Illustration auction for KLIMB
I was very happily invited by the team at Maverick Books to a lovely illustration auction organised by the people behind KLIMB. If you’ve not come across KLIMB, they are a group of people who will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for two charities, TAS and Chance UK in October this year.
And so on to the auction. Well, there was quite an amazing selection of gorgeous illustrations to bid on including works from Oliver Jeffers (from The Heart and the Bottle), Garry Parsons (one of the KLIMB team), Sarah McIntyre (hers was bought by Steve at Maverick), Ed Vere, Mini Grey, Adam Stower, Vivianne Schwartz and David Roberts to name just a few. Sarah McIntyre has blogged about the evening over here and especially the fabulous part she played in it, drawing anything anyone wanted for a flat fee. Well, I totally couldn’t afford any of the illustrations under the auction hammer (they were going from anywhere from £100 – £1000), so I asked Sarah for something for Milo’s bedroom using two of his favourite obsessions at the moment. Can you guess what they are?
Race cars and aliens.
Needless to say I love it, and Milo loves it too. We’ve been reading You Can’t Eat a Princess by Gillian Rogerson and illustrated by Sarah McIntyre quite a lot recently on the suggestion of lovely twitter friend @damyantipatel and so he’s very familiar with her illustrations. He’s especially pleased with all the eyes on the alien in the Milo Mobile! He seems to have a preference or aliens with many eyes! We’re going to frame his gorgeous picture and pop it on his bedroom wall. Here’s Sarah drawing those all important eyes.
I had a fun evening catching up with the guys at Maverick Books, bumping into some old friends from my Puffin days and meeting a few new people. Most importantly the night raised over £7000 for the two charities that KLIMB are supporting. Fantastic stuff!
I am truly gutted to have missed Sarah at the Lewisham Literary Festival a couple of days ago. She was doing an event literally five minutes from our house, but we were all a bit knackered from visiting a Dog Detectives event up in London (more about that later this week!).
I think it goes without saying that this week’s Bookish Bites will be inspired by You Can’t Eat a Princess!