Thursday, 19 November 2009

Off Up North...

I packed my bags again on Tuesday, but I've not earned another holiday quite yet: I am spending 4 days working in Durham, as part of the Northern Children's Book Festival.

I really enjoy the social element of the NCBF: instead of a lonely hotel room somewhere, a meal for one with a book, followed by sitting on the bed to watch rubbish TV (pause to wipe a tear...), all the authors and illustrators at the NCBF are put up in the same hotel. It's so lovely meeting new people, and each evening we get to have dinner together.

We're shipped out every morning to a different area in the region, to work in various libraries or schools, before being dropped back again at the end of the day.

I took the train up on Tuesday afternoon and started my visits in Hartlepool on Wednesday, then Durham today, S. Tyneside on Friday. I'll be up there until Saturday night though, because Saturday is a wee bit special: a climax to the festival called Gala Day.

There is a big Gala Dinner the night before in Stockton, with everyone involved, then we all strut our stuff the following day. I will be doing events with Julia Jarman on Gala Day. We've done this several times now, and it's always good fun and rather mad. We had a great time together in Edinburgh.

I'll report back next week, hopefully with some photos. In the meantime, these sketches were done on Monday, on my way to and from Lisburne School in Stockport. Hello to everyone there and thanks for inviting me to visit. It was lovely meeting you all!


Jill said...

I can never think of anything original to say as I am always so impressed by your train portraits - I particularly like the lady doing sudoku.

Maureen said...

Wow! Who needs a camera when you can draw like this. The man with the sad thought made me tear up a little bit. Exquisite.
I couldn't draw a straight line to save my life so I'm in complete awe of artists like yourself. Looking forward to your next post.

Nikira said...

I am also amazed by your train drawings, it seems so easy, but so mach character, very interesting to look at.

Lynne Chapman said...

Thank you so much!

Felicity said...

Lynne, would you mind if I nominate your blog for the award of Travels with a Sketchbook on Making a Mark?

Lynne Chapman said...

Mind? I would be TOTALLY honoured! How lovely, thank you.

And thank you too for introducing me to the site.