Monday, November 28, 2011

PJ Lynch completes his 'Ghost of Christmas Present' in the window of Hodges Figgis

As reported last week, PJ Lynch 'installed' himself in the window at Hodges Figgis Bookstore in Dublin.
The event was featured on RTE Television's News2Day here (Click on 24th Nov.) and PJ was interviewed on Nadine O Regan's show on Phantom FM.  The interview dicussed 'Art in Unusual Places' and while the window was an unusual place for an artist to work, PJ found enough elbow room within which to work and thoroughly enjoyed the feedback from passing customers.  You can read PJ's account of the event here

The following photographs were taken by Naoise Culhane from
Please do not repost these photos without crediting him.  Click to enlarge

 The painting is currently being mounted in the window and will form the backdrop for the Hodges Figgis Christmas Window.  Printed scenes from 'A Christmas Carol' have been mounted in the adjacent windows and you can see the finished display until Christmas.

Book Supplement from Irish Times today

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Rosita Boland remembers working with Walker Books

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

PJ Lynch paints 'live' at Hodges Figgis

On Wednesday 23rd November PJ Lynch will paint a large canvas in the window at Hodges Figgis, Dublin.
PJ has chosen to recreate the scene of the Ghost of Christmas Present from his illustrated version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol.  The two adjacent windows will be adorned with huge backdrop printed images from the same book so the finished display with PJ's original art in the main window will be impressive to say the least!
PJ will be 'installed' in the main window until Saturday 26th November, so he has commenced work on the painting in his studio.  Visitors to the shop will be able to see his work in progress - well beyond pencil sketches and roughs but you can see the work so far in stages below.

Check out David Maybury's short film of PJ sizing up the window last week here.
Keep an eye on PJ's progress over the next few days on his facebook page or blog

Many thanks to PJ for agreeing to do this work (painting will be auctioned for charity) and also to Hodges Figgis who saw the potential in this initially mad idea.

You can see a short film of PJ working on this painting in the window of Hodges Figgis here

Monday, November 14, 2011

Mirror wins British Book Design Award

Mirror by Jeannie Baker has won the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education category of the British Book Design and Production Awards.

The award was announced last week and collected by Alan Lee and Nicola Constable from Walker Books at a glittering production and design evening held at the The Lancaster London Hotel. The event was themed ‘Once Upon a Time’ … to celebrate just what remarkable achievements have been made in the last year in the quest to bring out the best in British book design and production.

The judge’s had nothing but lovely things to say about Mirror:
 “Great eye catching design inside and out, good use of illustrations, well printed, we loved the layout and concept.”

In addition to Mirror winning its category, two Walker titles were also Highly Commended in the Children’s Trade category – both A Bit Lost and A Monster Calls rightly received this commendation.

Shortlist and winners of the Book Design and Production Awards here.

Friday, November 11, 2011

MS Readathon

Ms Readathon nabbed Siobhan Parkinson, Jenny Murray, David Maybury and I to answer a few questions. Click Here.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Chris Haughton posters for Bookshops and Libraries

Chris Haughton has kindly produced two posters which you can use in your bookshop or library.
To download a Hi Res printable version, click on the link for the one you want.

Bookshop poster
Library poster

For use other than in Bookshops and Libraries, please contact Chris Haughton

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Daylight Saving coming Soon (Feb 2012)

Walker Books has produced this animated book cover. Trace your mouse over the image.  

Friday, November 4, 2011

David Maybury has the book thrown at him!

David Maybury reviews as many books as possible without a safety net or body armour HERE

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Bruce Ingman In Dublin

Bruce Ingmam (now based for much of the time in beautiful West Cork) did a series of worlshops in The ARK over the weekend.  Bruce entertained both parents and young children with lots of animations and plenty of lessons on how to draw.  There were Monsters, Bicycle riding Sausages and of course Ronny Rock Starring in the Monster Cake Meltdown.
Bruce will be a judge for the 2012 Bisto Award.