Category Archives: Festivals

The Guardian Big Draw

Another very busy day running comic strip workshops, this time for the Guardian at Kings Place. Lively groups of children used comic strip narratives to trick a Cyclops who had very bad dietary habits (Children on toast – yum! etc)  Great stuff. … Continue reading

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Frinton on Sea Literary Festival

Early start and very busy day running interactive comic strip workshops at two schools.  My charming Festival minders Gerald (motor-home owner and sea- kayak-er) and Sally J of Caxton Books kindly drove me round and generally looked after me.   Frinton … Continue reading

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Bath Festival of Children’s Literature/The Big Sausage of Time

It always helps if we have one or two visitors from outer space in our audience, and luckily there were several, cleverly disguised as earthling children.  Author Tracey Turner and I were at Bath’s fifth Festival of Children’s Literature to … Continue reading

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Back from the Far North

Back from the Far North now and missing my little attic room with its two windows facing east (North Sea) and west (towards the Atlantic). En route to Lerwick’s brilliant new (ish) museum last week was so pleased to see … Continue reading

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UK’s most northerly book festival

Day One Two taxis, a train and three planes later – it should have only been two, but there was a ‘technical problem’ –  and I eventually arrived in Lerwick, the capital of Shetland, 170 km north of mainland Scotland. … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Festival – last day in Scotland

Yesterday to a talk by Ian Thompson on his book “Jules Verne in Scotland”.  Verne loved Scotland, claiming one of his ancestors was a Scottish archer, and several of his novels are set here.  The book’s publisher is Luath, named … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Book Festival Day 3

Thirty fans of Greek Mythological Monsters braved the rain and used caps of invisibility, cartons of lotus juice, bags of wind and flying sandals to outwit monsters in my second drawing workshop at the festival. Great atmosphere, and hugely inventive … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Book Festival Day 2

  This morning’s comic strip workshop about space was sold out – hooray – with brilliant results from young wannabe astronauts and comic strip artists.  Book signing afterwards, then to the Authors’ Yurt to warm my sandalled toes at its roaring stove.  It’s now … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Childrens Book Festival

  Excitement … I’ve arrived at the Edinburgh Book Festival, the sun is shining (contrary to weather forecasts) and I’ve found the Authors’ Yurt in Charlotte Square Garden’s literary tentworld.  I may be only one of this year’s 797 participants, but wearing a … Continue reading

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