It was worth braving rain, wind and floods to get to the SCBWI Mass Book Launch party last Saturday evening. I so nearly didn't make it. It was a great party, held in Winchester Guildhall. Here are some friends: Candy Gourlay taking the photos,
Anne-Marie Perks organising the illustrators exhibition
John Shelly launching his latest book Halloween Forest - with its wonderfully bold and haunting images.
Then there was the bookshop P&G Wells Ltd. The owner of this brilliant Independent bookshop is David Simpkin, (not in this photo) who was taught by my father, Paul Coltman at Steyning Grammar. David told me that, while he was at Steyning Grammar, he won the Ted Walker Poetry prize. Ted Walker was also taught by my father and they remained close friends for many years.
The book I was launching was Zoe's Boat. There's a piece about it's graphic form inLin Oliver was the host at the actual Book Launch. She made it all a lot of fun, getting each participating author and illustrator describe their book in just three words. That really put us all on the spot. I came up with 'feisty, girl, adventure' for Zoe's Boat.