- Laughter for volunteers as an icebreaker/ welcome session.
- Chillout sessions for volunteers during the week.
- Primary school games sessions in the Waterstones Hideaway.
- Event managing visiting authors/illustrators at St Andrew's Church on Saturday 5th October. (I'm not going to do a separate blog about that but it was brilliant and included a bath bomb demo from Lush and honey sandwiches for Winnie the Pooh!)
But on Saturday 12th, I had a day off, so I had my face painted and attended children's literature events (soooo much more lively than the adult ones!). Two were by Sarah McIntyre: this pic is from her bookmaking workshop. Her Festival blog narrates the workshop in the middle section (and features some of my pencil drawings in the Comics Jam section, can anyone guess which?).
Below the pic is my diary of the day, via that tempting Read More button...
I had loads of fun today! I wasn't working for the Festival so I attended as a punter! Gatecrashed an event about codebreaking by H.L Dennis at the Queen's Hotel and had a chat to Marjorie, Sally and the volunteers. It was a terrific event with imaginative props: a "labelcloth": when fabric was placed over a tablecloth it had holes revealing letters showing a message; a postcard with tiny holes in - when held to the light the dots were under letters to spell a message; a rope cipher where ribbon tags were held up against an alphabet banner and a long strip around a poster tube that aligned into a message! Fab!
The other event I waltzed into was about monsters and a young Captain Nemo, presented by an expressive and friendly ex-teacher called Jon Mayhew. Great fun!
I also went to Sarah McIntyre's events, which I'd been reeeeeeeeally looking forward to as I admire her work so much. The first was joint with Philip Reeve about their collaborative piece 'Oliver & the Seawigs' - so much fun and silliness and shared inspiration!
The second was a two-hour workshop to make a picture book. As well as lots of tips about design, Sarah encouraged us to FINISH the book within the time, which I found immensely rewarding. I actually created an entire narrative around Odd Socktopus for the first time ever! So inspiring! I asked Sarah to write a positive quotation on the back cover and she was genuinely positive about my story - yippee! I liked her advice to keep the story simple, that definitely helped it get finished! Although I was a bit starstruck I was super happy I went along, it sowed valuable seeds!
The style of flowers on my face reminds me a little of canalware, where simple strokes compose the majority of the design, augmented by strategic lines/ highlights. I also feel I suit having leaves on my face (or perhaps that I'd be happy with green skin, like a Teenage Mutant Hero Turtle).
Midnight: time to test the survival instincts of my facepaint when plumped against The Pillow... he he!
Sun 13th Oct
Continued yesterday's juvenile theme by attending Rainbow Fairies at the Parabola Arts Centre - with my facepaint intact as I only slept on my left side last night - dedicated!