When Martin and I decided to make our home on the Isle of Wight we discovered that it had a thriving and diverse Arts scene. Over the past fourteen years we’ve met ~ among others ~ talented authors, artists and illustrators, musicians, dancers, crafters and bloggers. I’d like to introduce you to some of these creative people, whom we’ve come to know well.
First in the spotlight is My Fab Friend Jules Marriner, children’s author and illustrator ~ who just happens to be one of my granddaughter’s favourite writers, (the other two being Roald Dahl and Jill Murphy.)
This photo was taken last November, when Grace came over from the mainland for her Surprise Birthday Treat ~ she had no idea that she was about to attend a workshop where she would meet Jules in person, until we arrived at Cowes Library, where it was being held. As you can tell from her expression, she was thrilled!
After reading out her latest story, about a fussy owl called Fidget, Jules helped the children make Christmas tree decorations from pine~cones, then chatted with them as she signed copies of her books. Grace is holding ‘Wally and Bert BFFs’, the only one of Jules’ quirky tales that she hadn’t yet read. She has now, of course, and she loves it!
My imaginative and creative friend is so talented and productive that I can’t possibly do her justice just by telling you all the amazing things she gets up to. So, with her permission, here’s an excerpt from her latest blog post, written earlier this month after the Isle of Wight experienced a rare few days of snow and ice:
As the post is on Jules’ own website, I wasn’t able to simply re~blog it and when I tried to cut and paste it, it just came out in plain text, without the colourful background and illustrated header. So I decided to take a screenshot and insert that instead. To read the rest of the post, which includes a pic of Jules’ adorable little chihuaha, Maisie, please click here: Jules Marriner Books.
Once you’ve done that you can download a free ebook and taster of another; visit her Etsy shop ~ from which she sells books, prints, mugs, cards and custom work, follow the link to her YouTube Channel ~ and so much more. If you’d like to you can even support her on Patreon!
So now that you’ve met My Fab Friend Jules ~ pictured here at a local Wood Fair, where she ran story~telling sessions ~ I’ll leave you to browse her website and get to know more about her.