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1. Stop Sticking, Stan!

I received the first copy of my next book Stop Sticking, Stan! a few days ago.  There is a free sheet of stickers in the back of each book - they match the stickers that Stan plays havoc with….I have been finding it very hard to resist tearing them out and sticking them everywhere.  I think the book is a little more autobiographical than I realised!

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2. More Handmade Christmas Cards!

Here are some bears in hats!

I will be selling my handmade cards at Cambridge Christmas 2013.  This event is on the 25th November at the Unitarian Church Hall in Cambridge from 1pm to 8.30pm.  For more details click here.

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3. Some new handmade Christmas cards...

It's less than a month away to this year's Cambridge Christmas event so I have started to make some new cards.  Here are dogs in hats!

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4. My Agent's New Website

My agent, Elizabeth Roy, has just launched a new website which you can see here.  Each illustrator can mange their own content so we can refresh our images as often as we want. See my page here!

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5. Some snakes!

Here are a few action shots from my recent library event.  20 children drew dogs, penguins and made pop-up snakes.  I really enjoyed the event as everyone really got involved - and the feedback from parents was great!  Thanks to everyone who attended and to all the library staff for making me feel so welcome.

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6. Pop-up Snake!

I will be at Cherry Hinton Library tomorrow morning between 10.30-11.30am reading stories and making pop-up snakes! It's a free event for ages 3-5 but places need to be booked. This is my demonstration snake - I'm sure there will be some much better ones made tomorrow!

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7. New Animal Board Books!

I have just received the first advance copies of my Animal Opposites and Animal Noises board books.  They will be out in September!

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8. Co-editions

This is how Animal Colours looks in Finnish!

And here's a couple of familiar looking Penguins.....

Tom und Timmi (aka Fluff and Billy) is being published by ArsEdition in Germany in September!  See their website for more details including a chance to see inside...

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9. World Penguin Day!

The man on the radio has just announced it's World Penguin Day so.....

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10. Exciting times!

While I was away last week I had an exciting tip-off from my friend Anna....my book I Got a Crocodile was read by Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Damian Lewis on the CBeebies Bedtime Stories slot on Thursday evening!  I've taken a few screenshots to prove to myself that I'm not imagining the whole thing!  It's still available on the i-player for a couple of days: if you're in the UK and want to watch click here.

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11. I've been away....

I've just got back from a short break in Cornwall.  While I was there I did a little bit of drawing as well as walking up and down lots of beaches.  It was REALLY windy so quite hard to draw outside so the second two were done hanging out of windows. It was also the first time I'd used my little travel set of watercolours for a long, long time (you'll notice I'm getting the excuses in early) so it's now chock-full of sand!

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12. I Got a Crocodile at Children's Heffers

I will be at Children's Heffers bookshop in Cambridge next Thursday evening along with some other Cambridge School of Art MA graduates and their new books: Marta Altes, Elys Dolan and Courtney Dicmas.  Please come along and say hello!
Big thanks to Courtney for putting together the invitation!

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13. I Got a Crocodile!

Tomorrow is the publication date of my new book 'I Got a Crocodile!' (Simon & Schuster).  It seems like the publication date has come round very quickly since I finished the book, but the original idea goes back to when I was on the MA course at Cambridge five years ago!

The characters are still the same as they were all those years ago!  Here's a picture of my graduation exhibition:

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14. Sheffield Baby Book Awards

At the end of November I attended the Sheffield Children's Book Awards.  Fluff and Billy was shortlisted for the Baby Book Award - it didn't win but I had a lovely morning meeting some of the other authors and the library staff from Sheffield.  Lots of local school children, toddlers, babies and parents had been invited along for the morning too as they had voted for the awards!  Thanks for everyone involved for such a great day and big congratulations to Camilla Reid who won the Baby Book Award for Lulu's Lunch!

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15. An Animal Alphabet at Heffers Children's Bookshop

Here are a few pictures from last Saturday's Festival of Illustration event at Heffers which I did with Marion Lindsay (my studio buddy)!  We didn't get the whole way through the alphabet but we did get up to 'N' in the end!  Big thanks to all the staff at Children's Heffers and to all the participants - it was really fun!  You can see more pictures on Marion's blog.

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16. Fluff and BIlly Jigsaws!

Fluff and Billy is about to be published in Korea and to promote the book the publishers Gimm Young have produced these jigsaw puzzles.  The two designs come in a plastic wallet together - I was very excited to see my samples which arrived this morning!

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17. Today at the Fitzwilliam

I went drawing at the Fitzwilliam Museum this morning.  The exhibition The Search for Immortality comes to an end this Sunday and I really wanted to see it.  The exhibits that really caught my imagination were two jade burial suits.  Small pieces of jade were patchworked together to make them: on one it is all held together with ribbon and linen; on the other wire links all the pieces.  They looked amazing.

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18. Festival of Illustration

As part of the ongoing Festival of Illustration in Cambridge, myself and my studio buddy Marion Lindsay will be running a session at Heffers Children's Bookshop this Saturday from 11am - 1pm.  We're going to try and create an animal alphabet with the children who come along - it's not a tried and tested event but fingers crossed it will go well!

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19. Happy Birthday Dad!

It's my Dad's birthday today.  I've made him a card....don't worry, there's no danger of him seeing it as he never goes near a computer!  The dog is based on some drawings I did at Wood Green Animal Shelter a few years ago.

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20. Cambridge Folk Festival Drawings 2012

Here's a selection of drawings from my sketchbook which I took along to the folk festival this year.  I was struggling to get into my sketching until I went along to the festival drawing workshop run by Jim Butler and John Holder.  They suggested starting off with hats (you do see quite a selection) so I started straight away while watching King Charles at The Den and continued the next day too!

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21. Drawing in France

I've just returned from a week's holiday in the South of France.  I didn't do much drawing as I was too busy swimming in the sea and eating ice creams!  I did however find the time to sketch some of the beautiful buildings in the village we stayed in.  It's called Bidache and is in Le Pays Basques near the Pyrenees.
I also did one sketch on the flight home!

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22. Cambridge Christmas

I have mentioned this earlier in the year but now that it's actually October it doesn't seem quite so far away!  I will be selling cards, prints and books at an event which I have visited myself for several years.  There is always an amazing selection of beautiful work on show and it's a great source of Christmas presents!  To find out more details click here.

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23. Events this week

I will be talking about and drawing animals tomorrow at Willingham Library in Cambridgeshire from 10.30 -11.30.  There will then be a collaging session! This event is for children from ages 3 -6.

I will also be reading Not Me! and Fluff and Billy at Waterstones in Cambridge on Thursday 1st November at 10.40am as part of Stories for Smiles.  For more information click here.

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24. New Banner!

I thought it was time to update my banner so here it is!  It features the Crocodile from my picturebook I Got a Crocodile which will be out next spring and is published by Simon and Schuster.  I hope you like him!

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25. New Handmade Christmas Cards

I can't believe it but it's only two and a half weeks until Cambridge Christmas 2012.  I have been busy making some new handmade cards to sell there.  I've made lots of other cards too and will also be selling some artwork, mugs and books.

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