|Photo credit: Janey Robinson|
The tables at the event were filled with tiny covers of children’s books by SCBWI members. While I sat there, I didn’t just witness poetry in motion; I witnessed poetry writing at supersonic speed by Tracey Mathis Potter. The poem was excellent, you can read it here . It came out perfectly with no need for revision. I was so impressed I almost asked for her autograph.
|SCBWI London Sketchcrawl for 20 Years of SCBWI BI with Laure Latham, Kate Bozukova, Anne-Marie Perks, Andrew Syers, Janey Robinson and Eva Rea. Photo credit Janey Robinson|
|SCBWI London Brunch at Drink, Shop & Do for 20 Years of SCBWI BI with Tracey Mathias Potter, Julian Lees, Julie Sullivan and Andrew Syers. Photo Credit Tania Tay|
|SCBWI London Brunch at Drink, Shop & Do for 20 Years of SCBWI BI with Annette Caseley, Julie Sullivan and Laure Latham. Photo credit Tania Tay.jpg|
What I found remarkable about the event was that we were drawing in numbers, no one came over and bothered us like they do when you see artists drawing alone.
|Alien on a Snail|
|SCBWI London Party at The Lukin for 20 Years of SCBWI BI. Photo Credit Candy Gourlay|
|SCBWI London Party at The Lukin for 20 Years of SCBWI BI. Photo Credit Tania Tay|
What followed was the drawing equivalent of ‘Give Us a Clue’ with Bridget Strevens-Marzo and other illustrators performing the drawing equivalent roles of Lionel Blair – depicting SCWBI author titles. The crowd was very good at guessing the titles, but I was abysmal. I thought if I kept calling out the same book title I’d eventually be correct just by the law of averages.
All in all it had been a lovely day. If it hadn’t been for SCBWI I wouldn’t have met so many lovely people and joined critique groups or started writing picture books. A big thanks to everyone who organised and participated in this event.
Andrew Syers is a member of pop up immersive theatre group The Teatime Wonder Game http://www.slowart.me/ - performing at Chelsea Fringe fesitval, Bermondsey festival, Camden Festival, London Bridge Festival 2014, Lambeth Country Show and at the Tea House Theatre. He is the author of the play, You Have Been a Wonderful Audience - performed at Barons Court Theatre http://www.drowningfishproductions.com. He is currently working on middle grade book, Freddie Low and the Hairy Staircase, onechapter book, The Boo Bush, four picture books and three early readers. There is no photo of him without his eyes shut.