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Fowey Carnival 2013

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Monsters visit Cornish Libraries

  August is carnival time in Fowey in Cornwall,  a major event in this part of the world, and my Monster drawing events competed for attention with a giant walnut-cracking crab, the Red Arrows aerobatic team, a huge fancy-dress parade … Continue reading

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Duck Racing

Never completely successful at horse-racing, I decided to have a go with Ducks.  As everyone knows, Lyme Regis became famous for its Duck Races after Conger Coddling (involving a frozen dead eel – don’t ask) was banned.  Apparently Duck Racing, … Continue reading

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China trip part five

  Having drawn the Great Wall of China for the Comic Strip History of the World, I wanted to see the real thing.  One free morning in Beijing before I left for London – but the cold and foggy conditions … Continue reading

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China trip part four

The Bookworm Festival included a visit to a school run by the Migrant Children’s Foundation for children whose parents have been drawn from the countryside to work in China’s cities.  A car picked us up from the Opposite House and drove … Continue reading

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China trip part three

Five hours travelling north from Suzhou to Beijing was a 302 km/h elevated and foggy whizz through countryside rapidly being converted into blocks of flats, roads cut into raw earth and forest of pylons. Luckily all the seats face forward as I … Continue reading

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China trip part two

Flew north to Shanghai, met by large poet Butler who was also taking part in the three cities’  Beijing Bookworm Festival, in Suzhou, a very boring 2 hours’ drive west of Shanghai along grey motorways.  Suzhou is a delight, a … Continue reading

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China trip part one

  Big excitement and managed to lose first item of clothing (hat with flaps for when I headed north) as I set off from Heathrow on 5th March, to take part in the first Hong Kong Young Readers Festival. Had to … Continue reading

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Cartoon Museum/Bloomsbury festival

Ooh I do like getting children to pull faces!  On your way to meet a friend in the park and faced with a lurking Cyclops, what do you do?  Forty children and adults at London’s Cartoon Museum came up with … Continue reading

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V&A Big Draw

Great space and several teenagers wandered in slowly (as they do) to discover my Department of Mysterious Objects, comic strip style.  Lovely to see Sue Grayson Ford, director of the Campaign for Drawing, having a look at the Big Draw events on offer.  … Continue reading

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