Well Lorks-a-Lordy - I have been "up north" ...
Can you imagine? I never thought I'd see the day, but do you know what - I had a smashing time.
I arrived first thing to be collected in a horse and carriage by none other than Scribble Maniac Sir Christopher Mould - Always nice to see a friendly face and he even treated me to a fine cup of northern tea before a whirlwind tour of his fabulous studio, set in the regal surroundings of Dean Clough - He's a very talented chap indeed, it was smashing to stick my nose in his sketch books and have a good rummage in his draws.
|The MASTER at work...|
|Image (c) Chris Mould|
|Images (c) Chris Mould|
From Leeds I hot-footed it across town to Huddersfield where I met with the ever so charming Simon Bartram - What a lovely lovely chap - utterly delightful.
He's been busy working away on the latest Bob picture book which sounds fan-bloomin-tastic!
I had a sniff through his sketch books and looked at all his old comics.
I do believe I fell in love with him at first sight and as you can see from the picture below
I think he felt the same ; )
I was then lucky enough to watch his event where he entertained a room full of librarians who sat open mouthed and aghast as Simon explained that some of his individual painting for the Bob books take up to 5 WEEKS! He is a craftsman if ever I met one. He also tried to convert them to his first love Football ..but to no avail.
Well what a sterling day - I'd love to go back sometime - I hear that Seven Stories is worth a visit. I might even treat Mr Mould and Mr Bartram to a pint of fine ale to say thank you for such a wonderful trip (I shall have a small Babycham..with a straw!)