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death by chocolate

I didn't have to go looking for chocolates today; they arrived early in the morning with American house guest named Yoko.

I woke up to an e-mail saying there was a picture book conference today at Goldsmiths college, featuring illustrator Elizabeth Harbour, who got me started on the whole thing with her illustration evening classes at Central Saint Martins eight years ago. Her class was so good that I took it four times in a row. She was nice enough to change it a little bit each time so I wouldn't feel like I was repeating things too much. I hadn't seen her for at least six years, so I dashed off there and had a quick little reunion, which was great, although I would have liked to have kidnapped her for a whole afternoon of chatting. She signed a copy of her latest book for me, Puppy Love. Ben Cort also signed a copy of his Aliens Love Underpants. Then I ran off to have lunch on the South Bank with Candy Gourlay and Bridget Strevens. And at last I got to meet Manuela Pentagelo (manuelap)! I felt like I'd known her for ages because we've done so many illustration challenges together (such as Lunch with Hubert) and general plotting, but we'd never actually met. So that was very exciting. Bridget had to run off, but here's a picture of Manuela, Candy and me in the Royal Festival Hall. (It's kind of blurry, that's why I made it so small.)


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Feb. 16th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
Another great illo
The perspective on your floorboards might be slightly off, but I'm not going to quibble about it. You're illustrations continue to wow me.
Feb. 17th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Another great illo
Ha ha, you're right. Except maybe that's why she fell over, because the floorboards were so slanty. We only THINK it was the chocolate that did her in. But one should never assume! ;-D
Feb. 16th, 2008 07:32 am (UTC)
I'm glad you decided to leave the chocolate coloured vomit trail 'out of shot'.

You and Manuela in the same place! Worlds collide!
Feb. 17th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
I know, isn't that like the best thing ever! :-D (I mean, meeting Manuela, not the vomit trail.)
Feb. 17th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
huh, you didn't mention the chocolates when we had lunch! why didn't you bring them along? it was great to see you.
Feb. 17th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, we only had the chocolate fest when I got home again! :-D It was great to see you, too!!! xxx
Feb. 17th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
sigh. anonymous was me, candy. when am i ever going to remember my livejournal password?
Feb. 17th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
A ha ha ha, I thought your were Manuela! Except now I remember she doesn't laugh like huh huh, she laughs hihihi. But it was great to see you as well!!! ;-D xxx
Feb. 18th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
And now I cried out loud laughing like
I'm back home! I just saw the picture!

Love meet you both! And I'm glad choccolate where not there argh in this case!

Ciao Candy ciao Sarah!
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