2014 Alresford Watercress Festival


Yesterday I was at the Alresford Watercress Festival selling my children's books alongside the talented poet Val Anne Lee (hiding behind the easel above), writer of the fabulous On The Banks Of Hatchet Pond.

I'd decided to do some live drawing at the front of the stand, so starting with nothing more than a completely blank sheet and a couple of Sharpies I began doodling. We had a constant stream of people through the tent with many stopping to watch the drawing or return later to see how it was progressing.

It was, however, a scorcher, and apparently the best weather the festival's had for years, so the volume of people was tremendous.

By 3pm, around five and a half hours after starting, this was the end result. One little girl offered me £5 for it, and then upped it to £7 (all of her pocket money). In the end she walked away with a free cartoon kitten drawn especially for her on an equally large sheet of paper (although I confess it didn't take as long). A brilliant, but tiring, day with lots of books sold. Special thanks to Val, Jilly and Alice.

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