Their whole family is artistic, their brother was there and teaches Foundation at the Royal College of Arts. Sara Fanelli sat near me, and I embarrassingly didn't recognise her for half the dinner, just thinking she looked vaguely familiar and maybe I'd run into her at Magma or something. I even went to a lecture she gave once at the RCA, but she was so far away and in such a blinding spotlight that I never really figured out what she looked like! Anyway, it was really nice to see her again, and she said she was planning to give a talk at Camberwell this year. Maybe I can sneak in and listen.
I wrote a review of the event for WriteAway and I was also supposed to take a photo, but the champagne was too nice and I totally forgot about my camera ...oh no! So I made this drawing, hoping it will be an okay substitute. Have a look at Helen's book if you get the chance. She's used her in-depth flora and fauna knowledge but isn't bound by it; everything's set on an alien planet, so she can do what she likes! It's really lovely.
Random Radio 4 snippet just overheard: 'How does one dress in a modern Welsh restaurant?' (I have no idea.)