Monday, 22 June 2009

Edinburgh Festival

Some good news - the programme for the Edinburgh Festival is finally published, so I can tell you what I'm up to, without getting my knuckles rapped!

I'm really excited, as I've not been invited to Edinburgh for several years and then suddenly I'm asked to do 3 different events at once!

I start on Weds August 19th at 10am, with a re-run of Hay's A Lark in the Ark storytelling, with Peter Bently in our snazzy T-shirts.

After lunch it's another joint event, with author Julia Jarman, reading Class Three All at Sea and Class Two at the Zoo, at 1.30pm. We did a similar event a while ago in Lichfield, which was hilarious. You can see some photos in the Picture Gallery.

I have the rest of that day free to visit other events. I rather fancy a talk by Neil Gaiman, as I love his wonderfully dark work, and Gerald Scarfe is a must.

Next morning, on Thursday 20th at 10am, I am doing a storytelling on my own (though I will be kept company by Stinky! the baby warthog and his swarm of flies). There will of course be all the usual silliness, plus smelly songs and pongy drawings.

All my events are suitable for 4 - 8 yrs and cost £4. Tickets go on sale today. If you want to book a place visit the festival site or call 0845 373 5888.

By happy coincidence, my good friend Lydia Monks, also based in Sheffield, is doing events on the same days, reading her new book Eeeek, Mouse! (sequel to the wonderful Aaaarrggh, Spider!), so we will be able to travel together.


granny grimble said...

That sounds so much fun Lynne. I hope the sun shines while you are there it makes everything so much nicer. I envy you going to see Gerald Scarfe , I love his work.
It's great that you have a travelling companion in your friend Lydia, the only drawback is that we won't get any 'people on the train' sketches!

Jacqueline Hudon-Verrelli said...

How exciting! I'm moving to Edinburgh at the end of July so I'll be there for the Festival. Unless I actually find a job and have to work that day, I'll be sure to check out your talk.

Sweet Pea said...

Aww, I would have loved to have seen you. We will be in Edinburgh for July but have to head back to Montreal before the festival - shame :(
Hopefully, we can see you there another year. I used to work at the Edinburgh Book Festival many years ago. Illustrating childrens books was still a faraway dream at the time, and the closest I got to illustration, was working in the childrens tent and wearing a Kipper the dog costume (Mick Inkpen)- loved it all!

Damian Harvey said...

That sound great Lynne. And it will be good if you get chance to see other folk's sessions too - it's always interesting to see what other people do.

Lynne Chapman said...

Be lovely to see you Jacqueline!

Rather you than me Sweet Pea - those costumes always look SO hot and uncomfortable, I can't imagine what it was like in August! Enjoy Montreal!

Carolina said...

Your work is very good. I can get the good humor that you have trough your drawings. I'll try to do some kids illustration but I think I am not an imaginative person, it's so hard for me to figure out something!!...sometimes I think my environment has a lot to do with my inspiration because when I am in a pleasant or full of art place my heart and my mind fills with joy and ideas, the problem is that usually I am not in a pleasant environment. Does this happen to you too?...well, I don't think so because you can draw even in the train...You are a designer aren't you?
Well, I'm so glad that I found your blog.
Best regards for you and keep working!

Lynne Chapman said...

Thanks Carolina! Unpleasant environments can be inspiring too, though it depends in what way of course. Bland is the worst of all.

I find that when I need inspiration and it's not close at hand, I look at other people's work. I can recommend a fantastic book for getting your creative juices bubbling: check out this earlier post: