Thursday, 27 May 2010

Halifax Independent Art School

Yesterday Lynne Chapman and I went to talk to some students at a recently opened Independent Art School in Huddersfield, which is run the artist John Ross. We were invited to the artsy hub of Halifax by Chris Mould, Children's Writer & Illustrator and Artist in Residence at Dean Clough Mill. 

After a great discussion with the students, we were treated to a tour of Dean Clough, where we met some artists at work and had a sneaky look around Chris Mould's studio! 

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CHIPS in California!

My good friend Rob who lives in sunny California just sent me this picture। He says the book is "awesome" - hope he's not just being nice!

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Friday, 21 May 2010

Fun with the Little Ones!

Q:  What do you get if you mix 30 very small children, a trolley of percussion instruments, scissors, glue, sparkles, string, stories and songs.... and what do you get?

Lots and Lots of Fun!!
(Oh, and quite a lot of noise!)

Check out the Gallery to find out more about my time with Fairfield and St Peter's Nursery Schools in the Building Foundations Project:

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Thursday, 13 May 2010

101 Things You Didn't Know About Publishing #6

Knock their Socks Off

If you want to get a picture book published, its going to have to be good.  In fact, not just good, it has to be OUTSTANDING!   

You must have original content, strong characters and a believable story.  If you’re thinking of writing a tale about a poor animal who can’t find a comfy place to sleep, or has lost its nest, or has lost its oink, baa or moo, then you might need a re-think! 

Picture books have progressed beyond all recognition since the days of Peter and Jane, so make sure your story is a real belter!

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Wednesday, 12 May 2010

I'm Away with the Fairies!

Here I am having a fun time with the Rainbow Magic Fairies!

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Rainbow Magic Premiere

Here we are, all very excited, waiting to go into the Rainbow Magic Premiere!  If you haven't already heard of them, Rainbow Magic is a series of hugely successful books published by Orchard Books, and written by Daisy Meadows.  HiT entertainment have just released a Rainbow Magic film on DVD and we were invited down to Leicester Square in London to walk up the pink carpet and enjoy the first screening of the film.

We had a great time laughing at the silly goblins, hiding from the scarry snowman and eating popcorn.  Afterwards the children had a great time at the Rainbow Magic party, with pink party food, face painting, balloon sculpture, photographs, more balloons, magic tricks, crafty stuff and more.  And as if that wasn't enough, we each got a bulging party bag with a copy of the DVD, books, CDs, and a lovely sparkly snowstorm to put in photographs we had taken with the Rainbow Fairies.

What a great day.  Thanks Orchard for inviting us!!

More pictures to follow!

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