Friday, 21 January 2011

Hay Sheep

Wow! So much news!

As 2011 gets going, things are starting to get exciting! There is so much to look forward to ...

I'll be doing a number of Library visits in support of Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries to support the campaign against the 43% cuts to the Library service. See for further info and PLEASE sign the petition!

If you want to come along and join in my kids events at Hester's Way in Cheltenham (Morning approx 10:30am - 11:30pm) and Stroud Library (Afternoon from around 2:00pm) I'll be helping to make "Why I love the Library" posters. Come along and design a fab, colourful poster.

I've got events already confirmed at a number of Schools during World Book Day week and if you are a school and would like me to visit around that time, I do have days available at the moment for the week after (7th March onwards). Please book soon!

I've also got events planned for Birmingham Young Readers in May as well as two book events at HAY FESTIVAL on the 28th of May.

This year I am the official illustrator for Hay Festival and I've been working on some rather sheepy designs for the programme! See my next post.

I will also be appearing at Bath Kids Lit Fest in the autumn.

Book wise, ERROLL has been shortlisted for the Portsmouth Children's book prize.
It's always great to be on a prize shortlist that is voted for by children. I face some stiff competition from the likes of Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks, Angela McAllister & Alex T. Smith and Charlotte Middleton.

If any teachers would like to arrange for pupils to write to me, they can request my address by email : I always love to hear from young readers and artists.

Books being published 2011:

The Grizzly Bear with Frizzly Hair by Sean Taylor(Frances Lincoln, Spring 2011)

The Great Cat Conspiracy by Katie Davies (Simon and Schuster, Spring 2011)
Max and Molly's Guide to Trouble: How to Catch a Criminal by Dominic Barker (Orchard, Spring 2011)
Casper Candlewacks in Death By Pigeon by Ivan Brett (Harper Collins, Late Spring 2011)

Last but not least -School For Bandits (Random House, August 2011)

Finally, I'm designing a NEW look website, which should be completed before the spring.
Check for updates. The new site should be more compatible with iphones and easier to navigate.

Now... here's some lovely Hay Fever sheep as promised.