Joan Lennon's Blog
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Victorian Detective in the Victorian Gallery
Today I was at the McManus Museum in Dundee, in the gorgeous Victorian Gallery, talking about my Victorian girl detective Slightly Jones, as part of this year's Dundee Literary Festival. It was great! And because we needed to wait a little so that some of the audience who were at a different venue could arrive, there was even time to play the How Many Dogs Can You Find in the Paintings in This Room? challenge. I'd been round earlier and was pretty smug about my 17 dogs spotted. Nobody got 17. That was because they were too busy getting 26 ...
Here are some photos from the non-dog-spotting part of the event!
(I know it looks as if I've broken into song in the last one, but don't worry, it's just random enthusiasm for all things Victorian!)
Many thanks to the Dundee Literary Festival for inviting me, to the lovely staff at the McManus Museum for welcoming me, to my friend from Waterstones for selling my books and taking the photos for me - and to the kids and their adults who came along and were fabulous! (Even the ones who found more dogs in the room than I did ...)
Tomorrow I'm going to be posting Pencil Sketch, Neon and Heat Map versions of the top photo ... why? Because I can!
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Children's Writing Competition!
Friday, October 19, 2012
A Room Full of Writers
This week I had the pleasure of going back to the Turnberry Resort in Ayrshire (to be reminded of my slightly hysterical enthusiasm over my last visit, have a look here ...) For this, the third Turnberry Children's Book Event, I was leading a Writing Workshop with a fantastic bunch of 6-12 year olds and some equally fantastic grown-ups.
Writers in pain? No. Writers looking inside their heads and watching a scene unfold so that ...
... they can get stuck in getting it down on paper!
So many writers showed up we even had to use the tiny table!
I wish we'd had time to hear every story starter read out, but if the buzz as the Room of Writers emptied at the end is anything to go by, this is just the beginning!
Well done, everyone!
(Tomorrow I'll be posting the details of a writing competition that was launched at the Book Event, run by The Herald, Turnberry Resort, and the Scottish Book Trust - with some amazing prizes. If I could convince anyone I was aged 5-17, I'd be going in for it myself!)
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Saturday, October 06, 2012
You Asked For It ...
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Farlin Photos - The Exhibition of Work In Progress at Bonhoga Gallery Shetland
Chronologically this post makes no sense but not a lot of September did either, so here we go - these are photos of the Farlin Project Exhibition - Work In Progress at the Bonhoga Gallery in Shetland from 4 August to 16 September 2012. To remind you about this project you could have a quick look here. I apologise for the photos not being as clear as I would have liked - I haven't figured out photographing through glass yet. But it gives you at least an idea of the amazing stuff so far!