When Megan won the British Fantasy Society’s Short Story Competition with Rope of Words, mother and daughter longed to combine their creative skills and make a beautiful illustrated book. A legacy from Lin’s mother enabled the Kerr’s to turn their dream into a reality. Lin created 14 illustrations in watercolour for Megan’s magical realism tale of a woman and her lover who collected words.
Megan will narrate bits of the story, richly illustrated by slides, giving the background to the way she created it – and Lin will chat about how she tackled the stylisation of a universal woman who has lost her words and her lover. The original illustrations and copies of the book can be seen in an exhibition taking place at The Vale & Downland Museum during the Festival Week.
Megan Kerr is a short-story writer, novelist and poet, with a special love of magical realism, literary slipstream, and formal poetry. She has a Masters from Brasenose College, is a member of Writers in Oxford and the British Fantasy Society, and runs The Writers’ Greenhouse, creating writing courses and writers’ games and activities. She grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, but fell in love with Oxford in 1995 and has lived there since 2002.
Lin Kerr is a fine artist, a lettering artist and an illustrator. She is a Fellow of CLAS (Calligraphy and Lettering Society) and a Full Member of Letter Exchange, a society for professional lettering artists. Lin teaches, exhibits, and produces lettering-based artworks and the occasional large-scale botanical painting. She is from South Africa and has lived and worked in the UK since 1998.
Thursday, October 29. 11am. The Beacon, Wantage. £6
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