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Fantastic Free Family Online Event – Sat 3rd Oct 10:00am UK Time

Join amazing childrens’ author, Viv French, and wonderful storyteller, Renita Boyle and myself on Saturday when we will be creating a story LIVE! with your help.

So, WE NEED YOUR HELP!

It’s not just the audiences who are missing the Wigtown Book Festival this year – the authors are missing the audiences too!

In this fun-filled family hour, three of Wigtown’s most devoted and adored children’s authors take on the 60-minute book challenge. That’s right! Taking up their roles as author (Vivian French), illustrator (Shoo Rayner) and storyteller (Renita Boyle) they battle towards creating, illustrating and telling a story based on Wigtown in just one hour. But they need your help – tune in to help shape the story and make your mark on Big Wig history.

How on Earth are we going to do it when we are in completely different parts of the country? Tune in to find out!

Sponsored by The Old Bank Bookshop

See inside my Wigtown Book Festival Sketchbook

https://youtu.be/CpqSaiYDPmg

In September of 2016, I went to the Wigtown Book Festival in Scotland and painted this sketchbook while watching author sessions and other entertainments. Just drawing the people and what they were talking about.

I was going to make a printed book like I did last year, but I was so busy making a mural for the school that I ran out of time ad so I cancelled the kickstarter project to make it.

You can find out more at the Cancelled Kickstarter page :

 

This tells you all about the previous year’s successful sketchbook project

https://youtu.be/N5G5Hbf2Ryg

 

 

Making a Mural at Wigtown School

During my time at the Wigtown Book Festival last week, I spent time at the school, drawing some children, who posed for me. I then showed the rest of the children how to draw those drawings.

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Then I used those drawings to design a mural to replace one in the playground that has become a bit worn with age. I managed to finish in time but the big, 8′ x 4′ boards were not put up in time before I had to leave for home.

The video shows the process and and how I resurrected my ancient sign writing skills. I actually surprised myself with my ability to still handle a long haired sign writing brush!