Last Friday Isobel Harrop, author and illustrator of THE ISOBEL JOURNAL made an appearance at the Warrington Library where she inspired other young people with her story of how her artistic blog came to be published by Hot Key Books. Isobel enjoyed pizza with the kids, designed mini-books and answered any questions the students had on books and publishing. Issy summed up her day on Twitter: ‘It was so great. Glad I didn’t get too nervous! Lovely kids and fun time!’.
After the event, the kids had a chance to buy THE ISOBEL JOURNAL from Waterstones, where Issy was happy to sign books for the students. Chris Everett, librarian of the Warrington Library, says “it was great to see young people have the opportunity and inspiration to be creative”.
Here’s what some of the students had to say about the event:
‘Loved it. Had great fun. Looking forward for future book. Had a great time.’
‘I think it’s been really fun and creative. Isobel is really nice and friendly.’
‘Isobel is really nice and she shows that anyone can be a writer.’
‘Really fun and imaginative. Isobel was genuine and lovely. A good way of expressing feelings in a scrapbook. Thank you.’
‘Interesting! Lovely to find out what she feels about her book.’
‘I liked meeting Isobel and making the books. I also enjoyed the pizza!’
And here is a video of Isobel answering some questions from the students.
THE ISOBEL JOURNAL is no ordinary snapshot of a contemporary teenage life. A charming and vivid narrative scrapbook of the eighteen-year-old author’s sketches, mini-graphic novels, photographs and captions, it captures her wit, her observations and her creative talent as she takes us through the three central themes in her life: ‘Love’, ‘Friends, Art and Otters’ and ‘Me’.
Isobel Harrop is an eighteen-year-old girl from the North West of England, studying English Literature at the University of Sussex. Inspired by Peanuts comics and 1960s design, Isobel loves to draw whenever she gets a chance, with every piece of school work scrawled all over with drawings of imaginary people.