It’s been quite a long time since I sat down to write a blog… I’ve had almost no internet access for a very long time, and it’s still very intermittent and unreliable, as I’ve been living the secluded hermit life and writing my novel. Very absorbing work indeed. Today, however, I’ve managed to find my way into a café with wifi to have a hot chocolate and write this quick update… forgive me if it isn’t particularly coherent! …there’s so much to say but I’ll try keep it as brief as I can because my hot chocolate is almost gone…;-)
Following my last post about my soon to be published debut novel ‘The Colour Black’…I think that after a roller-coaster ride of experiencing episodes of traumatising and stressful writers block followed by sudden sustained outbursts of inspiration, whilst I still have so much to do, I’d say I’m on the final stretch of the writing part of the book. Then there’s still the visual part to work on. So I really need to knuckle down.
The ‘Making Waves’ exhibition mentioned in my previous blog was so much fun! We should be holding another in December…but I’ll keep you posted as soon as I know more details.
…in the meantime, however, it looks like I’ll be exhibiting a few art pieces at next Friday’s London Surf/Film Festival. This will once again be with the wonderful Happy Gallery Collective, which means that 50% of all sales will go to Surfers Against Sewage!
More and more teachers have been writing to me to tell me about how they are using my picture books and art in their lessons, and that makes me very happy! Thank you to all of you who have written to me to let me know, I really love finding out about all the different ways in which the kids engage in the stories! I have also received some really exciting requests for school visits and workshops, which I really can’t wait to do!
The printed versions of The Silent Books are still currently out of stock unfortunately. I hope to get round to printing them again soon, but because they are self-published I have to first raise enough money to invest into getting them printed. Fingers crossed that will be soon!:) In the meantime, of course, ‘The Black Hat’ is available to purchase as an ebook here.
And finally…last but definitely not least…last winter I was delighted to be commissioned by the author Robert Young to work on his picture book about Christmas: ‘One Star Hotel’. 41 illustrations and a few months later and the visual part of the book was complete. And now, a few more months later, the book has been published and is now available to purchase. It was a lot of fun to work with Robert on this! Here’s a snippet illustration from the book:
Ok…phew! Now that was a lot of updating…but I think that just about covers everything… Think it’s time to take my last sip of the hot chocolate and then get back to writing that novel! Wish me luck!:)
Lots of love,