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.
Today is the first day of the Wigtown Book Festival and I was sent to Dumfries Prison where I spent the afternoon drawing with eight big guys in a small art room! I’ve never been in a prison before and I have to admit that all the security and that locks and heavy doors and bars and razor wire is a bit intimidating. But we had good fun drawing cartoon people and cats and dragons and discussing stuff along the way. I wasn’t allowed a phone or camera, so I have nothing to show for most of today – It was exhausting. There was the drive there and back to add into the mix too.
The festival has started with bagpipes and fireworks and meeting lots of old friends and catching up. This evening I went to see Mairi Hedderwick, who wrote the Katie Morag stories. She showed us her sketchbooks, which was wonderful. She too see her sketchbooks as story storage devices.
Today I’ve been travelling up to Wigtown in Scotland. I’ve been working like crazy to clear my desk and I can let you know that Dragon White, the second part of my Dragon Trilogy has gone to the printers – hooray!
Tomorrow sees the start of the Wigtown Book Festival and I am the Official Sketchbook Artist! I’ll be here for ten days, drawing like mad and posting stuff every day.
I’m also making a limited edition book – an exclusive sketchbook and loads more too on my kickstarter page at http://www.wigtownsktechbook.com. If you would like to support me I would be thrilled.
I’m sharing the house with Simon and Laura. Simon’s book Chop Chop was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award.
It’s outrageously funny and completely original, Chop Chop by Simon Wroe is the story of a hapless young chef in the crazed world of the professional kitchen, featuring lust, revenge, neurosis and haute cuisine. you can get it here http://bit.ly/ChopChopSimonWroe