Oh boy! My air ticket is about to be booked for this!
I can’t quite believe it. I’m letting myself be swept along and away.
Thunderstorm Dancing will be going on a holiday to meet lots of people at the fair, and one of the spreads from the book will be featured in the Hello From Australia exhibition, organised by Books Illustrated.
I’ll be helping set up the stand with Ann James and Ann Haddon and generally loitering about with my eyes out on stalks. And I’ll have a stint or two doing drawing demonstrations, which should be fun. The only shame is that the fair is for book industry folk and is not open to the public so I won’t have any children coming to visit. I love the conversations that happen with children when I am drawing for them.
There will be several other Australian children’s authors and illustrators there too (and the numbers are rising). And intriguing lectures. Some of last year’s ones were called things like:
Not for girls, neither for boys: free novels to grow up freely
The universal language of fairy tales
Stories and lines (in the Illustrator’s Café… I might spend a bit of time there)
How to Animate Your Children Story (meaning to turn it into an animation)
Illustration beyond the page (What happens when illustration leaves the book and expands to new worlds. From children’s plays on dogs and hyenas, to body painting the Book of Ester.)
The Future of Education is already here: Literature for Children and Young People in the Cloud
Writing for children, a different outlook on the world
Show us your illustration!
And many, many more. So I am looking forward to some great conversations and much inspiration.
This is Puglia. Those trulli remind me of a scene I absolutely loved in The Horse and his Boy by C S Lewis. Does anyone remember the scene where Shasta is outside the walls of the city of Tashbaan, alone amongst the tombs and the sun goes down? A cat comes and keeps him company. (The cat is Aslan in disguise of course.) I just LOVE a magical cat.
It’s a busy time. More soon.