I had a lovely time at Latitude, and enjoyed reading and drawing at Macmillan's Book Nook on Saturday and Sunday. The children there were absolutely lovely - we did some expressions drawing and colouring, and I read The Toucan Brothers - I'm still pretty novice to reading my books to an audience, so it's great practise for me to see what works.
**Fashion tip** - don't wear silk dresses to festivals, chaps!
Thank you so much to Macmillan for inviting me!
In other news - I came across this list of story telling tips which looks pretty useful to me. It's by Emma Coats, I came across it through Tumblr.
And, totally un-work-related, but I can't resist as I'm too excited! I'm off to see Bruce Springsteen tonight in Cardiff! So a re-posting for the zillionth time of this:
Tomorrow I'm off to Latitude Festival, where I'm going to be at the Book Nook in the kids area on Saturday and Sunday doing a reading of the Toucans. There'll be fun worksheets, live drawing on the flipchart and perhaps I'll even wear my dungarees and cap if it isn't too hot!
Please stop by if you are there, it'd be wonderful to see friendly faces!
I'm sketching big spreads for a book at the moment, and have been blown away by the rediscovery of non-2B pencils. It sounds ridiculous, but having been using them for so long I'd just accepted that giant smudged pictures and hands were an inevitable by-product of pencil use, rather than down to excessively dark leads... cue rediscovery of H and all is clean and lovely and exciting! I get very stuck in my ways.
Also, I'm going to be at Latitude Festival in Suffolk in two weeks' time, on the 20th and 21st July. I'll be doing a reading/workshop on the Saturday and Sunday about The Toucan Brothers, probably involving some worksheets and expression drawing!
So if by any chance you are there with children and would like to stop by, that would be super! Or if you are there without children and want to come watch anyway, I'm guessing that would be fine too. Extra points for dressing as a toucan. I'm not sure which tent I'll be in yet, but I'll put up more info here when I get it.