Sunday, 20 March 2011
Ella Bella's month
March has been busy with visits to many schools, in celebration of World Book Day. Although I will not be starting the next Ella Bella book (the Nutcracker) until the autumn, Ella is always in my mind.
In a few weeks I am taking my editor to a performance of The Firebird, which I hope might make a good theme for Ella to explore. Meanwhile, a visit to Glendower school, near the Natural History Museum, in London, resulted in this little sketch. One of the staff operates a charity called Inspire Malawi. For a charity aution, various people were asked to sketch something onto a postcard. As this was a girl's school (where Ella seems especially popular) I decided a picture of my favourite little ballerina was just the thing. The auction took place last week. I hope it went well for this good cause.
Meanwhile, a CHILDREN'S CLASSICAL CONCERT is being planned as part of the Cheltenham Music Festival in July. With a string quartet and pianist, I will be narrating and illustrating stories from the ballet, live on stage, rather like a "chamber" version of the concert in Hatfield last November. It should be a really magical event and I'm thrilled to have been invited to take part!