No, I'm not up for it this year (boo hoo), but I was invited to run some workshops in Stockport Art Gallery and Central Library, to help celebrate the new shortlist and add to the excitement of the award.
I had two-hour long sessions, so we were really able to get stuck in. I did my usual talk, comparing my initial sketches to the finished book etc, then everyone created big, long drawings of dragons chasing all manner of animals.
The step-by-step demonstrations of how to create certain effects, like speed and emotion, have proved a real winner.
Both children and grown-ups (well done guys!) all worked really hard and enthusiastically, and I think everyone was genuinely excited by what they achieved.
I was especially glad it was such a successful and fun day, as I had terrible trouble getting there in the morning. There was a freight train stuck on the line between Sheffield and Stockport, so all the trains were cancelled! I had to go to Leeds, then to Manchester, then finally to Stockport. At least I got lots and lots of train drawing done!
You can see some more in the Picture Gallery.