Monday, 7 September 2015

Writers in Residence at Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Edinburgh International Book Festival may be finished, but our residency at the festival was just beginning today. Over the next few months, with hip-hop artist Dave Hook of Stanley Odd fame, we'll be working with pupils at Shawlands Academy, to help them create comics and rap songs based on fairy tales and folk stories. After our first, joint session today, Dave will be go on to work with the group focusing on stories and rap. While we concentrate on the graphic storytelling and design aspects. The whole project will culminate at the end of January in a Burns Night celebration at the Glad Café. A massive thank you to the Edinburgh Book Festival team, in particular to Catherine Campbell who is overseeing the project. It's going to be an exciting few months and we look forward to seeing the work the pupils create. In fact they already produced some fantastic drawings today!

Pictured: Mrs Kirk, teacher at Shawlands Academy, John and Sandra (that's us,
Metaphrog), Dave Hook, and Catherine Campbell.

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015

We had a great time at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015. 

Our new graphic novel, The Red Shoes and Other Tales, premiered with gold stamped exclusive advance edition copies. The book isn't officially out until October 13th in the US and November 1st in the UK.

Gala Day, the final day of the festival is open to schools only and saw us deliver a talk to over 80 children. 

The festival may be finished now but for us as Writers in Residence at the festival, it's all just beginning: for the next few months, we'll be working with hip-hop artist Dave Hook at a Glasgow school to help pupils create fairy tale comics.