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Yesterday my studio mate Gary Northfield and I jointly led a couple monster workshops in Essex at the South Hornchurch library and Newton's primary school. I had loads of fun reading from Morris the Mankiest Monster; the kids got REALLY into being grossed out, and at the grand finale on the last page, both groups of kids did this thing where they all fell backward, en masse, in total amazed disgust. It was awesome!

Afterward, the librarian, Ruth Gedalovitch, drove us all around the places Gary grew up and he got rather nostalgic, which was good fun. You can see the rest of the tour over on the Fleece Station blog. (Warning: includes snogging and violence)

I got a few photos from the workshops:

Several kids informed me that I am very tall, which was helpful as I had never realised that, heh heh...

Links o' the day: Illustrator David Ercolini did an unusually classy cover for the SCBWI magazine, you can see his work here. In the related article, he recommends the New York Public Library Picture Collection Online, which I skimmed very briefly but looks like it could come in handy.


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Oct. 22nd, 2009 09:13 am (UTC)
I'd really love to go back to Essex and maybe run sessions at my old school. I think I'd die from the nostalgia mind you. I get very emotional about that sort of thing. I'd just stand, transfixed, in those old corridoors I knew so well....
Oct. 23rd, 2009 09:50 am (UTC)
I think Gary got a bit overwhelmed, he hadn't been there in 25 years and he was so, so curious about it all. Yes, it's worth going back for a peek! :-D
Oct. 22nd, 2009 10:33 am (UTC)
GARY! What a dude! :)
I really liked the Ercolini stuff you link to...especially the bathing series. Lovely colors!
Hope work's going well...
Oct. 23rd, 2009 09:50 am (UTC)
Hi, Ellen! Are you going to the Cambridge conference this weekend? We must catch up soon! xx
Oct. 23rd, 2009 10:50 am (UTC)
No, can't make it! But I was thinking of asking to work at the studio the Tuesday after half-term....lmk! 'Twould be nice to see you, and all you've been working on...good luck in your travels this weekend! best, Ellen
Oct. 22nd, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
...Although I wouldn't trust kids. EVERYTHING is tall to them. Even me.
Oct. 23rd, 2009 09:51 am (UTC)
That is so true. It's weird going back to places I went when I was a kid and marveling at how much smaller they are.
Mar. 6th, 2010 09:18 am (UTC)
Hee hee - have only just found this comment - Oh yes - he was so emotional - the kids loved having you both! Lots have been into the library talking about your visit and how much fun you all had. Thanks so much for coming - it was a blast!

Mar. 6th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
Hi, Ruth! Thanks, we had a great time. Hope all's going well with you! xx
Mar. 4th, 2014 10:11 am (UTC)
Hiya Sarah

Every year, all our libraries decorate their children's areas in line with the Summer Reading Challenge theme. Each year, myself and a couple of "mystery judges" tour the borough (generally in a morning!) to decide which wins the trophy. Let me tell you, it is hotly contested and the branches can never stoop too low to win!

I just wondered if you and Gary would like to be our mystery judges this year? It seems apt since you did the illustrations!

Dates pencilled in are the 2nd or 3rd July. But, if it makes it easier, anytime in that week would be fab!



PS ruth.gedalovitch@havering.gov.uk
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