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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 … Continue reading

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Maps, and feeling restless

Just a hint of spring and I’m feeling restless already, as I sorted out some of the maps I drew for the Independent’s Weekend Walk series, quite a while ago but still enjoy them, especially Cat Bells/Derwent Water.  Two years ago … Continue reading

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Draw It – London maps

Some of the original map drawings for my book Draw It – London published by Bloomsbury Childrens Books last summer 2014.  Remembered how much I’d enjoyed researching this project.  Sadly one is no longer able to take tea and biscuits with the … Continue reading

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Unfinished business

Part of Unfinished business collection of short stories.  And I should be working on something else entirely …

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More maps

Jorge Luis Borges mentions maps in his short story ‘On Exactitude in Science’.  He describes a map whose scale was One mile = One mile, elaborating on Lewis Carroll’s idea in ‘Sylvie and Bruno Concluded’: “What do you consider the … Continue reading

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I love maps!  Maybe because I’ve a very bad sense of direction, but more because they are full of possibilities.  I’ve drawn many illustrated maps for newspapers (including a G2 cover for the Guardian, see below), but mostly for the … Continue reading

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Thirteenth Century Illustrator Matthew Paris and the Polar bear connection

I love Matthew Paris – no, not the Tory MP, the St Albans based monk and writer of travel guides/illustrator/cartographer/opinionated observer of 13th century life.  Last weekend whilst in Hertfordshire I visited the rambling and delightful 19th century home of … Continue reading

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