Last night Edinburgh's illustration community gathered to spend an evening with Oliver Jeffers, who is on a tour with Sam Winston promoting their book; 'A Child of Books' and author Eoin Colfer with whom he collaborated to create 'Imaginary Fred'. These three warm, humorous, talented, Irish men were interviewed by author and co-founder of Picture Hooks, Vivian French.
(Above)From left to right Vivian French, Sam Winston, Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers.
"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."
Muriel Rukeyser, 'The speed of darkness.' 1968
What message did they give to the hungry audience? Well their message was as ever a collection of stories, their stories? Stories of gluing cornflakes to the wall, of transatlantic collaboration, of impossible rescues of kites, the danger of flying chairs and the treacherous honesty of children.
For illustrators and authors, the message was clear be true to yourself and love what you do, without a care for others opinions.
(Below) My friend Lucie Mouchova, my daughter Freya, Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston.
Thank you to Blackwells for hosting this event.