Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
A peek inside the sketchbooks of Posy Simmonds
Cartoonist Posy Simmonds has been keeping sketchbooks since she began her weekly Guardian strip in the 70s. Here she talks us through some of her pages, and explains why Princess Diana had exactly the come-hither eyes she was looking for
I use Bushey sketchbooks made by C. Roberson and Co. I've had them for years in various sizes. It's rubbish paper, very thin, but it takes the pen well and it's good for pencils. At the start of a project I go back through my sketchbooks because there may be somebody lurking there who I can use. All my sketchbooks are full of people. Some of them are completely invented – like these women - but I saw this man in a bar in Normandy and he became Joubert in Gemma Bovery.