Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Writers in Residence at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Our sessions at Shawlands Academy as Writers in Residence at the Edinburgh International Book Festival got off to a good start this week. The pupils have already created fantastic fairy tale raps with Dave Hook​ and now they're beginning to transform them into comics. Our mission is to get them to complete four stories by the end of November! We especially like the Pinocchio comic which already looks amazing.

Pinocchio comic in progress

Friday, 23 October 2015

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

    Had a great time at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival launching our new graphic novel The Red Shoes and Other Tales. In fact we were so busy we completely forgot to take pictures! Jeremy Briggs was kind enough to send us photos he took throughout the weekend. 
    'Shiny New Red Shoes' launch talk chaired by Melanie Gibson
    One of our three Family Zone events at the
    Westmorland Shopping Centre
    Thanks to Melanie Gibson for being such a fantastic chairperson, to Page 45 for their support in launching the book and to the incredible festival team for making the weekend such a success and looking after everyone so well. 
    At the Page 45 book stall...
    We only managed to go and see the Steve Bell talk which was packed, but wished we could have gone to more events. It was great meeting and catching with Bryan and Mary TalbotSimon GrennanNicola Streeten, Corinne Pearlman of Myriad, Darryl CunninghamSarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve who stayed with us at the amazing Ash Meadows guest house, Chris Pitzer over from the US, John FreemanBenoit PeetersGary Erskine and Mhairi StewartPaul GravettJohn McShane, Stref, Bill Morrison of The Simpsons, Matthew Gibbs (thanks for the books!), Stephane Beaujean and so many other great people.
    Steve Bell talk
    In other news, we are afraid that the winners of the festival's "Draw a Ballerina" competition have been cursed: brother and sister Alec and Nicky Anderson won a copy of The Red Shoes and Other Tales graphic novel and a pair of red ballet shoes.
    The prize for the 'Draw a Ballerina' competition
    However, their mum Sofi Croft, author of YA books, sent us these pictures. It seems the shoes have come to life and her daughter can't stop dancing.
    The Red Shoes have come to life!
    She can't stop dancing! A curse?
    Nicky Anderson's drawing
    Alec Anderson's drawing

Friday, 9 October 2015

Red Shoes Launch at The Lakes Festival

    So excited! Next week is the official launch of our new graphic novel THE RED SHOES AND OTHER TALES at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival co-launching with Page 45!

    Our main talk SHINY NEW RED SHOES is on Saturday 17th at The Clock Tower and is chaired by Melanie Gibson - we'll be signing copies afterwards. Published by Papercutz the book is a beautiful quarter-bound volume.

    We are also doing 3 children's events at the Westmorland Shopping Centre on Saturday and Sunday.

    We won't have our own table during the festival as we have so many events on, and the book will be available all weekend at the PAGE 45 table in The Clock Tower's Georgian Room.

    To book tickets to see our Saturday talk go the festival's website:

    We've been looking forward to the festival for ages! There're lots of other great talks and events, so if you're in the area, do attend. It's family friendly, with lots of workshops, talks and exhibition, as well as publishers and artists with tables selling their books, and if you want to see 3 talks, you get an extra ticket for free! Children's events are free too.

Islay Book Festival

    Had a great time at the Islay Book Festival last weekend, where we did two events for children and families. It was enjoyable to spend time with all the other authors and see some of their talks: Vivian French (pictured here far left, with ourselves, and Violet and Jean, two of the organisers) Simon Puttock, Caroline Clough, Christopher Brookmyre, RJ Mitchell, Shirley MacKay and Andrew Crummy. We also managed to find time to explore some of the island.
    Islay Book Festival was celebrating its 10th anniversary - it's a great festival with a relaxed atmosphere, and the organisers look after the authors really well. It almost felt like a holiday!