Back from the Bologna Children's Book Fair, and what a wonderful four days it was. Truly inspiring to see such an incredible variety of work - picture books, novelty books, stories for older children - from all around the world...a feast for the eyes and soul! I wished I had been nothing more than a simple sponge, to be able to soak up everything I saw there.
I think it was especially nice this year because we were able to reunite with so many from our class. Congratulations to Zack Rock, whose beautiful work was part of the Illustrator's Exhibition this year!
It was and always is quite daunting to approach publishers and sit down with them as they look over your work, but there is always something to learn no matter what the response is. I was also so happy to be able to volunteer at our Cambridge School of Art stand this year. Thank you to Pam, Martin and everyone who was on the committee!
Thank you to everyone who came, friends, colleagues and the publishers and editors who spent time looking at my portfolio and dummy books and for the thoughtful feedback I received.
Even if you missed the fair, you can still see the students' work here on the Cambridge School of Art Bologna Bookfair website: http://www.machildrensbookillustration.com/