The Summer edition of Carousel is a great issue. Particularly noteworthy is the 5-page account, by Martin and Sinead Kromer, of a visit to New Zealand. They were there in April for the Margaret Mahy Day celebrations, which included presentation of the Margaret Mahy Medal to Bill Nagelkerke, who called his acceptance lecture ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’, “because that’s what I consider myself, and because that ancient tale offers an excellent metaphor for the magic of story – something that comes to life from the inert materials around us.”
The Kromers’ account also includes a visit to Gecko Press and a meeting with Joy Cowley and Julia Marshall.
Elsewhere in the issue I was pleased to find a profile of the talented illustrator and designer, Petr Horacek. Mike and Theresa Simkin visited Petr at his home in Worcester, where he lives with his wife Clare, an English painter he met when she was studying at the Academy of Fine Art in Prague. “We were privileged to see and hear Petr animating his story boards and demonstrating just how active and energetic his involvement is with storytelling through the thoughtfully prepared and accurately constructed novelty deivces in his booksd, whether it is a hole in the page or a shaped finish to a leaf.”
Apart from all the reviews you will also find interviews with Elen Caldecott, Cressida Cowell and Sally Prue plus much else besides. The cover price is £3.95. Postal subscriptions are available for £11.85 (UK) and £20 (overseas).