Bradwell festival

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Photo: St. Peter’s Chapel, Bradwell-on-Sea, by Erin Brierley

This Saturday (2 July) The Bradwell Festival takes place at Bradwell-on-Sea in Essex. It’s a kind of a mini-Greenbelt Festival for Essex. It starts with a pilgrimage, which is a 45 minute walk from the nearby village to the beautiful St Peter’s Chapel, next to the water at Bradwell-on-Sea, then once you get to the site there are speakers, music, caterers, a beer tent and more. Greenbelt favourites include Folk On, and Beer and Hymns.

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My involvement: I’ve drawn the map for the festival (above), and I’m speaking at 2.30pm in the Performance cafe (the ‘Performance’ aspect in this case mainly involving showing some cartoons…).

If anyone can come along then that would be lovely. I can advise on getting there if you are coming from London or elsewhere.

More festival info is on the website. The schedule is as follows:

12 noon: Daily Office in St Peter’s Chapel and then a service on the main stage led by John Pantry.

Main Stage and Chapel Field:

13.30 Annique / 14.45 Famous Potatoes / 16.00 Folk On / 17.00 Beer and Hymns @ Beer Tent / 18.15 Daily Office @ Chapel / 18.30 Famous Potatoes / 19.30 Andy Flannagan / 20.45 Daily Office @ Chapel / 21.00 Dirty Faces

Performance Cafe:

13.00 The Daisy Bowlers / 14.30 Dave Walker (speaker) / 15.30 Phil Underwood / 17.00 Beer and Hymns @ Beer Tent / 18.15 Daily Office @ Chapel / 18.30 Folk On / 19.30 Open Mic

Speakers’ Tent:

13.00 Brenden Thompson / 14.00 Jane Dolby / 15.00 +Stephen Cottrell / 16.00 Melanie Smith / 17.00 Beer and Hymns @ Beer Tent / 18.15 Daily Office @ Chapel / 18.30 Richard Syms / 19.30 Nicholas Henshall

This PDF has all the practical details if you’re interested.

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Reasons to vote ‘Remain’

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My referendum cartoon. I’m expecting flak, but so far mostly civil, thankfully.

Larger version for those that struggle to read this – here.

Sharing: Sharing today is highly appreciated, thank you. The cartoon is on my Twitter and Facebook pages, or there are buttons below.

If sharing, please put a link to this site, my Twitter, or Facebook page – thank you. This cartoon is free to post on personal blogs – any other use please ask.

If linking, please link to this blogpost, not the high resolution file. Thank you!

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The Invisible Church

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I’ve done some illustrations for a book, ‘The Invisible Church – learning from the experiences of Churchless Christians’, by Steve Aisthorpe.

It seems like a long time ago now that I did the drawing, but I composed a number of new cartoons for this book, which is published by St Andrew Press. There’s a cartoon for each chapter, some are new, some are old, and some may be familiar but are tweaked a bit.

I don’t do many book illustration projects, but I wanted to do this one as the topic sounded interesting, I liked what I read, and it felt like a good fit with my work. I don’t always find book illustrating easy, but Steve was a good (and patient) person to work with, and I’m very pleased with the results. Oh, and also the cover illustration – see below.

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As for the content of the book itself, here is the official publisher’s blurb, which I won’t attempt to precis:

For anyone who is concerned about Church decline, the contents of this book offer an essential blueprint for building God’s whole community in the coming years. This unique set of resources offers practical help and insight for all who want to grow, enrich and develop their congregational life.

The Church of Scotland has drawn on the findings of extensive new research that it has commissioned in order to put together this set of carefully crafted and informed resources aimed at helping every congregation to understand why people leave the Church, how to avoid unnecessary departures and, above all, to develop an enriching, vital Christian fellowship with the large numbers of Churchless Christians in every community across the country.

This ground-breaking book, illustrated by Dave Walker, offers information, hope, insight, prayerful reflection and practical ideas for bringing together in fellowship all Christians, whether they are members of an institutional Church or not.

If thinking about the future of the church is of interest to you then this book may well be just the thing. It is available in the following places, most of which also have further reviews to help you make up your mind:

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UK aid cartoon

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A cartoon about the Parliamentary debate on UK Aid, taking place today.

This (possibly) demonstrates the advantage of drawing digitally. I was able to get this cartoon drawn and uploaded in quite a short space of time over a lunchtime, and by 3pm it had been recommended for reading for Year 9s at a school in Brighton. If I’m drawing a cartoon for a client I need to take rather more care and do more research, etc, but this shows what can be done.

For anyone interested in further reading I found the following sources useful whilst doing the drawing.

[13 June, 8pm. Text updated to be more accurate. Now says ‘National income’.]

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The new Heath Robinson Museum

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Six weeks ago (please forgive slight blog-post delay) I had the chance to go to Pinner in North London to see how work on the new Heath Robinson Museum is progressing. The museum, due to open September 2016, will be ‘a national centre for the understanding and appreciation of the life and work of the artist and illustrator William Heath Robinson’. Heath Robinson is one of my significant artistic influences, so I am thrilled that the museum is going to become a reality.

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Sample Heath Robinson picture: ‘Deceiving the Enemy as to the State of the Tide’. More pictures further down the page.

I had a chat with Veronica Chamberlain from West House and Heath Robinson Museum Trust, and then had a chance to see the site. Some photos are below – it was a rather wet and miserable day and of course work will have progressed significantly since then, but they give an idea.

Funds are still needed to complete the project – you can buy a brick via this page. And if you’d like to be informed about the museum when it opens there’s a mailing list – please sign up if this is your kind of thing.

The museum opens on 3 September. Please do consider visiting (it is very easy on the Tube), telling people, and supporting this project if it is something you are able to do.

One of the fundraising initiatives planned is a sale of cartoons, and I am pleased to say that I will be contributing a cartoon for this. More to follow on this.

Links:

Installing the electric telegraph between Paddington and Slough

W. Heath Robinson – Installing the electric telegraph between Paddington and Slough

Read more…

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Dave Walker Colouring Book

The Dave Walker Colouring Book

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I’m pleased to announce that The Dave Walker Colouring Book, a colouring book of my cartoons, will be published in August by Canterbury Press. The book features 40 or so cartoons in A4 format to colour. They include some brand new ones that I’ve drawn specifically for the book, the colouring cartoons from CartoonChurch.com, and a selection of my favourite cartoons that I’ve drawn over the years that lend themselves to being coloured-in. Some of them have been reworked a bit to remove surplus text and increase colourability*. [*Possibly an actual word]

The cover gives an idea of the kind of pictures it contains. If you’ve ever wanted the opportunity to give clergy green hair – this is your chance. Warning: don’t eat any quiche that looks a bit blue, green, red AND orange.

I’m quite excited about this. The colouring pages that I put on the CartoonChurch site went down very well, (on the whole), so it is great that more similar pictures will be available in a handy-to-colour format. And whilst swirly nature colouring patterns are fine… this is something a bit different. And it is great to have something new this year while I’m in the middle of working on the cycling book.

The official publication date is 23/08/2016, so in time for the Greenbelt Festival, where it will be on sale. The price is £7.99.

Official blurb about the book (kindly written by someone else):

Fans of Dave Walker’s unique and brilliant cartoon style will welcome this latest addition to the growing range of Dave Walker books and gifts: a colouring book that all ages can enjoy. Featuring over 40 large scale cartoons celebrating the oddities of church life, and revealing what you actually need to pack when you’re camping at a festival, the shopping habits of the clergy, the mayhem of child-friendly services, the hazards of bring-and-share lunches and much more, this combines the fun of colouring with Dave’s distinctive and wry humour. So you get to calm down and laugh – what’s not to like? Dave Walker is the UK’s leading’s cartoon commentator on the church and all its workings, and has recently emerged as the cartoon expert on the world of cycling also. A professional cartoonist, web editor and former church and community youth worker, his instantly recognisable Guide to the Church cartoons appear weekly in the Church Times, and many more can be found on Dave’s website, www.cartoonchurch.com

The book is available to preorder:

When the time comes you should be able to buy it in your local bookshop and I’d encourage such a thing, but you’ll probably need to order it. The title may well be fine, but if you quote the following number that might help things along: ISBN-13: 9781848258976

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Tax Haven cartoon

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This is a cartoon drawn yesterday in support of various development charities and their tax haven campaigns during the Anti-corruption summit.

It is also one of the first cartoons that I’ve drawn digitally. I’ll write more about this at some point, but in the meantime you can watch my work in progress…

I was pleased that this cartoon was shared by Oxfam International and Christian Aid, though it sounds as if there is a lot more work to be done on the corruption / tax havens front.

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The PCC Member’s Essential Guide

It is the time of year when people are thinking about Parochial Church Councils, and could do with some help, perhaps in the form of a handy book.

I did a cover illustration for The PCC Member’s Essential Guide by Mark Tanner, and the image has been turned into an animation. See the video above. It isn’t often that I get animated, so enjoy it while you can.

If you’re a new Parochial Church Council member, or an old one who’d like a guide to your role, this book could well be for you. Available from Church House Publishing.

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The Elephant bike

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This is a cartoon I have done for the Elephant Bike. In summary: Elephant Bikes are old Post Office bikes that are done up and sold by a charity in a new guise. They are refurbished by young offenders, and each one bought pays for another bike to be shipped to Malawi. The cartoon hopefully explains all of this.

I have my own Elephant Bike (picture below, taken before I’d adjusted saddle to correct height…). I’ve only ridden it to do a few minor errands so far, but the plan is that it will be my supermarket shopping bike as the box at the front carries quite a decent load.

It must be said, these bikes are incredibly good value and I’d thoroughly recommend them. For only £250 (£280 with carrier + basket or box) you get a extremely sturdy low-maintenance (hub gears, drum brakes) bike refurbished to a high standard, and you’re supporting a great cause too. Buy one while you can.

You can find out more via the following links:

Elephant Bike website / Buy a bike
Elephant Bike on Facebook
Twitter – @ElephantBike

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