Posts tagged ‘studio’


We have had a hectic half-term week in the Oxford Studio.  Thank you to everyone who has come along to enjoy the many performances that were on offer, to browse and buy our books and to savour the many treats in the Storyteller’s Cafe. A special thank you to Amanda Morley, of the Phil & Jim Puppet Theatre Company, who adapted ‘The Drummer Boy’ from The Barefoot Book of Indian Tales to mark the festival of Divaali.


The lights of the shop have been turned down, the chefs have gone home from the cafe, and the office staff have closed their computers. But the day is not over: every Tuesday evening, Jo Kelsey runs a pilates class for adults in our first floor studio. And every other Tuesday, Vic and I run workshops for aspiring illustrators and writers. Here are some photographs from last week’s Tuesday activities, and here are seven tips that came out of the writing workshop:


Do you have young children in your life?

Do you live or play in and around the greater Boston, MA area?

If you answered yes to both of these questions, have we got some fun in store for you! We’re pleased to announce the launch of our Concord Studio Facebook page.


Did you know that this week is International Babywearing Week? We spoke with Jessica Mailman, the President of Boston Babywearers, a non-profit educational group that teaches parents and caregivers the joys of wearing their children and often holds events at our Concord Studio, to learn more about the hot new trend of babywearing. Read on for Jessica’s thoughts on the benefits of babywearing, tips for babywearing dads and more!


If you had been in Oxford this weekend, you may have wended your way to our Grand Opening. The character waiting for you outside the studio was none other than the Terrible Chenoo from our new series Monster Stories; he was VERY hungry. Beyond him you will have found entertainers of every kind:


Come along and join us for our grand opening weekend! After many months of hard work and crises of different shapes and sizes, we are open at last at 294 Banbury Road, Oxford.


‘Imagination unbound’ is the campaign that is underway in Oxford as the city sets out to become the UNESCO World Book Capital 2014. So it was with great excitement, and wide-open imaginations, that our events manager, Fi Ross, and I sat down this week to meet Jackie Ibbotson and Hannah Kirby, the dynamic women behind this initiative. Since its inception in 2001, no World Capital Book City has been based in an English-speaking country.


…a new Studio has opened, and it’s like nothing you have seen before. If you don’t believe me, come along to 294 Banbury Road, Oxford and step inside. Yes, we are finally open for business! The drills have been packed up, the floors have been swept and polished, and the builders have gone.  Instead, every time the door opens, another curious customer comes in, often with a small child or three in tow. Slowly and surely, one day at a time, the word is spreading. We have all kinds of family-friendly activities, from arts and crafts to pyjama-time storytelling – here are a few images from the first week in our new world…


At long last, the builders have laid down their drills and the painters are busy at work. The retail, cafe and studio spaces of our new home in Summertown, north Oxford are being transformed from plasterwork and bare boards to an Aladdin’s cave of colours and contrasts.


Soon after I had started Barefoot Books with Nancy, a manuscript arrived with a cover letter saying ‘Dear Mrs Strickland, have you ever wondered what it is like to go to the dentist, from the point of view of the tooth?’ I did not think that this was a promising theme for a children’s book, so I rejected the manuscript. However, this summer it has returned to haunt me.