|Louise and Lizzie from Harper Collins.|
The first person I bumped into at Hay was the brilliant Louise Rennison who I met early in the year. She'd just done an event on WITHERING TIGHTS her HILARIOUS book. She is every bit as funny as her books and great company! I'd had twitter MUD warnings before Hay Festival, but it turned out to be a tiny bit SUNNY and even slightly warm. My EVENT at Hay was on EARLY on Saturday so wanted to WAKE the kids up by making PAPER BANGERS which are appearing in Tom Gates BOOK FOUR - Genius IDEAS (mostly).
I used to make them when I was a kid. I needed A3 size paper which was meant to be already at the Hay office. Turns out they didn't have enough so MARTIN came to the rescue and drove me to get some.
Thanks Martin, my event wouldn't have been the same without you!
|Martin to the rescue.|
|THIS is a paper banger!|
I was in the Sky Arts Studio - which looked MASSIVE (it was).
|My trembling hand took this |
picture of the venue.
I met up with Martin Chiltern (telegraph digital cultural) very briefly as he was rushing from one event to another. He tweeted a pic of my TOM GATES nails too!
|My doodles got coloured in nice blues and greens.|
|A whole weeks worth of doodles.|
|Sarah in her Pirate gear.|
My lovely editor Clare at the back - Lisa (publishing director)- Sarah's partner next to Philips partner Sarah- then Sarah M - Sam - Philip Reeve- Martin Brown - Moira Young- Paul.
Scholastic took us out for a lovely dinner. Philip's son Tom is keen on the Tom Gates books so I made him a paper banger (for later). He kept himself VERY busy doing some great drawings while we all chatted, ate and drunk wine. I had to leave early due to a 7:30 am start, which was just as well probably.
Philip Reeve book signing.
He's an AWARD winning author
and his NEW book is called GOBLINS.
It's the one with the
Day-Glo green cover below.
|A selection of Sarah, Philip and Martins books.|
|Sarah in action with Moira Young who's book|
BLOOD RED ROAD is a HUGE success.It's won a
stack of awards and is up for loads more.
Watch the BBC interview with her here.
You can see Sarah's pictures on her blog.
|Sarah McIntyre and Martin who |
illustrates the Horrible Histories books.
|One of my FAVORITE Author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers mural with added jumpers.|
|Axel Scheffler's jumper (The Gruffalo).|
Met up with Art College Friend Susannah English who lives
15 mins from Hay. We haven't seen each other for about 17 years!
So we had lots to catch up on. Susannah did illustration (I did graphics)at Camberwell. We were remembering the teachers who taught us.Like Chris Corr, who's work I LOVE still and Paul Cox who taught Susannah. We had fun reminiscing!
She was so impressive and very inspiring. Earlier Mary had gone to talk to people in the high street of Hay which got a bit of publicity too. I couldn't believe the size of the audience she had for her talk, there were thousands of people. Watch out for the new TV program she'll be making. Which will no doubt be very interesting and entertaining. Margate is one of the cites she'll be trying to help. I used to go there a lot as a kid - to DREAMLAND fun fair. It was pretty ropy when I went so I'm guessing it's not improved with age? I BLURTED out "That was amazing." as Mary walked past me in the green room, much to Lily's embarrassment.
|Lily found this book made into a bag.|
|Mark and Lily.|
|Night off in Crickhowell.|
|We saw this sign in Crickhowell. |
So we followed it and bought
Black Mountain Chocolate
which was DELICIOUS.
One more bit of GOOD NEWS!
Excellent Excuses (and other good stuff)
Has been shortlisted for the SOUTHAMPTON BOOK AWARD 2012.www.southampton/gov.uk/bookaward. This will be live shortly and will feature an online voting page.
Here's the complete shortlist:
Tim Collins – Adventure of a Wimpy Werewolf
David Grimstone – Undead Ed and the Demon Freak Show
Pete Johnson – Vampire Hunters
Gill Lewis – Sky Hawk
Liz Pichon – Excellent Excuses (and Other Good Stuff)