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Day one of the Great Malarkey Festival in Hull

Today I’ve been at the children’s book festival – the great malarkey – in Hull which is on the East Coast of England. I’m the illustrator in Residence all week and will be filling my sketchbook up – have a look to see what I did today.

Where’s Wally? – He was at the Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival!

Where's-wally-I’ve been to Cardiff twice this week, for the Children’s Literature Festival, which is great fun and superbly organised.

Yesterday,a few people were waylaid on their way to my Dragon Gold storytelling and drawing session by Wally and his friends. You didn’t have to look too hard to find him as he was stopping every passerby for a chat!

On Tuesday, I spoke at a session for grown ups who would like to write for children. With me was Philippa Milnes-Smith, now a top children’s book agent, but once, long ago, she was my editor at Blackie and Puffin Books. It was great to see her again and catch up. We were introduced by author and broadcaster, Phil Carradice.

Thanks to everyone involved!



Longsight Big Book Bash on 21st June

Longsight Stanley Grove Big Book BashI visited Stanley Grove Academy last year and had the pleasure of opening their new library as well as spending a couple of days telling stories, talking about writing and showing how to draw things.

They have asked me back! This time to open their Big Book Bash – a whole afternoon of book related fun and wonder! I gather there will be a Ricky Rocket rocket in the opening parade through Longsight, which is east of Manchester, that starts at 2.00pm – I can’t wait to see that

Each year has chosen a different book to work on so there will be displays and activities based on those.

In the evening I’ll be reading a bed time story before the whole event finishes at 8.00pm. No doubt I’ll have some film and pictures of the day to show you afterwards.

If you live in the area and love books – I’ll look forward to seeing you there!