Book launch in the big city

I received an invitation to the Migrations book launch at the Amnesty International Headquarters in London, and was so excited to accept.

Travelling to London Paddington from Paignton was quite an adventure in itself, with a small backpack and a trepidatious heart, I felt a little like Paddington Bear himself arriving in a strange land! The Paddington Bear sculpture still eludes me every time visit London, so if anyone can shed some light on the location in the station, that would be great?. Honestly though, the tube was very easy to navigate, even for a country mouse, I soon got the hang of it, especially now that there is an Oystercard or even contactless ticketing…

The panel and collaborators smiling for the camera

The panel and collaborators smiling for the camera

The whole event was chaired by Tobias from #ICBCS, with panel members including Jane Ray, Mohammad Barring and live drawing by Chris Riddell. After a series of discussions about the book, the illustrators and the power of these bird images and words of hope for refugees, I was asked to go on stage for a group photo (that’s me in the bright orange second from right!). We viewed all the postcards which were displayed on wires in the atrium of Amnesty International, met all the other illustrators that were attending, had a celebratory glass of wine and even signed books for people! Many business cards were passed around, because you just never know who really really would like to commission an illustration…

What a fabulously inspiring evening. One to remember.

Wonderful to have had my work included in this superb publication.

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