Limehouse Gets Illustrating – Yurt Salon on Friday 17th March

As publisher of Limehouse Books, my aim has been to be as eclectic as possible. Over the years I’ve published a graphic novel, a teen dystopia (hasn’t everyone?), even a poker book. I’ve taken the same approach to curating a monthly literary salon at the Yurt Cafe. On Friday 17th March, St Patrick’s Day no less, I invited three artists to the Precinct for an evening of illustration where the audience were encouraged to take part.

Not wanting to lose focus on my publishing, the starting point for the evening was a reading from Butades, a crime novel I’ll be publishing in September this year. It was the perfect story for the event, as the narrator is an artist who by a quirk of funding is given the task of documenting murders for the police force of a small town.

Acclaimed artists Ginny Skinner and Beñat Olaberria were set up to illustrate freely from the reading on paper and digitally respectively, while the painter Gail Seres-Woolfson was on hand to facilitate with the guests who had picked up pencil and paper to draw along too, before she ran an hour-long workshop on drawing the head with a willing model.

By the end of the two-hour event we had a handful of masterpieces, as you can see in these photos.

On Tuesday 18th April, we’ll be turning our focus to fiction and inviting five writers to read their work, but the audience can still draw as the evening unfolds if they really want to.

Written by Bobby Nayyar of Yurt Salon