In the run-up to Christmas, opening the post is always accompanied by a little frisson of anticipation, invariably dampened when I find it is only catalogues or credit statements or a card from someone I have never met addressed to someone who once lived here. (Thanks, ‘Carol’.) But today the brown paper parcel delivered by hand contained something better than any present. Inside was a poster, and one with my name on, and Joe’s. But even more thrilling and disorientating than seeing our names in type is seeing the star himself. This is a boy who started out as a stranger in a sleeping bag outside an arcade on Rye Lane in Peckham, became a character who walked and talked in my head, and is now being conjured up by a real live boy – the brilliant Daniel Frogson, who is all the best parts of the Joe on paper, and all his own added real excellence besides. I give you the real Joe All Alone, coming to CBBC in 2018.
- Post is the thing with feathers (and also chocolate eggs). New MG book. Out 12 July with @hachettekids Look at that cover! Tis a thing of beauty. May it fly and fly.Early art promise never fulfilledThis is actually beautiful. I don’t even remember getting this. Aged 16. It pretty much sums up adolescence for me. The Smiths and love so intense you write someone’s name on your chest in biro. (He dumped me for my friend a few weeks later.)Yes, yes that is the entire lyrics of Against All Odds by Phil Collins. And what of it?Opening up Pandora’s Box (aka The Suitcase of Shit) for a WOMAD event on letter writing. Pretty much every letter / handwritten note I received from age 5 onwards is in here. So many stories.Menace and Kurtan
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