|The Booktop marquee|
|The OSO community arts centre on Barnes Common|
For all the wonderful moments and new books discovered I think my lasting memory will be Judith Kerr in conversation. It was a grown up interview and her sense of fun was evident from the start. She spoke with quiet conviction about her need to draw and create and the limitations imposed on women of her day. She spoke in detail of her family's escape from Berlin and the new home that she eventually made in London, in Barnes with the cat she'd always wanted. I really could have listened to her cat stories for the entirety of the interview but the gems were in her description of her drawings, the motivations for her stories, her personal anecdotes and her drive to continue working. I think she summed it up best when commenting about her hip replacement she remarked: 'I'm not decrepit, I'm just someone who used to dance the can can.'
Bring on Barnes Children's Literature Festival 2017!
|Swans by Barnes pond ... probably the only ones not reading books.|