Not long after the 6th October 2017, when The Lost Words was first published Jane Beaton took it into her head to fundraise to get a book into every school in Scotland. She achieved her target and then exceeded it. Meanwhile other campaigns were beginning. In Wales, in Gloucestershire, in Suffolk and now in Cornwall, and people were walking into bookshops and handing over money for bookshops to place the books in schools. In Cheptsow Bookshop Graham walked into the shop and donated money raised by the Gwent Wildlife Trust so that books could be place in schools in Monmouthshire as part of their ongoing work with young people. Their hope is to raise more money for all 150 schools in the area.
It’s an astonishing thing, as an illustrator, to watch this happen to your work.
My access to books as a child was through libraries, through schools. That is why I try to do what I can to support these campaigns.
And I have been practicing inking otters. So far these have been sold to raise money for the various campaigns and this one is no exception. These two are 53 x 73 cms. The ink is still wet on them. I am offering them for sale at £1000 and all the money will go to Edge of the World’s bookshop’s campaign to place a book in every school in Cornwall.
(NB: These are now sold. There may be more otters at some point as my practice continues.)
It’s been great seeing these campaigns grow, from people putting in £1 to people donating £3000.
If you wish to purchase the otters please email me and I will give you instructions on what to do next.
Also on offer is today’s strip of words. This is one long typed strip, but this time comes with a small sketch. It’s an odd thing. I have all these edges from paper, from print making and they are sitting by my typewriter waiting for words. This one is now sold, was £100. There will be more so if you wish to be put on a waiting list let me know. Some have drawings, some don’t. Ones without are £50 ( I have had to take photo in 2 goes as it’s long)
As with the inked otters, please email me and I will give directions for the donation.
Edge of the World and the Yellow Lighted Bookshops are such wonderful shops both run by amazing and passionate booksellers. If you are in Tetbury or Cornwall do go visit them.
Meanwhile, this is how to conjure an otter, or two, using ink, words, water and dreams.