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Today I had lunch with the amazing Sally Nicholls, who's writing up a storm on her novels and is also watching with wonder as her first novel, Ways to Live Forever is made into a full-length film! Sally's second book, Season of Secrets is a brilliant read, tapping into English mythology about the Green Man, and her first book made me laugh and then show up for a publisher meeting with mascara running down my face.

The film's got a good cast list, including Emilia Fox, Ben Chaplin and Natalia Tena (who plays Tonks in the Harry Potter film). You can follow the film's developments on WaysToLiveForever.com.

Sally started to get book contracts just a little bit before I did, and it was fascinating - and helpful - to compare notes about what we're trying to do with work, how we manage our time, the story ideas we're wrestling with, and the films we never seem to be able to get around to seeing.

Another interesting person I met this weekend was the Felt Mistress, also known as Louise Evans. She makes wedding dresses as her full-time job, but she also makes the most amazing creatures out of felt.

Here are a few pieces: her Serge Gainsbourg and a Modster Couple:

And here's Louise's partner, Jonathan Edwards, Jontofski or Jonathan-E is how he credits his regular illustration work in The Guardian. He's used to working with tight deadlines of a day or so, and his shortest deadline was fifteen minutes (which included reading the article he illustrated). Here he is with Woodrow Phoenix, who's looking very fetching in his cracker hat.

Edit: I just found out from Jonathan that he's the creator of the famous Draw Serge blog! (Have you drawn Serge yet?)


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Dec. 15th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
Serge Gainsbourg ? Do people actually know who he was, outside of Frenchland ?

Incidentally, french cartoonist Joann Sfar (author of "The Rabbi's Cat") is making a movie about him...

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Dec. 15th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Oops, embedding didn't work : the trailer is there.

Dec. 15th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
Merci. Have just lifted that trailer for my own LJ.
Dec. 15th, 2009 10:02 am (UTC)
Funnily enough, it seems loads of people are talking about Gainsbourg, he seems to be having a bit of a revival, or maybe I'm just more aware of it now. ellenlindner's a huge fan and the guys at Gosh! Comics are totally obsessed. His videos make me snort (like that Harley Davidson song with Bardot) but he was a real character. And I suppose he sums up a lot of things that are French for English people.
Dec. 15th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
Gainsbourg's a pretty familiar name to anyone over 40, I'd say. Famous (banned) hit record, father of Charlotte, all good.
Dec. 15th, 2009 10:02 am (UTC)
Yeah, everyone likes Charlotte! :)
Dec. 15th, 2009 09:26 am (UTC)
Have you seen the terrific Draw Serge blog?
Dec. 15th, 2009 10:03 am (UTC)
Yes, that's brilliant! Loads of people have done it! :D
Dec. 15th, 2009 10:23 am (UTC)
Oh wow, Jonathan just told me the Draw Serge blog is HIS! (And that it is inexplicably very popular in Brazil.) I had no idea! :-)
Dec. 15th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)
Ahhh - the Serge Gainsbourg doll is wonderful! I love reading your journal, so full of fascinating creative people.
Dec. 15th, 2009 10:04 am (UTC)
I had a look through Louise's Flickr stream last night and Stuart was getting a bit cross at me because I was supposed to writing Christmas cards. But her stuff is very addictive to look at!
Dec. 15th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
Johnathan E? Does he play Rollerball?

Woodrow is one of the few people who could pull off that paper hat.
Dec. 15th, 2009 10:04 am (UTC)
Too true!
Dec. 17th, 2009 11:29 am (UTC)
I love the felt Serge!
I'm drawing a short comic book about Serge Gainsbourg (taking a break from the Carter Family momentarily), and will probably submit a drawing of him to the blog soon...

Can't wait to see that movie!
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