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Once a month for a year I slept outside in 12 different places (inspired by Alastair Humphrey’s micro-adventures). I made 12 cartoons of the adventures. In Moth Boy, Ches sleeps outside a couple of nights, although maybe he doesn’t actually sleep the second night.
One night in October for my 10th night out I slept near the strange, derelict fort with wild goats as neighbours at the end of the Brean Down peninsula with my intrepid, young niece and nephew.
We had porridge in the morning on a mini camping stove. A bit of a different experience for Ches but an exciting location for his adventure with Raffy.
These wild goats appear in Moth Boy. Notice their rough, curly, handlebar horns!
I love the book cover Jack from the Book Guild designed. Before the Book Guild offered to publish Moth Boy I played around with designing a cover for self-publishing it. This is what I came up with. Hmmm...
Shelves brimming with words. It takes a lot of re-writing after the first draft of a story is written. And there are notebooks scribbled in with snippets of life, overheard words, ideas, names I like… leafing back through them when I am stuck is always a joy.
I spent a week as artist-in-residence in a Gloucester school when I was a stained-glass artist. It inspired me to make this window for the dermatology department at Gloucester Royal Hospital.