Sunday, 26 February 2012
Quite coincidentally my grown up son happened to take my old copy of The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch off the shelf the last time he visited me. He said he remembered it was the food that had interested him when he was a little boy. Now, he could see it was more than just that; the Armitages concocted a wonderfully funny and original story around all that food - all good ingredients for a perennial book.
Saturday, 11 February 2012
The launch of What the Dickens was held at the House of Commons on 7 February – the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’s birth. It’s a programme to encourage creative writing in schools and an awareness of the importance of copyright.
At the launch, authors were asked to lobby MPs and voice their concerns about the proposal to expand free-use of copyrighted works in educational establishments.
Dickens would have approved of all this, having been a great campaigner for copyright himself. He met with a lot of hostility when he objected to his works being copied without his permission and without remuneration.
I like this edition of The Old Curiosity Shop because one of the illustrators is Cattermole, an ancestor of a next-door-neighbour of mine.
Thursday, 2 February 2012
Last week I went to the launch of a new book by Martin Salisbury and Morag Styles: Children's Picturebooks. The Art of Visual Story Telling at Heffers bookshop in Cambridge.
Here's Martin talking to his students
while Morag signs a copy of their book
and a next -generation- reader - or even author/illustrator sleeps on.
Children’s Picturebooks: The art of visual storytelling
By Martin Salisbury with Morag Styles
Published by Laurence King Publishing