Live Events Online

The pandemic lockdowns made us rethink how we work, play, and learn. Authors and illustrators had to adjust, just like the schools and libraries which relied on them visiting in person. In the end, we learned what we like, or don’t like about being more in charge of our days. This change to hybrid working…… Continue reading Live Events Online

Old is new again

The letterpress studio

I came across Officina do Cego, run by a group of crafts and art people in Lisbon, thanks to Kristine Martinova. She introduced us to the president of the Association, Nuno Ramos, who explained how they teach and make work using screen and letterpress printing. They make their own books, so also teach bookbinding. Walking into…… Continue reading Old is new again

Astro Girl in San Francisco

There were many children online for the live reading, which was followed by a discussion about the book Astro Girl. Many more will watch the recording of the event on the San Francisco Public Library YouTube page. All in all, it’s been a good few months for the book. It was also featured in the South African…… Continue reading Astro Girl in San Francisco

Update: Stars With Flaming Tails Won the CLiPPA Award!

Stars With Flaming Tales won the CLiPPA award for poetry! The CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) is solely presented for published poetry for children in the UK. Established in 2003, the Poetry Award encourages and celebrates outstanding poetry published for children.- CLPE Here are some poems from the collection. I enjoyed working with…… Continue reading Update: Stars With Flaming Tails Won the CLiPPA Award!

Scoop Magazine

John Blanke - Scoop Magazine

Early in 2020, Scoop Magazine asked if was interested in illustrating some stories in a comic strip style. I have secretly wanted to do something like this for quite some time so jumped at the chance. Furthermore, the strips were to be activist or historical, which is a space that I follow regularly. In fact, many…… Continue reading Scoop Magazine

Lenny Books

Lenny and Wilbur

Where’s Lenny and Lenny and Wilbur are two new books coming out this August. They will be available at all cool bookstores in the UK. They are already in US bookstores.