A Jobbing Illustrator’s Blog #11
October 7th 2011
|I have just come back from a trip up to the north of England on a mini book tour. I went with the Little Tiger press publicist Paul and with two other authors, Guy Bass who has written a young fiction book called 'Stitch Head' published by Stripes and also Tracey Corderoy who is the author of my book 'Oh Dylan' plus many other fantastic stories. Both have brilliant careers ahead of them and it was a real treat to spend a few days with them. Plus, later I got to meet Steve Smallman who wrote 'Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Bunny?' who took over my place in the tour when I went back home.
We had the pleasure of visiting Moorfield Primary School near Stockport, and then the next day we spent in Lancaster library with various schools that came to see us. All the children were delightful and especially one boy who really really wanted me to draw him a German Shepherd. It is amazing how an event can start off very ordered and can descend into a drawing frenzy. When kids found out I am drawing individual pictures for others, I soon had a swarm chattering about me wanting gerbils, rabbits and the odd ninja... I am not exactly well known for ninja's but the boys were suitably impressed so it was not long until I had done 6. The previous class had wanted velociraptor dinosaurs so I got quite adept at scribbling big pointy teeth with a running commentary of 'OOoo's' and 'arrgghhs'.
I am due to go up north again on the 19th and 20th October for some events near Hull and then onto Seven Stories in Newcastle. This time as a tour to specifically promote my latest book 'One Christmas Night' written by M Christina Butler. We are hoping to get some real hedgehogs to show to the kids, which should be fun but maybe a bit itchy.
Then again up north to the Chester Book festival on the 29th of October. But it does not stop there, oh no. My sister's kids are rather young but live in Hong Kong, so a month ago I did my first 'Skype' event with their classes (with my sister lurking about in the background). This has now become a full blown visit as I happen to be visiting my sister in HK in November anyway. So I will hopefully have the pleasure of entertaining my nephews and nieces at their school too.