Jack-In-The-Green


Earlier this month, I attended my first Jack-In-The-Green festival, which is held yearly in my new home of Hastings. It’s a brilliant day – a huge figure, made out of leaves, flowers and twigs, is hauled through the Old Town, then up onto the West Hill, overlooking the sea. After a huge parade of sinister dancers, drummers, people in animal costumes and seriously spooky outfits has passed across the lawns, he’s pulled apart and scattered among the crowds. Some of the creations were seriously impressive (and a bit scary), and the day felt primal and stirred up some strange emotions. My four-year-olds were down the front, baying for bits of the dismembered man, I was a little bit drunk, nodding along behind them to the incessant drumbeats. I cannot wait for next year.

Little London – Now In a Gift Shop Near You!

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It’s so rewarding when you walk into one of your favourite places and discover they’re stocking your book. I’ve just found out that the Museum of Childhood, The Design Museum, and The Museum of London all have Little London on their giftshop shelves. I’ve been visiting these places for many years, and it’s a real buzz to know that my work is sitting there on display for visitors to pick up and browse (and maybe even buy).