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New Stripy Horse Masks!

We had a great time at the ‘Word Up Festival’ a few weeks back. A big thank you to all the eagle-eyed monkey counters who came along: you did a marvellous job!

For anyone who missed out on a ticket and the chance to make a mask, you can now create your own at home by clicking the links below and following the instructions.

Stripy Horse Mask

Choose any colour you like for your horse, or why not go spotty?

Monkey Mask

Turn yourself into a cheeky puzzle monkey from ‘Look Out Stripy Horse!’

Monster Tomato Mask

Best of all, become a great big splatty tomato, from ‘Oh No, Monster Tomato!’

We’ll be putting up some more exciting ‘Art and Make’ activities soon, so keep checking back. Happy cutting and colouring!

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Word Up, Stripy Horse!

We’re taking part in the Word Up Festival at Alleyn’s school in Dulwich on Saturday 22nd October. Our event has just sold out, but there are lots more fantastic interviews and readings from other authors and illustrators, including Jaqueline Wilson, Judith Kerr, Andy Stanton and the amazing John Hegley (if you haven’t seen him before do get a ticket!) – more details and a programme can be found here.

For fans of non-stripy horses, author Michael Morpurgo will also be talking to Clare Balding about his book ‘War Horse’ ahead of the new exhibition at the National Army Museum.

And don’t worry if you missed out on tickets, we’ll be posting mask templates from our event soon so that you can make your own Stripy Horse, Cheeky Monkey and Splatty Tomato masks at home…

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Stripy Horse at the SW11 Festival

On Friday 30th September we’ll be reading a Stripy story or two at the SW11 Festival.

The event starts at 10.30am at the Battersea Children’s Library, Lavender Hill, so come along if you can!

The festival runs until 3rd Oct and there are lots of other fantastic events ahead. This year the theme is monsters! You can download a copy of the whole programme of events, plus details of a special monster hunt competition here.

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A Stripy Time at the Just So Festival

The final stop on our mini-tour this Summer was the ‘Just So Festival’ near Stafford, and what better place to end our trip than a magical, leafy wood? There were so many exciting things to do and hideaway places to explore. Some top ‘clip-clopping’ too on the tent’s wooden floorboards during our event. Thanks to everyone who joined in – what a stampede! Here we were are looking surprised and befuddled at the Waterstones tent afterwards…

We took Stripy Horse on a tour of the site in the afternoon. Here he is below, and look: Karen has learnt the impressive art of umbrella juggling…

Saturday night’s headline band were the Lovely Eggs and they were ace – there aren’t enough songs about ‘sausage roll thumbs’. We watched the movers and shakers dancing down at the front before waving goodbye.

So, the nights are drawing in again, but keep checking back for more exciting Stripy news this Autumn. We’ll be at a couple of events in October too – more news on these soon…

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Stripy Trip to the Edinburgh Festival

The sun came out at the last minute, to dry up the soggy grass and make our day at the Edinburgh Book Festival a lovely warm one. Thanks to everyone who came along, we were a bit nervous in front of so many people, but you all made us very welcome and sang your heads off too! Hello Yvonne – hope your new friend is settling in?

Afterwards Stripy Horse took us along to the newly re-opened National Museum of Scotland, which is full of almost as many incredible things as his Bric-a-Brac Shop. We learned all about Dodos and Kakapos and saw an enormous Sun Fish – go and have a look if you get the chance, its nearly as big as a bus! On the way home he said hello to Greyfriars Bobby and met some very different, but just as colourful horses…

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Stripy Stories at Bentalls and the Lollibop Festival

Phew! Its been a busy couple of days. We did lots of colouring-in at Bentalls in Kingston on Thursday (Happy First Birthday to little Bethany!)…

…and we’ve just come back from a packed Lollibop Festival in Regents Park, where the sun shone just long enough for Stripy Horse to have his photo taken when we arrived!

We’re off up to Edinburgh next week – hope to see some of you at the book festival there or at the Just So Festival in Stafford the week after. Fingers crossed for some proper Summer weather…

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Stripy Horse Summer Festival Fun 2011

The Edinburgh International Book Festival programme has just been announced and we’re happy to tell you that we’ll be appearing there on Sunday 14th August at 4.30pm. We’ll also be at the Just So Festival in Stafford on Saturday 20th August, the Lollibop Festival in Regents Park, London on Sunday 7th August, and the Beckenham Library Book Festival on Saturday 9th July – so come along if you can for Stripy storytimes and plenty of drawing fun…

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Crystal Palace Children’s Book Festival

On Saturday 23rd October we’ll be taking part in the 2nd Crystal Palace Children’s Book Festival.

Come along for a special Stripy Storytime 11.30am at the Bookseller Crow – Crystal Palace’s top indie bookshop.

Theres a whole day of fantastic free events, with lots of local (and not so local) children’s authors and illustrators (and nice and easy to get to on the new East London line).

You can find out more about what’s in store here…

…and don’t forget to wear something STRIPY!


Thanks SO much to Alex and all involved in the fabulous Crystal Palace Children’s Book Festival, we had a great time there a few weeks ago. Here are some pictures courtesy of  the lovely people at My Favourite Books Blog

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Hurray for Hay!

Our first visit to the Hay Festival and the sun was shining – what a glorious weekend! Here we are, trying to fit as much of the festival title into the picture as possible (we need a wider camera or smaller heads)…

Thanks very much to everyone who came along to our events, it was lovely to meet you all, especially Miss Banana and Mr Carrot (below) and the other mixed fruit and veg! The marquee was very hot, so well done for bearing with us and singing along.

A big thanks also to Mike and Anna for looking after us (what a tasty tea!) and hello to the lovely Garen and Ellie too. (Garen Ewing writes and illustrates the fabulous Rainbow Orchid books – you can find out about him here). We met so many nice people during our visit – I’m sure that staying in a town with bajillions of bookshops has got a lot to do with it. Hopefully we’ll be back again soon!

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Hay is for Horses!

It’s almost time for the Hay Literary Festival and we’re lucky enough to be taking part in two events on Saturday June 5th.

We’ll be reading ‘Hold on Tight, Stripy Horse!’ and ‘Oh No, Monster Tomato!’ and there’ll be lots of drawing and singing too! The first event starts at 1pm, the second at 4pm. We’ll be signing copies of our books afterwards, so do come along- we’d love to see you!

Both events are now sold out- thanks to all those who booked tickets. See you on the 5th!

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