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A colour magazine feature in yesterday's Times Magazine (p36), with double-page-spread group photo of Joyce Dunbar, Jane Ray, Jeanette Winterson, Polly Dunbar, Jan Ormerod, Lindsey Gardiner, Michael Rosen, Neal Layton, Allan Ahlberg, Raymond Briggs, Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson - all of whom are interviewed in author-illustrator pairs.
Well worth tracking down. Raymond Briggs on great form. Saying, of Allan Ahlberg's request for him to be the illustrator of the first Bert book: "He just thought I'd be cheap! I'd never heard of him. I thought with his funny foreign name he was an asylum seeker and his career might need a leg-up." And returning to a theme he developed a year or two ago in our ACHUKA interview, namely his belief that the Bert books should have been published in small format: "Publishers are so stupid. I imagined about four Bert books, a Bert's Box, even, but they said small books don't sell. What about Beatrix Potter and Mr Men, for God's sake?"

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