Nineteenth Century Gothic

I’m listening to Patricia Cornwell’s forensic crime novel, ‘Cause of Death’ on audiobook on my phone at the moment, but I am otherwise on a nineteenth century kick, having recently finished ‘Flashman and the Redskins’, which, like other Flashman books, I read with relish. I’ve also just read the ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ by Washington Irving on my…

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Taking the Cold on the Road

My nose is blocked, my chest is tight, I’ve been getting dizzy spells and I’m suffering a severe lack of concentration. It’s hard to hold the attention of a gang of kids when  you can’t even hold our OWN attention. Every now and then I cough, but it’s not very satisfying. It’s not swine flu, because I can still…

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The Oisin McGann Travelling Show

This being Children’s Book Festival, I’m out doing my variety act a lot. If you want to make a living from children’s books, it’s not enough to sit at home and write your stories; you’ve got to go back to the roots of storytelling, to the oral tradition, learning how to tell tales out loud again, so you can…

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Back To Basics

I was working on an illustration today – a private job – fiddling around with pen, brush, ink and white paint trying to nail down the likenesses of two people’s faces.  It’s a simple black and white pic, but because I change styles a lot, it can take time for me to get back in gear when I’m working…

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