite book and I love it dearly, but my secret favourite is Tiddler.
At last! My hard work has paid off and my first App – SweetLittleBabyBoo! – is now ready for sale at the iTunes store.
Along with this, I’ve started SweetLittleBaby.Com, as I’m planning a whole range of baby and toddler apps, which I will bring out under the SweetLittleBaby name.
Below is a video introducing my App, which babies ( and adults and children of all ages seem to be entranced by!)
It’s cheap! A mere 59 pence or 99 cents to bring a little bit of happiness into a baby’s life. (It often helps to clean, change, feed and burp as well!)
If you would like to play with an online version, then go to SweetLittleBaby.Com and sign up for my newsletter – I’ll then send you the address where you can see the app working online. Have fun!