Music in beauty and sorrow…an elegant memoir of life in China

The authors of ‘Little Leap Forward’ have kindly sent me some photos of their performance and reading at Liverpool Philharmonic for The Children’s Bookshow last Tuesday.  As you can see, Little Leap Forward is no longer so little and appears huge, loud and proud projected on to the back panel of the beautiful Art Deco stage there. I’m sure the 1,200 children in the audience loved every minute, especially as they all got to go home with a copy of the book itself.

The Children's Bookshow

Authors, Clare Farrow reading from Little Leap Forward and Guo Yue accompanying her at the Children’s Bookshow.

 

llf and bird in cage

Little Leap Forward and his small yellow bird.

I am very proud of LLF because, as I  might have mentioned once or twice before (!), it was chosen to be included in the ‘Diverse Voices’ list in 2014 – the top 50 culturally diverse books since 1950 in the UK; organised in conjunction with Seven Stories: The UK National Centre for Children’s Books.  It was actually published in 2008 and it’s fantastic to see then, that it still gets reviewed – even now.  I’ve been aware of www.orangemarmaladebooks.com for some time and was very pleased to find ‘Little Leap Forward’ on this lovely site about children’s books (via Twitter of all places!).  The site is a great read with a beautiful selection of incredibly colourful illustrations …

Click below to read the review…

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Custom addressed envelopes…

The life of an illustrator involves a constant search for work and new projects. To keep things entertaining for me and perhaps make things more entertaining for the art directors who receive thousands of art samples a month, this year I decided to create some custom addressed envelopes for each publisher.

Posca pens and a little imagination was all it took to hand letter them and become part of a long tradition of mail art. Apparently mail art developed in the 1950’s and 60’s stemming from the Fluxus movement but I’ve certainly found examples of decorative envelopes going back to the 19th century.

Stuffed with printed illustration samples of recent work, they should be winging their way to companies both in Britain and the US as I write this.  Wish me luck that my work gets noticed and some juicy commissions come my way!

Promotional envelopes

Envelope

Envelope

Ps: I was recently asked for permission by Leeds Trinity University for these images to be used as examples in a Visual CV class for the Digital Narratives and Social Media course.  A lovely compliment and I wish I could attend. It sounds fascinating!

Little Leap Forward comes to the Liverpool Philharmonic

Little leap Forward in the paper shop.

Several years ago now, the internationally acclaimed musician Guo Yue and his wife Clare Farrow collaborated to write their award-winning book, Little Leap Forward (Barefoot Books) which I had the pleasure to illustrate. After many awards, a stage show and an inclusion in the 7 Stories list ‘Diverse Voices’ – the top 50 culturally diverse books in the UK since 1950 –  the authors are celebrating the novel at the Liverpool Philharmonic on March 22nd 2016.

The hour-long performance uses a blend of readings, artefacts and live music to bring the story, based on Yue’s childhood in Beijing at the time of the Cultural Revolution and Mao’s ‘Great Leap Forward’, to life.  Marking the 50th anniversary of the Revolution, it’s the wonderful tale of a little boy, a little bird and a little leap forward in understanding the true meaning of freedom.

The performance has been organised by the Children’s Bookshow and every child who attends the show will receive a copy of  Little Leap Forward.

Tuesday 22nd March 2016 | Time: 10.30am

Running time: Approximately 1 hour
Suitable for children in Years 4, 5 6 and 7
Tickets: Children £5.00 Accompanying teachers FREE

To book tickets, please email liz.bookshow@gmail.com

Address:

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Hope Street
Liverpool L1 9BP

For information about theatre facilities, please visit: www.liverpoolphil.com