On Saturday, founder of Tamarind Books, Verna Wilkins, showcased Tamarind at the Grenada Olympic House in Central London. During the Olympics from 4pm to 10pm each day, Grenada Olympic House is celebrating all things Grenadian. There are various exhibitions including carnival costumes, art and crafts and photography. Plus there is live music and poetry.
Last weekend hundreds of Grenadians and friends attended a reception hosted by Her excellency Ruth Elizabeth Rouse. Guests of honour included the Minister of Sport and L/Cpl Dr Johnson Beharry VC – a Grenadian who is the youngest person to receive the Victoria Cross.
There is live TV coverage throughout the exhibition. Every day brings a new programme of activities and fun especially now that Kirani James, the young Grenadian won gold!!
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Recently I had the pleasure of working with the illustrator Tim Marrs. Tim has worked for a vast range of clients, including working on campaigns for Nike: Brand Jordan, a T.V commercial for Audi, CD covers for U.S rock bands and even book covers for Elmore Leornard!
After spotting some of Tim’s work online for Nike, I felt his edgy, almost graffiti style of artwork would be perfect to illustrate two fiction titles for our Tamarind imprint…Camp Gold: Running Stars and Camp Gold: Going for Gold. Both of these books are written by Christine Ohuruogu. Christine is the current Olympic gold medal holder running the 400 metres. She will be defending her title at this year’s 2012 Olympics. These books are based on her childhood experiences.
Maxine is crazy about sports! She’s thrilled to be going to Camp Gold, an elite sports summer camp. She’s nervous too – will she be good enough?
At the camp she meets good friends, cute boys and, best of all, she discovers her hidden talent – running.
Soon she’s training for the Nationals, which will be watched by Olympic champions. It’s tough but it’ll be worth it if she wins. Then the pranks start and her things go missing. . . Someone is out to sabotage her chance of winning. Can she stop them before it’s too late?
Maxine can’t wait to start at Camp Gold International!
But the minute she arrives, things start going wrong – her training isn’t going well and, worse, someone has been vandalising the plush building. Now fingers are pointing at Maxine and her friends.
When it happens a second time, the principal makes it clear that if the vandals don’t stop, the camp may have to be closed.
For Maxine, Camp Gold means everything. Can she solve the mystery and focus on training . . . And win?
We got Tim Marrs to answer a few questions about what inspired him to become an illustrator…
What drew you to becoming a Children’s Illustrator?
I’m not known as a kids illustrator, but my style allows me to occasionally dip my toe in to the world of teenage fiction. I always liked drawing as a kid and was interested in picture books, so great to eventually get to work in this area.
What’s your favourite Children’s book?
I used to love Dracula by Victor G Ambrus. Maybe the start of my fascination with texture and mark making and busy, dynamic compositions.
What’s the first thing you do when you come across your book in a shop?
Check the colours came out okay and if my surname is spelt right – Ha ha
If you could be any children’s book character who would you be?
Peter Pan, growing up is so over rated…. or maybe Robin Hood. A swash buckling and tight wearing theme is occurring , time to answer the next question : )
My Grandparents, when they were alive, gave me endless encouragement and had faith in my ability when others didn’t (they also bought me my first mac) and Gary Powell, my tutor on my masters degree at St.Martins, is a inspiration and somebody who always pushed and challenged me to do better work and keep looking to evolve it.
You can check out more of Tim’s work on his blog…http://timmarrs.tumblr.com
Make sure your all routing for Christine Ohuruogu in the 400m race in the London 2012 Olympics!
We will be – GO CHRISTINE!
You can listen to the books being read by Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton this week on The 4 O’Clock Show: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01l7x0k/The_4_OClock