Southwark Reading Festival

It’s been a busy week – Andrew and Gill’s wedding on Tuesday, a maternity and family shoot on Tuesday afternoon, Southwark Reading Festival on Wednesday and a guardsman shoot (complete with bearskin) and meeting with a potential wedding client yesterday. First, though, is the reading festival, which took place at Dulwich Picture Gallery all week. On Wednesday, the festival featured the comic Etherington Brothers running a workshop in creating your own monster with school children.
Etherington-Brothers-1wTheir suggested method is to think of three unconnected things and mash them together in one scary, unlikely character. Their example involved a donut, a hedgehog and a windmill.
They then went on to create other creatures from student suggestions and how to create friends for their monsters and homes. It was a little like a cartoon version of improvised comedy show Whose Line is it Anyway? From comments left in the book outside the talk, it seemed to be a success.

After this workshop was author Marcus Sedgwick, who used the vampire background of one of his books to discuss everything and anything you could want to know about them. Marcus-Sedgwick-2wBefore his talk, along with his coffee, he snuck an opportunity to add an appropriate drawing to the comments book …
The festival finishes today after a year of planning between organisers Lillie McCotter and Tamara Linke. Tamara owns bookshops Tales On Moon Lane, which sponsored the festival.