Colouring in

The first box of Crayola crayons came in a box of eight colours and sold for a nickel in 1903. Now there are more than 120 crayon colours, and over 5 billion crayons are produced each year.

A little fact we thought tied nicely in with the grand announcement of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Shortlist.  We’re super-lucky this year, as we’ve got two of these star illustrators coming to chat with Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne, who has won the award twice himself.  This breakfast session will follow in the footsteps of Shaun Tan, who so brilliantly reminded us at last year’s fest that picture books are for all ages.  So sit back, sip delicious free coffee (or squash, depending on your penchant) and watch Grahame Baker Smith and Viviane Schwarz draw and discuss illustration.

Actually we’re having a bit of a big up for illustrators this year and not just the pros.  The House of Illustration’s genius What Are You Like? exhibition is taking up home in the Hay Fever Space.  Lots of famous folk have been brought together and asked to describe themselves with images of their favourite things (e.g chocolate, bike rides, Leo Tolstoy).  Each one of them took a different approach and we’re purposefully not going to label them, so you can play ‘Guess who drew…’ and discover the famous faces behind these unique portraits.  Then it’s over to you to create your very own self-portrait for the public gallery in the Good Goody Gumdrops Cafe.

Plus keep an eye out for all these other talented illustrators appearing at the fest this year – we’ll be sure to come back to a few in future posts, promise.

Quentin Blake (our official illustrator for 2010), Ben Cort, Andi Watson, Sam Lloyd, Nick Sharratt, Jim Downer, Nicola Killen, Anthony Browne, Martin Rowson, Simon Bartram, Ian Culbard, Korky Paul, Garen Ewing and Karen Wall.

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