Sally Kindberg takes part in ShoutSouth 2017 festival

Earlier this week I joined other authors and illustrators to run workshops at this year’s ShoutSouth festival, held at London South Bank University and organised by CWISL.  Young people from eight south London schools took part in this fantastic story making event. What a buzz of energy despite extreme heatwave conditions – marvellous!

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Sally Kindberg’s travels …

From my archive, an Emergency Travel Kit of small books for children I illustrated and designed, published by Puffin.  Much later, I was a freelance travel writer for a while for broadsheet newspapers and travel magazines. My column for the Independent on Saturday led to my sailing on a Tall Ship from Cornwall to Lisbon and writing a feature about it, amongst other projects.


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Coming soon – Sally Kindberg’s workshops at Swedenborg House

Later this year I’ll be running exciting workshops for children/families at  mysterious Swedenborg House in London.  More images from my interactive material here.

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Big Issue encounter – a positive story*

After the horrific news about Manchester this morning, I couldn’t settle to work and went out.  A Big Issue seller was standing on the corner of Seven Dials in Covent Garden with the latest edition, headlined Tiger Woman, the incredible life of Judith Kerr.   I bought a copy, and the man and I got chatting.  He did most of the talking.

C has been sleeping rough since losing his job and home in the Wirral.  “There are seven of us who’ve lost our homes, we sleep together in such-and-such Street and we look out for each other,” he told me, “it’s surprising what you get used to if you have to.  There are business people around –  we call them the Blue Suits – who insult us for being homeless, but I say to them ‘you’re only two pay cheques away from being like us!'”  C is a heritage stonemason, originally from County Clare. “When I got to London from the Wirral I managed to get a job as a brickie on building sites, but I was too slow, I’m a trained craftsman you see, I’m used to working on listed buildings,” he explained.

C talked about his tough childhood in Ireland, architecture in London, and about County Clare.  I mentioned Grace O’Malley. I’d visited Clare years ago to write about this 16th century pirate queen who controlled that part of the west coast. “Irish women,” said C, “they’re strong!”  All the time he was talking, I noticed how positive he seemed despite his difficulties.  “I’ve got a job!” he suddenly burst out, “I’m starting in July, doing restoration work on the Houses of Parliament!” he beamed.  “And … my wife’s speaking to me again!”

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*Big Issue later picked up on this and asked if they could use it.  It appeared as their Comment of the Week on June 1st 2017.

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My Draw It! Pirates workshop at Barnes Children’s Literature Festival


What a delight to take part in Barnes Children’s Book Festival yesterday, not only to see fantastic drawings by children at my Draw It! Pirates workshop but to revisit Barnes, where I once lived with my small family in a granny-flat overlooking Barnes Common many years ago.

            Thanks to Chrysoulla Photography for this booksigning photo

There were added bonuses of a chance encounter with the Cat in the Hat, and chatting with other authors/illustrators in the Green Room before our workshops. Here’s Rebecca Ashdown, and Sophie Thompson wearing a pirate workshop hat.

My assigned volunteer helper J was brilliant,  and my crew’s pirate portraits, sea monsters and treasure maps were pretty impressive –  Arrr!

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Sally Kindberg’s weekend visit to Copenhagen and Ven island in Sweden

Walked round Copenhagen, climbed towers, and followed in the footsteps (except he rode his horse) of Peter the Great up the twisting cobbled ramp of the Round Tower, referred to by Hans Christian Andersen in his fairy tales.  Then tea at the waterside Black Diamond Library cafe.

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Notebooks, work in progress … and pebbles

Notes/drawings from the Dorset coast, the Thames foreshore and work in progress

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Discover the Mysterious Treasures of Swedenborg House

Swedenborg House in Bloomsbury, London is full of mysterious items relating to the life of eighteenth century Swedish polymath and visionary Emanuel Swedenborg.  It’s an extraordinary place!  My leporello of images and text will encourage children/families to visit and explore the house, and find out more …There’ll be exciting treasure hunts and workshops for participants to discover and draw some of the intriguing objects in the house.  Here are notes I made on my initial visits, a mock-up of the leporello, with images of the cosmos on its reverse side, and details from a couple of the final pages … Continue reading

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Sally Kindberg’s workshops at Wembley Primary School

Busy day last week at Wembley Primary School (of about 900 pupils) running five workshops with five different classes of enthusiastic Year 4 children, showing and talking about my Draw It! London book and The Comic Strip Greatest Greek Myths, both published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books.

 Two of the workshops were all about the tunnels running underneath London, and what you might discover in them.  Children worked together and drew their surprising ideas … a time tunnel?  Goldmines, a tunnel full of seawater, dinosaurs, a theme park and a bevy of ghosts all made their appearances.  Then everyone linked their tunnels to make  fantastic  underground networks …

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Mother’s Day

Lovely Mother’s Day yesterday with fab daughter in the sunshine.  Even got a cup of tea in bed!  Here she is last summer with friendly hound.

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