The 2016 Telling Tales Festival was a huge success! Thanks to the terrific organizers, dedicated volunteers, outstanding presenters and most of all, the enthusiastic audiences. The warm September sunshine perfectly matched the happy energy of the participants. The day got off to a great start with the fabulous “authorstrator” Jeremy Tankard spotting a frog making it’s way to the Festival entrance. Perhaps a prince hoping to meet up with some of the costumed princesses or book characters?
I enjoyed meeting young readers and their families at my presentations, and was most impressed by the singing talent as the audience joined in for Frere Jaques and Row Row Row Your Boat. I met many fellow plasticine artists, and was delighted to present an award to some of the winners of the Explore Your World contest. The three grand prize winning schools will receive an author visit. Fellow “prizes” are Ruth Ohi and Andrew Larsen. I’ll be visiting with artists at John T. Tuck School, who created a beautiful plasticine artwork inspired by Picture a Tree. All in all, a grand day!