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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


from the archives 



John Purcell Paper A5(ish) sketchbook number 2, begun 25th January 2001


Took last week off (it was my birthday, there was cake) so two spreads again this week.





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Tuesday, April 01, 2014


from the archives 



John Purcell Paper A5(ish) sketchbook number 2, begun 25th January 2001




Quite like that running elephant. But I draw better monkeys than that these days.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014


from the archives 



John Purcell Paper A5(ish) sketchbook number 2, begun 25th January 2001






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Thursday, March 13, 2014


burying the lead 


Oop. What I forgot to mention on Tuesday was that I submitted the final(ish) draft of my next book, Thirteen Chairs to my editor and my publisher over the weekend and initial reaction from my editor was positive so I might have, kind of, in a way ... finished writing it.

Still got to finish the cover design and draw the thirteen illustrations, but the words are done. Finally. Which feels like a bit of a relief.

I wonder if it's any good.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


some time away 


Last week saw me away from home a good deal more than is usual. Two highly enjoyable library visits in Leicester on Monday, then nine talks to five schools in Swindon over the following three days. Very rewarding, great fun, occasionally slightly frantic, and not nearly as tiring as I'd expected (I'm normally shattered after school visits). Thursday was World Book Day, hence the sudden busy-ness this particular week, and after a bad start to the day (a technical issue left me without my usual visual cues when talking to a group of 4-6 year olds. I had to busk it for about 25 minutes. A future in improv comedy does not beckon) I was very heartened to see on Twitter that elsewhere in the world of World Book Day cosplay, Edward and Joseph had thrillingly chosen to portray my book's characters.

Look, look, look! It's them!



Then, after my second talk that day I discovered that the bear was further represented on a classroom wall at Abbey Meads School:



All of which rather made my day.

AND I got to stop with my old mate Tim and drink a beer or two with him. Marvellous.

Ta very much to the staff and pupils of St Mary's Calne, Orchid Vale, Bridlewood, Abbey Meads and Catherine Wayte, and also to the amazing Sandy Gibbons of Leicester's library services: you were all very lovely. Bless you.

from the archives 



John Purcell Paper A5(ish) sketchbook number 2, begun 25th January 2001


Double helping again this week (I was away last week).





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Tuesday, February 25, 2014


covers my book will not have 


I've been playing around with ideas for cover designs for my next book, Thirteen Chairs (a collection of ghost stories). These are a few that we're not going to be using. Well, almost certainly not.










from the archives 



John Purcell Paper A5(ish) sketchbook number 2, begun 25th January 2001


Double helping this week to not quite make up for missing a couple of weeks.





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Monday, February 24, 2014


Ned Trumpet 




Drew this while the scanner was scanning something the other day. Coloured it up while I should have been getting on with any of another million more urgent things.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014


from the archives 



John Purcell Paper A5(ish) sketchbook number 2, begun 25th January 2001






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Tuesday, January 14, 2014


from the archives 



John Purcell Paper A5(ish) sketchbook number 1, begun 23rd August 2000






More early examples of the Emily Clarke oeuvre there, and precious little from me apart from lists and notes. That's how they tend to get at the back sometimes. And that's the end of another one...

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014


from the archives 



John Purcell Paper A5(ish) sketchbook number 1, begun 23rd August 2000




Guest art (in pencil) from, I suspect, a young Emily Clarke, though I could be wrong.

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