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space hop to leicester!

Whoo hoo! Here's me pretending to drive Eric, one of the two Leicester library buses. Librarian storyteller Ian Burley and I set up shop in sunny Abbey Park and had a blast drawing aliens with all the little astronauts we encountered on our voyage.



Thanks to all three libraries - St Barnabus, Beaumont Leys and Evington - who invited me to do Summer Reading Challenge Space Hop events. Here's the fab St Barnabus staff, including the lovely and mind-blowingly multi-lingual storyteller Jyoti Shanghavi (in green), whom I met on my last visit:



I stayed with comics buddies Selina Lock (girlycomic) and Jay Eales, Factor Fiction publishers and two of the organisers of Oxford's annual Caption comics festival, happening in less than two weeks! (It's Sat, 31 July - Sun, 1 August.)

On my last visit they'd mentioned the collection of amazing curry houses on Belgrave Road, so this time I took them up on it and we went to Bobby's Indian Vegetarian Restaurant. And whoa... Let me tell you, it was THE BEST INDIAN MEAL I've ever eaten in Britain! And that's saying a lot! I was in total heaven. The Gujarati sauces were perfect, even the fiercest carnivore would never have missed the meat, the spices were just too good. At the end, I asked the owner, Mr Lakhani, for a business card to take away and he generously loaded us up with a box of complementary Indian sweets.



I love Bobby's! I would go to Leicester just to eat there.



Unfortunately, I didn't manage to get a photo of the gang at Beaumont Leys, but here's the fab crew at Evington Library (I mostly focused on You Can't Eat a Princess! because of the space theme, but they also got to see Morris the Mankiest Monster and take sneak peeks at Vern and Lettuce and When Titus Took the Train:



And one of the hundreds of aliens drawn in the last two days:



One more pic with the library bus, with Ian and Darren (the real driver of the Book Bus):



Thanks to Selena (pictured) and Jay for keeping me, and wonderfully organised Space Hop co-ordinator Sandy Gibbons (on the right), you guys rock!



Speaking of space stuff, have you seen Darryl Cunningham's latest comic, The Moon Hoax? Go read it!

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emmav
Jul. 22nd, 2010 11:05 am (UTC)
hehe, it's cool that your crown is getting so much use! ^_^
It feels like far too long since I saw you!
jabberworks
Jul. 22nd, 2010 11:12 am (UTC)
It HAS been ages! I'm so sad I missed you on your last sushi stop! Are you going to Caption next weekend? xx
emmav
Jul. 22nd, 2010 11:15 am (UTC)
No plans to, no :( but I'll be at Kate's Spider Moon launch - you?
jabberworks
Jul. 22nd, 2010 11:23 am (UTC)
Oh! I meant to get back to her about that!! I really want to go.

I'm finishing a day of Cartoon Museum workshops at 4pm, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to feel knackered. But I could probably get to Oxford by 7, hmm. Are you guys staying overnight in Oxford?
emmav
Jul. 22nd, 2010 11:51 am (UTC)
We are indeed! Yay - hope to see you there, hon ^_^
girlycomic
Jul. 22nd, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
It was lovely to see you, glad you had a good time. Haven't eaten all the Indian sweets yet!
dlasky
Aug. 7th, 2010 04:33 am (UTC)
bus driving and Indian food!
Great photos! Congrads on your upcoming books! Where do you get all your energy?? More power to ya.

Obviously, I have not looked at LJ in a while, and I'm catching up on your recent posts. Sorry for the flurry of comments here today...
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