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Five Interesting Titbits for Illustrator Types

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Here we are, January nearly finished already! I am illustrating a big book of Fairy Tales for the very young at the moment, being a bit of a hermit. I can't wait to show you how it's looking, but have to keep it under wraps for now... anyway, here are my five interesting titbits for illustrator types:

1. Did you catch these gems on BBC iplayer? Raymond Briggs: Snowmen, Bogeymen and Milkmen and Ethel and Ernest.  There are only six days left to watch, so be quick.

2. We got this beautiful book for Christmas: Robert the Bruce, text by James Robertson and wonderful illustrations by Jill Calder. There is a great blog post with an interview with Jill Calder here.

Robert the Bruce, illustrated by Jill calder.

Robert the Bruce, illustrated by Jill calder.

3. Are you going to The Bologna Children's Book Fair this year? It is a great place to get an inside look at the world of children's book publishing. We (my partner, Gerry Turley and I) were there last year and enjoyed this event celebrating the 65th anniversary of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book Award. You can see us in the audience if you look closely. This year we won't be there, but would have loved to see this: Fifty Years Of Illustrators

Gerry and I far right, me in my specs, G with the dashing white hair.

Gerry and I far right, me in my specs, G with the dashing white hair.

4. My podcast choice this month is this episode of Creative Playdate: Four Starts with an F for a Reason with Tom and Amanda Froese. They talk about Tom's illustration career, and the highs and lows of working from home with small children. Also, I have spoken about this before I am sure, but I find this book on audible very inspiring: On Writing by Stephens King.

5. Pictures and words can change the world: here's how to help save whales. Join in with Nicola Davies campaign #waveofwhales by sending your pictures and poems of whales and sending them to the Japanese Ambassador in London.