Friday 20 May 2016

Continuing our "Harold's Hungry Eyes" blog tour stop with the man himself, Kevin Waldron and five things that inspire him.

By now you'll already know that the adorably boggle-eyed Harold, he of "Harold's Hungry Eyes" slid into our Book of the Week slot with ease this week.

But what of Harold's "Dad"? His creator Kevin Waldron has come up with a devilishly good guest blog post on five things that inspire him.

Kevin Waldron grew up in Dublin and studied in London. He now lives in New York with his wife. He shares a studio with Oliver Jeffers and Jon Burgerman also from the UK. Waldron won the Bologna Opera Prima Award in 2009. He has published four picture books to date; The Owl and the Pussy-cat, Tiny Little Fly, Mr Peek and the Misunderstanding at the Zoo and Pandamonium at Peek Zoo.

Take it away Kevin!

Five objects that inspire my work by Kevin Waldron

1. My bike
I cycle in and out of the studio everyday over the Manhattan Bridge. When I’m cycling all I think about is not getting run over - I don’t think about work or bills or deadlines. 

2. Music
I listen to music all day long! Sometimes the only reason I work is to have something to do while listening to music. Here are four albums I’ve been wearing out this month:

3. Animated shorts
Recently I became obsessed with animated shorts. I have always been interested but the deeper and deeper I explored, the more rewarding I found it. This sidetracked me for a while but I really think it has helped my occupation.

4. Movies
I don’t go to the cinema very often but I get through about five movies a week from the library. I’ve been enjoying the work of Karel Zeman recently:

5. Books
I almost exclusively read fiction. I never leave the apartment without a book. Here are the last four books I read:

Up in the Old Hotel (1992) Joseph Mitchell

Under the Net (1954) Iris Murdoch

Madame Bovary (1857) Gustave Flaubert

The Street of Crocodiles (1934) Bruno Schultz

Thank you so much for a brilliant guest post Kevin, and we're wishing you all the best and continued success with "Harold's Hungry Eyes"

Please do check out the rest of the stops on the "Harold's Hungry Eyes" blog tour as there are still more fantastic stops to go!