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January 4th, 2011

MEGAMONSTER 15 jan - mark your diaries!

Saturday, the 15th of January is a BIG DAY! And you know why? Because the amazing Nikki Gamble is launching a new centre - called Just Imagine - that's going to host all sorts of comics workshops, storytelling, costume drama, drawing extravaganzas and mad creative scribbling sessions. Fabulous news for kids, parents, people who love stories and people who make stories! It's based in Chelmsford, Essex, a short train ride from central London.



On the 15th, there's going to be a big party for all ages, and YOU'RE INVITED! Come prepared to make monsters with me and the zany writer Steve Cole. Steve always has me laughing so hard that it takes several hours for my cheeks to stop hurting. We're going to have you help us come up with a huge MEGAMONSTER baddie, then you're going to design your own monster and scored trump card to form a sort of Monster Justice League to wage battle against the Megamonster.

IT'S GOING TO BE EPIC.
(I'll list the schedule details at the bottom of this post.) Here's my fab friend Steve; the first time I met him he was wearing a Vern badge. I was so excited!



You may know him as the hugely popular author of Dr Who novels and the bestselling Slime Squad, Astrosaurs and Cows in Action series. With all his monster and slime experience, it's a no-brainer to pair him up with my Morris the Mankiest Monster, and we might even slide some comics in there, since Steve is a big comics fan.

Edit: And I just heard that the writer Marcus Sedgwick will be coming along! Hurrah!

Nikki had me design the logo image for the Just Imagine centre and write a bit about it.



When I designed the 'Just Imagine' logo, I envisioned a child taking a book to a rather unpromising place - a burnt-out tree stump - and the tree comes alive and flourishes as the story weaves its magic in the child's imagination. Childhood isn't always a welcoming kind of place, but kids can explore a huge range of possibilities for different ways of living through the characters they meet in stories. I was a miserable child, and books saved me by giving me hope for the future, that there was a huge world out there to explore, and new people to meet. I learned from other people's mistakes, and encountered the kinds of people I wanted to make friends with when I eventually met them. Sometimes now I feel my whole life is a story, with limitless possibilities, if I can imagine them, and that's a wonderful thing.

Lot more under the cutCollapse )
See you soon in Essex!

*****MAKE-A-MONSTER MEGA-CHALLENGE!*****

11.00 Just Imagine Grand Opening

The hugely popular author of Dr Who novels and the bestselling Slime Squad, Astrosaurs and Cows in Action series, Steve Cole, teams up with Sarah McIntyre equally talented and superenergetic illustrator and designer of our logo to cut the ribbon and officially open our centre.

Balloons and goodie bags for the first 100 children through the door. If you want one make sure you bring a child with you!

Come and meet Horrid Henry and the Gruffalo. Bring your camera and have your photo taken with them.

Facepainting throughout the day, and tales of monsters and heroes by local storyteller Mike Dodsworth.

11.30 Slimey Morris - time for a story with Sarah and Steve

12.00 - 1.00 Create Your Own Monster with Steve and Sarah
Please note there must be an adult accompanying children at this drop in session.

1.30 Slimey Morris - time for a story with Sarah and Steve with Steve and Sarah Please note there must be an adult accompanying children at this drop in session.

2.00 - 3.00 Create your Own Monster with Steve and Sarah
Please note there must be an adult accompanying children at this drop in session.

3.30 Prize ceremony. Winners and lots of monstertastic prizes for:
Best Baby Monster
Best Pop Star Monster
Best Pirate Monster
Best Hairdo Monster
Best Space Monster
Best Underwater Monster

In the afternoon we joined by Marcus Sedgwick author of the Raven Mysteries and breathtaking teen novels Bookd Red, Snow White, Revolver and White Crow

4.00 Book signing. Come and get a book signed by Marcus, Sarah or Steve.

4.30 After Dark with Marcus Sedgwick.
Marcus draws the day to a close with a few words... and perhaps a glass of bubbly!

Press call photo opportunity at 3.30

And a video under the cutCollapse )

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