I was at the Hay Festival last Sunday taking part at the “Illustration Hot Desk in the Make and Take Tent”. I showed some of my illustrations and sketches, talked to people and did drawings for children.
The line-up at Hay was great, as always and it was a good opportunity to catch up with some friends and fellow illustrators.
I went to see Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher’s event. They were talking about their collaboration on the book “Perfect”. Nicola always does a good talk and it was a real treat to see Cathy painting live. The event was a great success and their audience was superb.
This photo was taken by Stuart Conway.
Talking about collaborations with Nicola Davies. Our book “A First Book of Animals” was shortlisted for “The Royal Society’s 2017 Young People’s Book Prize” last Friday. How exciting!
At Hay I also talked to Chris Riddell. He came to the “Tent” and we did a joint drawing. I don’t get nervous easily, but drawing with the Children Laureate was a bit too much for me. My hand was shaking.
We did this drawing and I don’t think any of us knew exactly what it was about. Still, it was fun.
Chris then did a portrait of me
and I returned the favour.
If you think that we look a bit different, let me just explain, that drawing on a flip chart in front of people, standing sideways doesn’t make it easy.
I decided to stay for another treat – a talk by Oliver Jeffers. He is not just a brilliant artist and book maker, but also a great entertainer. The event was brilliant.
I’ll be back at Hay next Sunday to do two workshops in ” The Scribblers’ Tent”, so come to say hello if you are around.
Before then, on Saturday I’ll be at the “Ilminster Literary Festival” and I’m looking forward to it already!
One more exciting news – Jessica Ennis-Hill was reading “Puffin Peter” on CBeebies and she read it very well!
I realised that this blog is lacking a masterpiece, so here is one. This picture was done by Alexandra age 4. It’s a self portrait with a Yorkshire terrier. I love it.