June 18th, 2012

it's all part of pop up!

Whoo hoo! The Pop Up Festival website is now LIVE!!!

And besides the COMICS BIG-TOP OF AWESOME, look at all the other amazing things that are going on! Who are THESE people...?

...Just a couple of the fine folk taking part in the Filipino-style fiesta! And there's so much more! Here's Candy Gourlay's own Fiesta mini website. So many festivals within a festival, this is going to be TRULY AWESOME.

Please spread the word! Anyone you can think of who might like to come along, tell them about it and share the Pop Up Festival link!

discover centre's storycloud goes live!

Remember that MONSTERVILLE I mentioned in earlier blog posts, the monster village I designed with Ed Vere, Neal Layton and the Discover Children's Story Centre in Stratford, east London? Well, this time the Discover gang paired me up with very tall writer Philip Ardagh, and we came up with a little interactive web story. And so did lots of other fab writers and illustrators whose work you'll probably recognise! So today was the official launch day of the StoryCloud website; the Discover centre threw a party, and the 'pull me' lever got pulled.

I wasn't quite sure who was coming to the party, other than Mr Ardagh, so I was chuffed to bits when I arrived to see him, Chris Riddell and Adam Stower already there, and I met StoryCloud illustrator Carl Pearce. We were all curious to see how our stories had turned out, and poked and prodded the iPad like excited 3-year-olds.

And here's the new StoryCloud website! You'll only get to read the first story on this visit, but Discover will unlock a new story every Monday for eleven more weeks, as part of the London 2012 Festival. The first story's by former children's laureate and writer Michael Rosen and illustrator Kristyna Litten. You can read a bit more about it in today's Telegraph article by Martin Chilton here. It's fun to look at, but also a great resource to set off kids creating new stories of their own. (Do you know any kids? Why not get them to submit a story! 400 words or less, that's a manageable size.)

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