It's your chance to get your mitts on genuine works of art by some of Britain's best-loved authors and illustrators including Quentin Blake, Nick Sharrat and National Treasure James Mayhew
Book Aid asked a selection of Britain’s best known authors and illustrators to do one of the hardest things a writer or artist can ever do – sit down in front of a blank piece of paper, and produce something wonderful. They were given just a one-word brief: “Journeys”
As a special tea time treat here are a few words from one of the illustrators involved in this inspirational project James Mayhew ...
How did you get involved with Book Aid?They contacted me and asked if I would support them with a scribble. Of course I said YES. I know of their work, which I think is brilliant, important and not widely appreciated enough. Only through literacy and education will the situation in Africa improve long term.
I love old steam trains. I lived near a railway as a very young child and used t watch the Flying Scotsman (the original steam one; I'm VERY old!). My scribble is actually based on the train in Turner's painting Rain, Steam and Speed, which also featured in my book Katie & The British Artists. The theme for all scribblers was Journeys. This is my take on that theme.
Which book did you borrow from the library most frequently as a child?
It might have been Where The Wild Things Are, as I adored it but never owned it as a child. However, I suspect it was a corny old film tie-in book of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Or a book of trains (obviously!)
I'm in LOVE with Hannah Firmin's gorgeous print!
Read James Mayhews marvellous blog here!!!
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Book Aid International increases access to books and supports literacy, education and development in sub-Saharan Africa. We provided 516,138 new books to over 2,000 libraries last year alone and have sent more than 30 million books to partner libraries since 1954. Find out more by visiting their website