Lovely young relatives came to visit me en route to London Zoo, carrying copies of my Draw It! London book, which amongst many other things has a drawing of my favourite sloth Marilyn who lives in the zoo.
Very exciting news! Marilyn has had a baby. When we visited the zoo later, Marilyn and her baby very sensibly were avoiding the public by hiding in a log, but the children could just glimpse her holding her baby and peeping out. A delightful visit!
Swedenborg House has just sent me this short film of my February event here. And some of the wonderful comic strips and drawings children made on the day are shown here.
Last week some of the Heathmere Primary School classes went on a visit to central London and the City. Yesterday they told me all about it using story maps, after I showed them different ways people have used map making.
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Tagged children's workshops, Draw It! London, Heathmere Primary School, London maps, map-making, map-making workshops for children, maps, picture maps, workshops, workshops for children, workshops in schools
Rather surprised to see Professor Severus Snape leading assembly when I arrived to run workshops at Palmers Green High School, but then my day was full of surprises … a Suffragette librarian, witches, rabbits and all manner of book characters popped up in this delightful school. It was still World Book Day here. Great to get some unusual celebrity endorsement of The Greatest Greek Myths from one of the Gorgons …
The school’s fame had spread far and wide, in fact to the Outer Galaxies, and visitors from far-flung planets decided to see the school for themselves. Would the aliens send their young offspring to study here, were they friendly aliens, or would they (as in one comic strip) devour all the teachers? Many excellent and inventive drawn/written narratives from enthusiastic students.
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Tagged comic strip workshops, Emanuel Swedenborg, events for children in London, inventions, inventor, leporello, London events for children, Swedenborg House, workshops, workshops for children
Last weekend to a free event celebrating Chinese New Year at the Royal Philatelic Society. Disappointingly there weren’t many stamps on display – they’re very light-sensitive – but I had a chance to try some Chinese calligraphy. Hopefully this says ‘happy’.
I learned that it takes about a month for the RPS committee to authenticate (or not) a stamp – there are a lot of forgers about – and saw a picture of the most valuable stamp ever. It’s the British Guiana magenta, and was sold for 10 million dollars.
Dusted off my cuttings book and realised I miss my travel writing days. Some years ago I took part in an Introduction to Racing day in Newmarket for the London Evening Standard. The day included my riding a mechanical horse at the National Horseracing Museum, wearing jockey silks. As you do. The Evening Standard insisted, and sent a photographer. I rather wished the horse hadn’t been turned up to full gallop mode at the time.
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Tagged Evening Standard, horse racing, jockeys, London Evening Standard, mechanical horse, National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket, Newmarket jockeys, Newmarket stables, the Marlborough Club, travel writing, travel writing for newspapers
Great to see this talented young artist using one of my Draw It! series of activity books, this one about monsters and other scary stuff. With thanks to author Alexandra English for today’s photo.