Sunday, 22 August 2010

Cake, dolphins and festivals...

Well I'm off on my holidays on Tuesday but there's just time to tell you that Yowseroony - what a great launch! Waterstones was full of lovely people on Thursday and I signed about 85 books - and there was cake - yay!

Here's some photographic evidence of the occasion:

And then the following day I was giving it the full Alan Partridge and was the 'on the sofa' guest on BBC Radio Suffolk with the lovely Lesley Dolphin (and was very pleased to find it was an actual, rather than metaphorical sofa) - if you feel that way inclined you can find and listen to it here.

So now I'm off to plan a 2 hour workshop I'm running at The Greenbelt Festival next week and have, as yet, put worryingly little thought into - should be fun!!

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

To infinity (actually, Bury St Edmunds)... and beyond!

Is anyone hungry? Because it's launch time! (Can you see what I've done there?) I've never launched anything in my life but tomorrow morning I shall be setting afloat my new book Just Because (which I may have mentioned before) in Waterstones in Bury St Edmunds. Truth is I've never even attended a launch before but if my knowledge of such things serves me correctly, and I believe it does, it shall involve the Queen smashing a bottle of plonk against my head followed by NASA blasting me into orbit. Should be fun.

In other news I've just finished the sequel to Just Because called Sometimes which should be on sale next year - here's a sneak-preview of some of the artwork:

And after my Just Because you-tubey wittering antics my publisher for Cub's First Winter asked for something similar so here it is (perhaps more of a blithering than a wittering this time though):

And I've just finished the text for a new book called 'Oli and the Last Dinosaur' - here's the cover
- not sure if I should have painted it rather than using this style though - what do you think?

And finally I've been interviewed by the lovely BookBag people - check it out here if you so wish, and Lovereading4kids have very kindly featured me as their Illustrator of the Month - Gawd bless 'em!

So that's it for now - I'll let you know how the launch went after I return to Earth.