Drawing Europe Together on German Radio

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If you understand German, Friedbert Meurer at Deutschlandfunk radio has run a piece on Drawing Europe Together (with bits of English), talking with me, Axel Scheffler, Neal Layton and Patrick George. Listen to it here: https://srv.deutschlandradio.de/dlf-audiothek-audio-teilen.3265.de.html?mdm:audio_id=687661 Thanks to Sarah McIntyre for posting this link on Twitter.

Waterstones, Piccadilly housed an exhibition of all the art from the book.

Stars on Canvas Charity Auction

Stars on Canvas sponsored by The Crown Estate, is a charity art exhibition and auction of original pieces created by well known names from the worlds of art, illustration, sport, music and popular culture.

Stars on Canvas has been held every two years since 2008 and has raised more than £310,000 for national charity, Willow, in the ten years since its inception.

The online auction will go live on Thursday 15th November and will finish on Sunday 25th November. All canvases will start at 99p so happy bidding! The collection will also be shown at a public exhibition in London on 22-24th November. Venue to be announced.

There are LOTS to bid on! Below are canvases by me, Ellie Goulding, Frank Bruno, Collet Laughton, Deborah Batt, Axel Scheffler, Kim Haskins, Day-Z, Darcey Bussel and Elena Arevalo Melville.

For more info, visit www.starsoncanvas.org.uk/

Cheltenham Literature Festival

A few photos and tweets from the day.

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Manchester Literature Festival

Here are some photos and tweets from the day.

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US Tour: Headlining the 18th Annual ScholarShare Children's Book Festival at FairyTale Town

23 hour commute, 9,136 visitors, 6 thirty minute performances, 8 hours of signing, 5 mins on Good Day Sacramento, 4 large cups of Coke, 2 signing pens. One amazing opportunity to meet my readers at the 18th annual ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival at Fairytale Town. We sold out of Mr Pandas during my 2nd signing (sorry ‘bout that!). But it was AMAZING to sign (and totally deface) so many worn out, much-loved copies of Mr Panda*, and the brilliant Time Tested Books were very quick to produce ‘rain check’ vouchers and sticky bookplates for me to sign. Other highlights included meeting the other guest authors, eating a mighty tasty vegan Earth Burger and being shown Old Sacramento. Plus, I made two new friends (or 3, if you include my Humpty plush). Thank you Kathleen and Kathy and the rest of the FairyTale Town team for an unforgettable weekend. You took great care of this author. If only I could shake off this jet lag! x

*My Mr Panda books are published by Scholastic in the States andHachette Children's UK in the UK. 

Pandas, Monsters and Growing Up at Whitchurch Primary with Booklover Jo

Today I had the pleasure of visiting Whitchurch Primary School in Hertfordshire. Super school librarian and award-winning book blogger, Jo Clarke (AKA Book Lover Jo) had invited along to read some of my books to their pupils alongside pupils from Long Parrish Primary (who bussed their way to Whitchurch). It was a full house and the pupils were so prepped and engaged that they practically read along with me. I read Please Mr Panda (I can't not read this book); we journeyed through the detailed visuals of When I Grow Up; we met the Monster in the Hood; and I taught everyone how to draw Mr Panda by only using shapes and letters. They especially enjoyed listening to Monster in the Hood. Bookstore, P&G Wells, kindly attended with a piles of books. Here are some photos from the day courtesy of Jo and Dave from P&G Wells. Oh and if you're not already familiar with Jo's Clarke's book blog, I recommend you go check it out: https://bookloverjo.wordpress.com/

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TAIPEI AND KAOHSIUNG BOOK TOUR IN TAIWAN

Taipei and Kaohsiung Book Tour in Taiwan

Steve Antony will be touring with his Taiwanese publisher, CPL, this February. Steve will be holding several events at the Taipei International Book Exhibition 2018. 

Event: Story Time and Workshop
Date & Time: Feb 9th, 9:00-11:30AM
Place: Taipei European School

Event: Creative Sharing Session
Date & Time: Feb 9th, 2:40-3:30PM
Place: Taipei International Book Exhibition, The Theme Square in Hall 1 of the Taipei World Trade Centre
Host: Children's TV host and writer, Ching-Yen Liu

Event: Book Signing
Date & Time: Feb 9th, 3:45-4:15PM
Place: Taipei International Book Exhibition, CPL Booth, Hall 1, C720, Taipei World Trade Centre

Event: Lecture about Steve's themes and working process
Date & Time: Feb 9th, 7:30-9:00PM
Place: The Eslite Spectrum Taipei

Event: Book Signing
Date & Time: Feb 10th, 11:00-11:30AM
Place: Taipei International Book Exhibition, CPL Booth, Hall 1, C720, Taipei World Trade Centre

Event: Speech and Workshop
Date & Time: Feb 10th, 2:00-4:00PM
Place: National Central Library in Taipei

Event: Speech and Workshop
Date & Time: Feb 11th, 2:00-4:00PM
Place: Kaohsiung Public Library

Event: Speech and Workshop
Date & Time: Feb 11th, 7:00-8:30PM
Place: Little House Books in Kaohsiung

Painting a Pillar at Piccadilly's Waterstones

Below this photo is my frantic I-can't-do-this Twitter thread. 

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Window Scribbles and a Singalong at Alligator's Mouth, Richmond

Halloween Pandas, Drawing with Nicholas Allan, Oxfordshire Awards and More Events

I've fallen slightly behind with my blog, so here some tweets from the past few weeks which feature...

- my day at the Oxfordshire Awards Ceremony (where Please Mr Panda won Best Picture Book)

- drawing The World's Longest Landscape with Nicholas Allan at Dulwich Gallery for The Big Draw

- Halloween Mr Pandas!

- Thame Lit Fest, Gloucester Waterstones Event, and more

Beanstalk Fundraising Launch with GBBO winner Frances Quinn

Last week I launched my 9th author-illustrator picture book, The Queen's Present, at Waterstones' flagship in Piccadilly, London, and in the process raised enough cash for literacy charity, Beanstalk, to support four pupils for a whole year. It was a festive affair. There was mulled wine, mince pies and a fab turnout of lovely people, including friends, family, my publisher and agent, Beanstalk volunteers, fellow authors, booksellers, librarians and several curious customers. The icing on the cake was a delicious Christmas bake, by Great British Bake Off winner, Frances Quinn. It was very nice of Waterstones to allow us to take over the children's department. THANK YOU, Waterstones; and thank you to all who donated! Below are some tweets from the event.