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Wood Festival

I had a great time reading The Dawn Chorus to children at Wood Festival. Even the very little ones coloured in birds and decorated them with feathers. There was a lot of careful cutting out too. My friend Shirin did a workshop making faces which produced some amazing works of art. It’s a lovely festival […]

Back from Bologna

One of the best things about Bologna is meeting up with friends from the MA. But it is getting even more exciting when I see their books on Publisher’s stands. Some of them began as projects on the course two years ago, and some people (Steve Antony) even had giant panda posters… Elena Arevalo Melville signed her gorgeous “No […]

Winnie-the-Pooh in New York, and The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter.

Last week I saw the real Winnie-the-Pooh with  Piglet, who is actually very small, and Tigger, Kanga and Eeyore  in the New York Public Library, where they now all live. The “Pooh dolls” as they call them have been at the library since 1987 and were a gift from Milne’s American publisher. They were on […]

The Dawn Chorus arrived in the post!

This week I had the best post ever, the first copies of my book The Dawn Chorus. Even though I have been making this book for over 2 years it was a wonderful surprise!  Seeing all of the work come together into a physical object and holding it in one piece was very exciting. I […]

Paris – books, illustrators and household gloves

I went to Paris this week. I am always on the lookout for old paper so the first time I came across Au Petit Bonheur La Chance in the Marais I was lost for hours. This shop is heaven, crammed with old pencils, pens, vintage Christmas wrapping paper, and best of all, old unused exercise […]

Three new books

“When I start a new book, I think I am not going to be able to do it again. I can’t draw, I can’t use colour. It’s a rather miserable process.” That’s what John Burningham writes at the end of his brilliant book Behind the Scenes, which I was given this week as a present. […]