A week ago I spent a couple of days in Wales. One of my books “When the Moon Smiled” was translated into Welsh and published by BookTrust Cymru’s Pori Drwy Stori programme.
Pori Drwy Stori includes the Boomerang Book Bags which are given to every school in Wales and encourage small children and families to enjoy books and to read for pleasure. Every pupil in reception classes in Wales will get one of my books!
“Whne the Moon Smiled” is one of my first books. It was published in 2003. I always liked the book and it’s nice to see that it is still appreciated by others. My publisher Walker Books is planning to publish the book again in a board book version. I think it would work pretty well. I’m looking forward to seeing it!
Wales is beautiful, so I started my trip a day earlier and went to see friends I hadn’t seen for while. They live in the Mumbles. The weather was gorgeous and we had a nice walk by the sea.
Word that somebody who can draw is staying over night traveled fast, so my breakfast the next day was turned into a mini drawing session.We drew lots of animals, but mainly dolphins.
My next stop was Merthyr. In the evening I’ve prepared four big boards for upcoming workshops. The impressive hall in the Red House next to Merthyr’s library was changed into a big studio.
I like to work on a big scale and I like to get messy. It looks more like a factory rather than a studio. Painting four pictures at the same time saves time, but it’s also rather tiring.
During my stay in Wales I was accompanied by the lovely, BookTrust Cymru Coordinator Faaiza Bashir and very nice Rachel Lloyd who is BookTrust schools’ engagement manager and met with Helen Wales who works as the National Development Manager. It was a really nice couple of days meeting and working with great people and lovely children.Over the time I did four talks in which Rachel read the book in Welsh. It sounded great. I wish I could speak Welsh!
Traveling from Merthyr to Wrexham was also fun. There was still snow on the hills, but Spring is coming fast.
In Wrexham I talked and worked on two big pantings with the children from Victoria Community Primary School in the morning and in the afternoon with children from Alexandra Primary School. The children were 4,5 and some of them 6 years old.
Look what we did together!