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This photo shows how being a children's book illustrator is just like being a rock star. See, here I am about to stage dive into a group of 5-year-olds.



I had a full day of pirating today in Hoxton, as part of the Pop-Up Festival I blogged about earlier (hopefully we'll have a big comics festival for kids in central London on either 31 June or 1 July. But it's more than a one-weekend summer festival, Director Dylan Calder and his team are doing story-related events all over London before then, here's the Booklinks website. And you can follow what's happening under the #Booklinks hashtag on Twitter.



Today we drew some cool pirates! All the kids had the Design-Your-Own-Pirate activity sheets (downloadable here), but they're going to work on them later; while I was there, we just made mad drawings together. This one's from Millfields Primary School:



And rather excitingly, my event was back-to-back with another by illustrator Guy Parker-Rees! You may have seen the book he did with Giles Andreae, Giraffes Can't Dance, and here's his website. I first met Guy in Brighton, at the talk I gave for the Brighton Illustrators Group, and it was great to see him again! I managed to catch the last ten minutes of his event, and he stayed for all of mine. And as you can see, this giraffe CAN dance.



That giraffe's a cheeky little guy. What, there's no giraffe! Yes, there is, he's BEHIND YOU!




The kids had written down loads of questions to ask and we had a right ol' storming session.



Some more Millfield pirates!











Earlier in the day, I went to St Monica's RC Primary School, right in Hoxton Square. And they'd had a big party in the staff room, so there was LOTS OF CAKE.



I love this St Monica pirate, it has a sort of Francis Bacon look to it.



Some more excellent pirates from St Monica's...









Thanks so much to Dylan and his Pop-Up Festival team, Rachel Harvey at at St Monica's and Debi Moncur at Millfields, along with their schools for arranging and hosting my visits! I hope the kids (and maybe the teachers, too) went away to create some amazing pirate stories.



Then I went back into the staff room, a cupcake did a stage dive onto me, and it was all over.


(Photo pinched from the Things You Wouldn't Know If We Didn't Blog Intermittently website, flagged by Philip Reeve)

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(Anonymous)
Feb. 28th, 2012 09:14 am (UTC)
Philip Ardagh
We were at the Roald Dahl Funny Prize event at the Imagine Festival on Sunday. Philip Ardagh was asked about what superpower he would like to have and he immediately started to talk about you and your wonderfulness and the drawing you had done of his beard hypnotising Highland cattle. You would have blushed!

Best wishes,

Joan
jabberworks
Mar. 4th, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Philip Ardagh
Aw, wow, thanks!! I just saw your comment, Joan. (It's been a bit crazy here!) And blushed!

That's great to hear, wow, I never would've guessed. :D
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