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I'm coming up to another book deadline, so things have been a bit frantic here. But a few quick notes and non-book things:

That guy in the polaroid is Kev Hopgood, who is a bit of a hero of mine because he manages to support a big family by making comics. And he is a hero of a lot of little boys because he draws Spiderman and Iron Man and cool stuff like that. And the other person is screenwriter Lauren Sabel with her bubbly Japanese camera.

If you're anywhere near London's South Bank, be sure to have a look in the Royal Festival Hall at the exhibition of illustrations from Portugese children's stories, as part of the Imagine Children's Literature Festival, 12-22 Feb. The pictures that stuck out the most to me were some intricate cut paper designs by Gémeo Luís, but there was a lot of amazing artwork there.

I was at the Royal Festival Hall for drinks with the London division of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. If you live in the UK and you're looking to meet up with other people in the field and get tips and just make friends and stuff, do think about joining SCBWI, it's a good organisation and has fun events and conferences.

Other things:
Thanks to illustrator Jennie McLaughlin for the link to the Observer photo and article about Lauren Child's kitchen. (I love nosing around people's houses.)

And this is a bit nutty and probably totally irrelevant to anyone not named Sarah, but if you're listening to BBC Radio 4 today at 11am, keep an ear out for a half-hour radio documentary about the fab Sarah Party I went to last year, with about a hundred cool women all named Sarah. Wacky, huh.



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Feb. 13th, 2009 09:53 am (UTC)
Oh man, a Sara[h] party! That's so fantastic!

(My name is actually Sara, which is something I keep loosely secret from LJ.)
Feb. 13th, 2009 10:50 am (UTC)
Yay, Sara(h)s rock! :-D
Feb. 13th, 2009 10:48 am (UTC)
I saw Little Shop of Horrors during it's London run - was a brilliant night out. Is it too nerdy to admit to owning the soundtrack AND the karaoke version?
Feb. 13th, 2009 10:52 am (UTC)
Ha ha... FAR too nerdy!!!

Ooh, I want copies, too. The songs are brilliant. I am exercising huge restraint this morning to work and not spend the next hour looking them up on YouTube.
Feb. 13th, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
oooooohhhhhhh! Lauren Child's kitchen!!
Feb. 13th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
Hooray! It DOES look like a shop, though, hehe.
Feb. 13th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
Kev Hopgood is now my personal hero.

And I remember that Lauren Child kitchen piece, which was very cool. Not sure if I sent you this, but here's another recent L.C. piece, this time from The Times.
Feb. 13th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
Ooh, thanks for that! I'll go have a read.
Feb. 13th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
Why has nobody organised a 'Jamie Party'? I suppose I could turn up at a 'James Party'. But I might get sneered at a bit.
Feb. 13th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
That is because Jamie is a more affectionate version of James and they would all be jealous.
Feb. 13th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
Why, thank you! But I think James is better for some things. For example 'Jamie Bond' sounds like he'd be more likely to have a license to fix your boiler than a license to kill.
Feb. 13th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
But he would manage to look both cuddly and dashing at the same time, something James never achieves. Boiler suits could be the next tuxedo.
Feb. 13th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
I went and had a look at the illustrations.pt at lunch time. Very nice. Thanks for the pointer.

There had about about 10 kids in the bibliomancy bit, all writing down phrases they found from the books at the side, then cranking the noisy wheels to send their message up to the top of the display. Ace!

As an added bonus it was a slow food market day, so I had a scrummy venison and black pepper sausage for lunch.
Feb. 13th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow!!! That sounds like a brilliant afternoon!
Feb. 13th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
Ooh, polaroids ? You know thay've stopped producing the paper for those, so this might be the last time you're enjoying them !

Yes, the Polaroids era is almost over...
Feb. 14th, 2009 09:21 am (UTC)
I'm not sure, I think these might have been made specially for a niche Japanese market fan base! The camera's owner said that the film's not cheap (US$1 a picture), but it's still very popular with Japanese teenage girls. I can't remember if she got it from the States or Japan.

Hey, hope you're having a great time in the US! Garen loved the picture with the wording that you helped me translate. Thanks again for that!
Feb. 13th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the deadline
Hello, good luck with the deadline and cheers for the mention - I am always looking out for any links to kids book illustrators these days to help me with my MA... super blog Sarah!

Feb. 14th, 2009 09:22 am (UTC)
Re: Good luck with the deadline
Thanks, Jennie! And I'm glad you like it! :-)
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