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it's all about bologna book fair!

Hello! If you haven't yet worked it out from Twitter, the Bologna Book Fair is rumbling along right now, as I type! It's the biggest children's book event of the year, when more people than you can count all gather to buy and sell foreign rights to publish every picture book you can imagine. I went one year, the fair was amazing, and so was the GELATO. Publicist Nina Douglas and I were too busy to go this year, but we were feeling a bit sorry for ourselves, so made our way to sunny Soho and had a quick moment of make-believe at Amorino:

The book fair hasn't designated a hashtag on Twitter for everyone to follow, so people are all over the Internet. You can click on #BolognaBookFair, #Bologna2012, #BBF2012 and even #BBF12 to see moment-by-moment what's going on.

And we at the Fleece Station studio are represented! Walker Books has a taster brochure for Gary Northfield's upcoming comic-strip story TEENYTINYSAURS. I've been watching him work on it and oo-ing and ah-ing, it is amazing. Go ask about the rights, people at Bologna!

Just as all this has been going on, we got a lovely e-mail from some Portsmouth University students - Ryan McBride, Matthew Freeman Carter, Mitchell Jackson, Dale Bennett and Steven Ellis at 32RunProduction - with a video they'd made about our studio! So presenting... The Fleece Station, the Movie!

YouTube link

And look! Here's a little teaser for my next picture book! I don't know how much I'm allowed to say yet, but this image is in Scholastic UK's Bologna rights guide brochure, so I think I'm allowed to post it:

Back to the lovely TEENYTINYSAURS...

And good friend of the Fleece Station, Philip Reeve, also has a very exciting book just out with Scholastic UK! I've read GOBLINS and it is brilliant. Martin Chilton at The Telegraph thinks so, too! Here's his rave review...

And back to gelato, what everyone's really thinking about in Bologna. Now it's back to the drawing desk for me, to crack on with that picture book! Ooh, the deadline's not far off now...


Mar. 20th, 2012 08:45 am (UTC)
OOOF I'm so jealous of the Fleece Station. I've been trying to talk some of my fellow writers into going in on something like this, but we're writers, so we're a) antisocial and b) lazy.

- Anne
Mar. 20th, 2012 09:48 am (UTC)
Aw! I was like that for ages, I so badly wanted to be part of a studio, but I just couldn't really picture going about it, I thought it would be way too complicated and expensive. But a friend of mine, Woodrow, laid down the facts: he said, all you need to do is find a room somewhere, maybe even someone will have an extra room in their house, and split the cost with a couple other people, and there you have it: a studio. But it was getting involved in a big project - the DFC - that let me come into contact with a large enough pool of similarly creative people for there to be a chance that one of them might be interested and local.

So I guess, if you really do want a studio, getting involved in some sort of big group writing project might be a way of scoping out who might be up for it. An anthology, SCBWI, a writers critique group, perhaps. Or not even writers, you might go looking to share with some illustrators; there are probably more illustrators looking for studio mates than writers, but there's no reason you couldn't work side by side. Yeah, writing can be a much more solitary activity than illustrating. Sometimes if one of us is writing, we'll do that part at home.

Good luck with it! Maybe look outside the writing pack, I do hope you find something.


Sarah McIntyre

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