Friday, 25 May 2012

The Sheriffs of Nottingham!

Hang on, that title makes us sound like the bad guys, while our recent visit to Ellis Guilford School in Nottingham was more like Robin Hood and Little John riding their horses into town with pockets stuffed with comic gold (er ... well, actually much closer to Friar Tuck and Maid Marian on the back of a donkey, but you get the point!).

We spent an absolutely superb day entertaining and being entertained by the staff and students alike, sharing hints and tips on writing, drawing and creating books and generally having a brilliant time.

Just take a look at the joy on our faces as we stand before another amazing hand-crafted Etherington display - you can't fake that kind of raw pleasure!

The workshops were filled with great story suggestions from the kids. Almost too inventive at times, as I was forced to act out some strange scenarios (a cat who was a baby sitter by day, but dreamed of becoming a professional cricketer springs to mind!).

We also had the pleasure of joining the Ellis Guilford Mad Manga comic group for one of their fortnightly sessions. If your school is yet to set up a comic club and you're wondering if it's a good idea - IT IS! GO FOR IT! It's the perfect place to try out your art and writing and discover new books with friends.

Many thanks to everyone at Ellis Guilford for making us feel so welcome ... and for providing us with donuts!!! We look forward to seeing you all again soon.