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So exciting!!! I got an e-mail from Cheltenham Literature Festival organiser Jane Churchill, who invited me to be the Book It! Illustrator for the festival in October. I can hardly believe it, other people who have done it in the past are some of my most favourite illustrators, including David Roberts, Polly Dunbar and Chris Riddell. And I had an amazing time at last year's festival.

That means I'll get to make a picture that will go on the brochure, banners, flyers, etc, and I asked if I could do my Vern and Lettuce characters and they said yes! So I've just sketched out a first version to see what they think. You might see a lot of changes, but I thought I'd post them as I go along. (And I'm very glad for any feedback, I want this picture to look the best it can!)



I'm starting out with a little wobbly go-cart type thing, like the Pickle Rye gang are setting off for the festival, but getting a bit lost (as they would). Here are Polly Dunbar's and Chris Riddell's from earlier years:



(They're cheltfestivals on Twitter if you want to follow. The festival runs 8–17 October.)

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(Anonymous)
Jun. 4th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
great news! look forward to seeing you again
Barbara
jabberworks
Jun. 5th, 2010 08:38 am (UTC)
Thanks, Barbara! Me, too! :)
visioluxus
Jun. 4th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
Exciting! Good for you!
jabberworks
Jun. 5th, 2010 08:39 am (UTC)
Thanks for that! And good luck with your photography sale, some amazing prints over there!
peony_pink
Jun. 4th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)

How exciting! I'll be living a lot closer to Cheltenham again by October, so I might come along. :)
jabberworks
Jun. 5th, 2010 08:39 am (UTC)
Ooh yes, please do! (And let me know who you are when you're there, I love meeting LJ people!)
displacedart
Jun. 5th, 2010 04:30 am (UTC)
congrats! i really like what you've done so far, looking forward to seeing it coloured :D
jabberworks
Jun. 5th, 2010 08:40 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm hoping it's not too busy, but when it's blown up as a big poster, I want it to have lots to look at. Hmm...
displacedart
Jun. 6th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
i dont think it'll be too busy, i like how the characters are all doing something.
(Anonymous)
Jun. 5th, 2010 06:08 am (UTC)
Hurrah!
I feel so proud to know you! Congrads!!!
dlasky
Jun. 5th, 2010 06:09 am (UTC)
Re: Hurrah!
Oops - that one was by me. :)
jabberworks
Jun. 5th, 2010 08:40 am (UTC)
Re: Hurrah!
Yay! :D
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